St Alban's Church, Cheam
This church is an early example of recycling at its best. After an ancient building was demolished, the best bits were kept and used to construct this striking place of worship...
St. Albans Church, Cheam
Did you know? In 1930, it was decided that the Gander Green End of Cheam parish needed a church of its own. St Alban's was constructed using ancient beams, panelling, bricks and other materials taken from 400 year old Cheam Court Farm, which used to be one of the farms of Nonsuch Palace. Materials from the barns, cowsheds and outbuildings were used – and this gave rise to locals naming it the Barn Church.
Above left: entrance to St Alban's. Above right: the inscription on the wall outside the church