Holme Church, Huntingdonshire

The little church in Holme, south of Peterborough, is fairly unremarkable. A church has stood here since the 12th Century with 13th and 15th Century additions. However, this has been almost entirely replaced with a Victorian structure dating to around 1862.

Although the church is unspectacular, Holme was home (if you excuse the pun) to something more remarkable – The Floating Church of Holme. The idea came to the Rev. G. Broke, rector of Holme in the late 1800s. The Bishop of Ely sanctioned the idea in 1890 and so the idea became reality.

The idea was a simple one, a church on a boat which would be able to reach the hard to access areas of the Fens between Holme, Ramsey and Ely. The boat was dedicated in April 1897 and continued to operate until 1904. It is thought that the Floating Church was unique to the Fens.

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