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xmungox
Junior Member

United Kingdom
33 Posts

Posted - 17 Oct 2003 :  19:29:23  Show Profile
hi there everyone im new 2 this but im tryin 2 find out as much as i can about cold christmas ive had a few people tellin me storys but i would love 2 know if anyone out there has storys about the place or if anything has happened to anyone there and does anyone know what actually happened to the church and y it is now derelict



Edited by - xmungox on 18 Oct 2003 10:01:32

Admin
Administrator

United Kingdom
530 Posts

Posted - 17 Oct 2003 :  19:42:03  Show Profile
Please try to use English English on this forum. It's not a mobile phone you know - you've a whole alphabet at your disposal on your keyboard.
Many thanks, Administrator

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xmungox
Junior Member

United Kingdom
33 Posts

Posted - 17 Oct 2003 :  19:53:53  Show Profile
im sorry but i didnt know i had to use proper english is this the only way i can talk to people on here or is there a chat room thing if u know what i mean

tammi
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xmungox
Junior Member

United Kingdom
33 Posts

Posted - 17 Oct 2003 :  21:34:57  Show Profile
plz reply i dont care if u say something and it aint even about the ghosts coz the other thing i need 2 know is how old is the church there and was it built back to front is that why it isnt used any more

tammi
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Andy B
Moderator



New Zealand
3264 Posts

Posted - 17 Oct 2003 :  22:25:19  Show Profile
Hi
Whats your interest in the church?
Or is it Cold Christmas in general.

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Andrew
Average Member

United Kingdom
129 Posts

Posted - 17 Oct 2003 :  22:49:52  Show Profile
Hello, xmungox.

Cold Christmas does not have a church, so I presume you mean the ruined church of Thundridge. Only the tower now stands. It has a Norman (twelfth century) door in it, so the now ruined church must be approaching 900 years old. However, the tower is not as old as that because the doorway was moved when it was built.

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xmungox
Junior Member

United Kingdom
33 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2003 :  09:58:48  Show Profile
i have an intressed in both cold christmas and the church. thanx for the bit u have just given me it helps but why is it not in use any more (built the whong way)ive heard that it was built the whong way.also why or what happened to the people in the graves as if u look they all died around the same time and some of them are very young,and there is only the two familys there why is this

tammi
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Vlospire
Average Member



United Kingdom
158 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2003 :  10:35:29  Show Profile
There were rumours about 15 years ago that it was a gathering place for local (pretend) witches, it has a bad reputation and when i was younger a party was broken up by the police there.
Maybe if you ask your local vicar if he can get hold of the records for the diocese you would find out more.

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xmungox
Junior Member

United Kingdom
33 Posts

Posted - 19 Oct 2003 :  21:27:25  Show Profile
thank you for your reply i have found out a few things by lookin up the diocese on the church it has been a good help so the things i really need to know about is the things that have gone on there ive been told many atimes that there is ghosts about the church and cold christmas lane but i dont know if they are true or not but if anyone else could fill me in on a few things it would be a good help thanx

tammi
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spacerideruk
New Member

9 Posts

Posted - 20 Oct 2003 :  16:52:20  Show Profile
will be good there on halloween night LOADS OF PPPL

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xmungox
Junior Member

United Kingdom
33 Posts

Posted - 20 Oct 2003 :  18:52:52  Show Profile
yer proberly will but the thing is the police block off all the ways to get to the church so you cant get to it

tammi
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xmungox
Junior Member

United Kingdom
33 Posts

Posted - 23 Oct 2003 :  12:26:45  Show Profile
is there no one else out there thats knows anything else about the church and the goings on in cold christmas

tammi
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Vlospire
Average Member



United Kingdom
158 Posts

Posted - 26 Oct 2003 :  00:31:22  Show Profile
who is going to the ruined churchyard at halloween ? it sounds like it might be good fun.

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Speculator
Average Member

United Kingdom
371 Posts

Posted - 26 Oct 2003 :  00:41:40  Show Profile

Is this the place where numerous footsteps trod,
Where living votaries fill'd the house of God?
Where the full chorus of the sounding choir
Bade one loud strain of prayer and praise aspire?
How silent now the desolated spot,
Its paths untrodden and its use forgot!
quote:


see http://www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk/data/places/thundridge.htm


Spec

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interloper
Junior Member

United Kingdom
87 Posts

Posted - 03 Nov 2003 :  13:29:11  Show Profile
Did anyone get there then? What happened???

If there are no replies, I will asuume that you all met grizzly ends!

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xmungox
Junior Member

United Kingdom
33 Posts

Posted - 03 Nov 2003 :  18:07:33  Show Profile
No, we didn't go. We really wanted to but we had a family party for our children but we will be going there soon.

tammi
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Capri
Average Member



177 Posts

Posted - 10 Nov 2003 :  22:40:59  Show Profile
Hello there,

At last I find something about the old ruined church at Thunderidge! Or at least some mention of it. I have a huge interest for sites such as these, particularly if they are rumoured to have ghosts.

Ever since I have moved to Herts I've heard a few stories of strange events and happenings in various different places, and I've often heard of the old church at "Cold Christmas", which of course is not in the village itself but in the valley on the way there.

I,like Tammi have heard tales and rumours of withcraft, vandalism and desecration down there over the years, and people say it's haunted. But I noticed from this website that there is no real evidence of any hauntings, and it seems that no one really wants to talk about it, or everyone is so cagey about it, or maybe no one really knows anything! Maybe no one is interested.

But I am. I am intrigued by the place.Why is it that such a pretty place as been left go to ruin for so long?
How sad a place it is to visit. I visited it with my mother last year and it was horrid to see the vandalism that has been done to all those graves and to the tower, what a lovely spot it must have been once. I must admit, it is a very creepy place, even during a warm summers day! I can see the attraction to groups of kids to spook themselves out at night! But how sad to see it, and to wonder what it must have been like all those years ago.

So does anyone know anything? Was it a private church to a great family? Are there any relatives alive today that can trace their ancestors back to those graves? Does anyone have any information
or is it that none of you really do know anything about it, and that we only have rumours of the nasty goings-on there and it will sleep on silently for the next 500 years, holding it's forgotten history in it's poor decrepid desecrated stones,in a quiet,brooding sadness that it's true purpose has long been forgotten.

Do I detect another sigh of boredom from those of you that visit this comments page?


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xmungox
Junior Member

United Kingdom
33 Posts

Posted - 11 Nov 2003 :  08:50:44  Show Profile
i think people do get bored reading about it if they know nothin about im so interested in the church tho not just the hurting but the church as well we have been there both night and day it was very spooky on both times.i have been doin some research online and i have found out about the a lady there called sarah gutteridge i got the name from the head stone it was very interesting she had a daughter but there was nothing about any father.but the other reason for me looking for these people is because if u look at the head stones they are nealy all the same name and all died around the same time also because some of the children where very young.if anyone know about these people please tell

tammi
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interloper
Junior Member

United Kingdom
87 Posts

Posted - 11 Nov 2003 :  09:49:49  Show Profile
It's not boring at all - its local history! What kind of dates are on the headstones if they are all from about the same time? Could it be the plague or something?

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