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Moncks Corner in Berkeley County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Biggin Church

 
 
Biggin Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Biggin Church Marker
Inscription. Parish Church of St. John's Berkeley, founded by Act of Assembly November 30, 1706. Church erected in 1712. Burned by forest fire in 1775 and restored. Burned by Col. Coates of the British Army in 1781 and again restored. Burned again by forest fire about 1886. Gen. William Moultrie and Henry Laurens were among the vestrymen of the parish. (Marker Number 8-9.)
 
Location. 33° 12.779′ N, 79° 57.981′ W. Marker is in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, in Berkeley County. Marker is on State Road 402, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located between Carswell Lane and Biggins Road. Marker is in this post office area: Moncks Corner SC 29461, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santee Canal (approx. 0.8 miles away); Berkeley County Confederate Monument (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Santee Canal (approx. 1.4 miles away); Colleton House: “Unmanly Practices” or Legitimate Target? (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fort Fair Lawn: An Archeaological Treasure (approx. 1.4 miles away); C.S.S. David (approx. 1.4 miles away); Stony Landing House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wadboo Barony (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Moncks Corner.
 
Regarding Biggin Church.
Biggin Church Marker, as seen looking south along State Road 402 Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 20, 2009
2. Biggin Church Marker, as seen looking south along State Road 402
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. Listed in the National Register December 13, 1977.
(South Carolina Department of Archives and History )
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. see Strawberry Chapel
 
Also see . . .
1. Biggin Church. The site on which this Church is situated
Biggin Church Marker as seen looking north Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 20, 2009
3. Biggin Church Marker as seen looking north
is said to have received its name from Biggin Hill in Kent, England (Submitted on October 19, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Touring South Carolina's Revolutionary War Sites By Daniel W. Barefoot, page 44-45. Biggin Church was located at the intersection of three roads... (Submitted on October 19, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial Era
 
Biggin Church ruins Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 20, 2009
4. Biggin Church ruins
Biggin Church and cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 20, 2009
5. Biggin Church and cemetery
National Register of Historic Places:
Biggin Church Ruins ** (added 1977 - Site - #77001215) • 2 mi. NE of Moncks Corner on SC 402, Moncks Corner • Historic Significance: Event • Area of Significance: Social History, Religion, Military • Period of Significance: 1700-1749, 1750-1799, 1800-1824, 1825-1849, 1850-1874, 1875-1899 • Owner: Private • Historic Function: Funerary, Religion • Historic Sub-function: Cemetery, Religious Structure • Current Function: Funerary • Current Sub-function: Cemetery •
Biggin Church and cemetery ruins Photo, Click for full size
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 1977
6. Biggin Church and cemetery ruins
Biggin Church and cemetery ruons Photo, Click for full size
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 1977
7. Biggin Church and cemetery ruons
Biggin Church Photo, Click for full size
Thomas T. Waterman, Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1939
8. Biggin Church
Historic American Engineering Record, HABS SC,8-MONCO.V,2-2
Biggin Church, west front detail Photo, Click for full size
Thomas T. Waterman, Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1939
9. Biggin Church, west front detail
Historic American Engineering Record, HABS SC,8-MONCO.V,2-3
 
 
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