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English church rebuilt in Japan

The reproduced All Saints Church Brockhampton

An English countryside church is proving to be a popular place for couples to marry - in Japan.

Developers have reproduced All Saints Church Brockhampton, near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, on the 21st and 22nd floors of a tower block in Osaka.

On the same floors as the reproduced church are photographic studios and restaurants, while a hotel and honeymoon suites are above.

The Grade-I listed church is one of the few with a thatched roof in England.

Reverend Will Pridie said the developers had visited the church and took laser measurements to enable the new one to be built.

His wife, Wendy, said the Japanese developers, European Connections Ltd, had found the church by accident.

"They were travelling through Herefordshire and, I don't know if they got lost or not, but they happened to pass by the church," she said.

The developers said it was popular for Japanese couples to travel to Western-style churches to get married or for blessings. They then contacted the church through its website and asked for permission for it to be copied.

"The Parochial Church Council agreed and they then made the replica," she said.

The replica is three quarters the size of the original church.

"It looks stunning, it looks like the church in so many aspects," Mrs Pridie added.

"We are a very tiny village and congregation. I think everyone is just astonished that anyone would do such a thing - especially when you consider it is 21 floors up."

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