A Church on the Edge
Trans church is a Norman ashlar church that is located 50 m from the cliff top on the west coast about 1.5 km south of Bovbjerg lighthouse. Before the lighthouse was built the churches at Trans, Ferring and Fjaltring were important landmarks for ships in the North Sea. When the church was built it was located in the middle of the parish at a safe distance from the coast, but coastal erosion has resulted in its present precarious position only 50 m from the dynamic coast. The stretch of coast from Ferring to Trans was protected with the construction of groynes in the early 1900s, but this has not completely stopped the coastal erosion. The cliff at Bovbjerg is retreating at a rate of about 50 cm per year, despite additional efforts to prevent erosion by the feeding of sand onto the beach.