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These stunning pictures show how a 650-year-old church has been reclaimed by nature since it fell into disrepair back in the 1960s.
Hidden in the deepest Cornish countryside, two miles east of the city of Truro, the tiny Hamlet of Merther is home to this enchanting ruin – like something out of a Brother's Grimm fairytale.
Stunning photos show shattered windows and empty doorways, with ivy slowly creeping its way up walls and over what were no doubt once impressive vaulted ceilings.
Ancient gravestones lie nestled among the roots of giant trees and entire parts of the building are now covered head-to-toe in lush vegetation.
First built some time around 1370, Merther Church was a key part of the local community for hundreds of years and was even heavily renovated in 1844.
But by the turn of the 20th century, dwindling congregation sizes meant there was less money for church renovations and a wooden shed-like structure was built on top of the tower to house the bells and presumably save the cost of rebuilding.
Inside the eerie abandoned farmhouse from the 1880s where 'time has stood still'
It was soon deemed structurally unsafe to ring the bells and, as the population further dwindled in Merther and nearby areas the church slowly fell into disrepair.
The last service ever held inside its crumbling walls took place on July 25, 1945, but it still took the better part of two decades for the building to be "officially declared a ruin" in 1962.
Eerie abandoned cottage left untouched for decades as furniture sinks into floor
In 1970 the last central arches collapsed and the roof collapsed, allowing nature in.
And by 1998, contractors estimated the church needed £30,000 of repairs to be deemed safe once again – almost £54,000 in today's money when adjusted for inflation.
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