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Little Gidding, Cambridgeshire

Little Gidding is a tiny hamlet in the Cambridgeshire countryside. The idyllic setting and quaint little church make for some fabulous photo opportunities and the surrounding picture perfect fields and woodland give the setting an almost magical quality.

Little Gidding is an “inspiring-ly” isolated and a pretty little place, once acting as a place of inspiration for the author and poet T.S. Eliot. The village was a victim of the Black Death and was discovered in 1624 as a deserted, dilapidated place by Nicholas Ferrar. Two years later, Nicholas undertook an 8-week religious fast to become a deacon and turn Little Gidding into a religious community. King Charles I used to visit Little Gidding on many occasions as a practicing High Anglican. Ferrar died in 1637, which saved him from seeing his beloved community pillaged and sacked in 1646 by Puritans. His nephew renovated the church to its original form in 1714 and it still remains today a little unique piece of history.

The community itself remains small and remote, accessed by a single track rode flanked by high verges that seem to have run riot down the middle of the road through little use. The village is peaceful and you can roam around the church and surrounding grounds without seeing another soul. The bed and breakfast next door to the church advertises a tea room and museum but I didn’t investigate; maybe one to do another day. It may be small, but the history of this place alone makes it well worth a visit. It would make for some great, atmospheric black-and-white shots.

written by ellierose1989

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