Westcliff-on-Sea – Greek Orthodox Church of St Barbara, St Phanourios and St Paul

On its Facebook page this Greek Orthodox church calls itself Church of St Barbara, St Phanourios and Paul the Apostle. The noticeboard outside the church has slightly different wording, possibly missing a couple of apostrophes . . .

Here are a handful of photos from 29th December 2007, not very good quality I’m afraid.

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The Greek Orthodox Church of St Barbara, St Phanourios and Paul the apostle, Westcliff-on-Sea

Noticeboard:

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The noticeboard
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Waltham Abbey – the Abbey Church of the Holy Cross and St Laurence

This church is all that remains of the once large Waltham Abbey, which gave the present town of Waltham Abbey its name. It’s got a beautiful ceiling.

We visited once on the 20th February 2010, due for another visit I think.

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Abbey Church of the Holy Cross and St Laurence, Waltham Abbey

Interior:

 

Noticeboard:

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The noticeboard

Thaxted – St John the Baptist with Our Lady and St Laurence

Thaxted church is one of the most beautiful in Essex, and is situated at the top of a hill lined with notable old houses. There is a Guildhall dating from around 1450 just nearby and also a windmill. All very photogenic!

I have lots of photos of this church, a couple from a visit on a beautiful sunny day on 19th March 2012 and the rest from a visit on another beautiful sunny day on 6th April 2017.

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St John the Baptist, Thaxted

Exterior and views around the churchyard:

Interior:

Maldon – All Saints with St Peter

This handsome church with its triangular tower is situated right in the middle of busy little Maldon’s High Street, with modern shops and old buildings all around it. They cluster so closely that it’s very difficult to take a shot of the whole church.

I’ve got photos from a couple of walks round the outside, on the 20th April 2013 and the 30th April 2017. I haven’t been inside.

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The triangular tower

 

The exterior:

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The noticeboard

 

Horndon-on-the-Hill – St Peter and St Paul

I just happened to be in Horndon-on-the-Hill on 14th July 2008 for lunch with my sister, and I just happened to have my camera with me . . . we strolled past the church and I took a few shots. It was quite leafy with an avenue of trees leading up to the porch and lots of greenery around the back. We didn’t go inside.

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The exterior:

 

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The noticeboard

Hockley – St Peter and St Paul

Hockley church is up on a hill with a view over to the river Crouch in the distance. There is a gorgeous house opposite, and a thatched cottage next to it, otherwise there aren’t many houses nearby. It has an irregular octagonal tower.

I have photographed it three times: on 16th February 2008, on 29th March 2009, and 13th February 2013 and these photos are from all three visits I think. I have not been inside.

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The exterior:

 

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The noticeboard

Fairstead – St Mary the Virgin (St Mary and St Peter)

Right out in the country, located amongst fields, lovely old church of Fairstead. It has original wall paintings inside. I visited on May 5th 2017, Spring Bank Holiday, and it was deserted.

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Approaching the church on a Spring Bank Holiday

Exterior:

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Eastwood – St Laurence and All Saints

St Laurence is a very old church which now finds itself at the end of a runway at Southend Airport! There is a sarsen stone at the base of a pillar, very difficult to photograph. These pics were taken on a visit to the church on 5th May 2017.

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St Laurence and All Saints, Eastwood

I couldn’t embed a Google map so I will give you the address instead: St Laurence & All Saints Church, Junction of Aviation Way and Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UN

Exterior:

Interior:

St Laurence is a ground floor ring of 6 bells, here the ropes are kept up out of harm’s way with a spider

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Noticeboard

Debden – St Mary the Virgin and All Saints

Pretty much everyone is covered in the dedication to this church 🙂

Church is beautifully located down a long lane into the countryside, beside Debden Hall. I visited on May 1st 2017 and it was open and completely deserted, not another soul around.

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Approaching the church from the road

Exterior:

Interior:

 

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Sign on the gatepost