In the last few months I have been ringing for one Sunday morning per month at Rochford church – unfortunately I only have my phone with me so photos aren’t very good, but here are a few that show the exterior of the church through the seasons. Also a photo of the tea and coffee preparations – most churches on Sundays have tea and biscuits after the service, very friendly and welcoming.
We visited on 26th March 2018, the first sunny day after weeks of snow and overcast weather.
These two churches sit side-by-side in the village of Willingale, with just a churchyard between them.
St Christopher’s is on the right with the square tower, and St Andrew’s is on the left with the white wooden spire. There are allotments to the back of St Christopher’s.
Exterior of both churches:
Interior of St Christopher’s (St Andrew’s was locked):
We went out for a drive around Essex on 22nd July 2017 and this was the first church that we visited. Down a little lane off the main road to Burnham-on-Crouch, with a little parking area in front of it. The church wasn’t open, also there was no noticeboard.
The grounds were extremely neatly kept, all mowed and weeded and there was a list of do’s and don’ts in regard to headstones. Even the gravestones were in neat tidy rows.
I will admit to photoshopping out a black cable that stretched from the centre of the tower right across the graveyard, too messy 🙂
The roadside sign:
We visited this church on 14th July 2017, the weather was breezy with sunny intervals so some of the photos are in sunlight, some in shade. The church was open but there was a school class inside so we didn’t go in.
The church has a beautiful striped tower and fine flint decorative work on both the tower and the south porch. Inside the porch was a sign that read “Saint Ouen (alias Saint Andrew) Fingringhoe”.
The churchyard slopes down behind the church, and there is a black weatherboarded cottage at the bottom of the hill. Paths had been mown between some of the gravestones but most of it was overgrown with wild flowers and grass. There are a lot of photos here but I make no apologies, it was all very picturesque 🙂
In the churchyard:
Noticeboard outside the church:
Noticeboard inside the porch:
This little church is tucked away down a long winding lane with grass growing along the middle of it, ending in a little car park. Then there is a walk through a copse, maybe 100 yards or so, until coming out at St Andrew’s church on a slight hill looking over Abberton Reservoir.
When we arrived there were two gardeners mowing the grass, and their dog was tied up next to a bench out of harm’s way. It looks like it was originally a little stone chapel, with later additions of a brick tower, and a brick extension to the church. On the day that we visited (14th July 2017) the church was open.
There was no noticeboard outside the church, just a board inside the porch, I couldn’t quite reach it for a proper photo . . .
We visited this church on a Sunday morning and a service was on so we didn’t go in and disturb things. It was a blisteringly hot day – 18th June 2017 – and very bright so the photos are rather contrasty.
The church has a lovely brick-built tower with diapering, and a brick-built south porch, both of which were added during Cardinal Wolsey’s ownership of the manor of Sandon Hall.
Situated in a pretty village opposite a green with a pub. What more could you want?
I have got photos from four separate walks around this area, but have never been inside. The photos are from the 28th December 2008, the 3rd January 2010, the 2nd January 2011 and the 8th January 2012, so they were all taken in winter, some in dull weather, some in sunny weather. The church is beside the golf course.
These photos are a mixture from all four dates.
Exterior and churchyard: