I hadn’t been to this church for about 9 months so I thought I’d pay it a visit . . . on a chilly and overcast January day, 8th January 2018 . . . I walked round the graveyard and bumped into an acquaintance, Jonathan, who I met on a local adult education course last year about Essex churches.
When I exclaimed at how different it looked, he told me that they had been clearing the churchyard all last summer and autumn. It does look a lot brighter, particularly the entrance past the door in the west wall, which was very overgrown before.
I didn’t go into the church, just took photos outside.
Gothic . . . 🙂
Newly pruned trees, allowing a lot more light into the graveyard
This Grade II Listed church is to the east of the town of Southend-on-Sea, in a built-up but not crowded area. I have got photos from eight separate visits: 25th August 2008, 17th December 2008, 20th January 2010, 27th January 2010, 27th November 2010, 26th November 2011, 7th December 2015 and 4th May 2017. These photos are a mixture from all 8 visits!
I have got photos from a couple of dates: a walk past on the 14th March 2012, and a visit to the church and tower on the Tower Open Day on 25th May 2015. I did get a couple of shots inside but not many. Most of my photos are of the view from the tower . . .
Interior including bell-ringing chamber:
Bernard Sadler on the #3 bell was the Tower Captain at Prittlewell for many years, and he still rings occasionally despite being in his late 80s (May 2017)