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Biggin Church Ruins – Moncks Corner, South Carolina

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Located in Moncks Corner, these ruins are on the site of a church that was built in 1711 but these ruins are the remains of the structure built in 1761. Established by the South Carolina Commons House of Assembly when the colony was divided into 10 parishes, Biggin Church was the parish church of St. John’s Berkeley Parish. Unfortunately, the church fell victim to three devastating fires.

Biggin Church Ruins

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The first was a forest fire that destroyed the church in 1755. It was rebuilt, but soon afterwards, British soldiers who used the church to store ammunition during the Revolutionary War set it on fire when they left. It was rebuilt again, but after burning down a third time from a forest fire in 1886, its parishioners left it in ruins.

Biggin Church 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 now stand, they give evidence that the original design was fairly sophisticated.

Biggin Church Ruins

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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.

Biggin Church Ruins

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The churchyard is beautiful year round, but especially during the spring. Azaleas, redbuds, dogwood trees and more bloom to create a garden-like atmosphere surrounding the grave markers. The yard is lovingly maintained by the same vestry as Strawberry Chapel, and is open to visitors during daylight hours.

Biggin Church Ruins Entrance

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Biggin Church is listed in the National Register:

Biggin Church Ruins are the remains of the parish church of St. John’s Parish. The church was established by an act of the South Carolina Commons House of Assembly in 1706, which divided the colony into ten parishes. The original Biggin Church was probably completed ca. 1711. Biggin Church was used through the mid-nineteenth century and the surrounding cemetery is still being used. During the American Revolution, ammunitions were stored in the church by British troops who, upon leaving, set the church on fire. The church was burned several other times throughout its use, the last time in the late 1800s when it was not subsequently rebuilt. For many years the site served as a local brickyard. Although only portions of two walls remain, there is evidence that originally Biggin Church was designed with a degree of sophistication. Notable architectural details which remain include a Gibbs surround at the main portal, quoins at the corner, radiating voussoirs over the windows, and a rounded water table—all executed in brick.

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Biggin Berkeley County

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Biggin Church Ruins entrance

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Biggin Church Ruins

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Biggin Church Ruins And Cemetery

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Biggin Ruins

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Biggin Church Ruins Info

Address: South Carolina Highway 402 near Old Cherry Hill Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
GPS Coordinates: 33.212405,-79.966709

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7 Comments about Biggin Church Ruins

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 25th, 2016 at 6:45 am

Contact the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce:

ErinNo Gravatar says:
October 24th, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Are weddings allowed to be held here?

Sandra BrownNo Gravatar says:
October 29th, 2015 at 11:21 pm

I am trying to work on my family tree and I am stumped on where Umbra is located some of my family members thought that it was not far from this church of which my great, great grandfather was the preacher. Most of the family is buried there such as Avengers and Riches. We are so excited to find out more puzzle pieces to our family tree. Thank you.

DerekNo Gravatar says:
May 31st, 2015 at 2:57 pm

I live seven miles from the church. Visited today. Absolutely beautiful.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 3rd, 2014 at 8:11 am

Good question! Here is a link to a site that documents these types of things:

Gary HuntNo Gravatar says:
September 2nd, 2014 at 12:52 pm

What is the earliest grave marker date in this cemetery? Thank you.

marycummingsNo Gravatar says:
August 4th, 2012 at 10:00 am

can you give me the address or directions to the ruins? thanks

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