A pub and a Church under the same (small) roof

The Church of All Saints in Dale Abbey, Derbyshire

The church of All Saints, at just 26 by 25 feet, is probably one of the smallest in the country. But it also has other claims to fame. It dates from the mid-12th century and shares a roof with an adjoining farmhouse.  Most unusual perhaps is that for some time before 1820 the farmhouse was used as a pub called the Blue Bell, the bar being used as a vestry, with a door into the aisle. Through this door, it is said that “worshippers were accustomed to steal to refresh themselves.”

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