Biggin Church Ruins – Moncks Corner, South Carolina
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The Biggin ruins located in Moncks Corner are all that remain of a church that was constructed in the early 1700s. Established by the South Carolina Commons House of Assembly when the colony was divided, Biggin Church was the parish church of St. John’s Berkeley Parish. The church was, unfortunately, victim to several devastating fires.
The first was a forest fire that destroyed the church in 1775, but it was rebuilt. Soon thereafter, British soldiers who used the church to store their ammunition during the American Revolution set it on fire when they left. It was promptly rebuilt, but after it was burned down again during the Civil War, it was abandoned and left in ruins.
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The area was used as a local brickyard for years until its surrounding cemetery began to be used again. Even though portions of walls are all that stand now, they give evidence that the original design was fairly sophisticated. There is a Gibbs surround at what may have been the main entrance, quoins at the corners, voussoirs over the windows, and a rounded water table. All of these were expertly crafted out of brick, which is impressive for construction during this time period. The ruins are included in the National Historic Register.
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