West Tilbury – St James (closed)

We passed by this church on 27th March 2019, on a dull day weather-wise.

This church was closed in 1979 and now appears to be a private residence. There are stone dragons on the top of the lych gate, and a large woodpile, so presumably there is a wood-burning stove inside. Also several lamps in the grounds, they don’t look like church lamps. Visitors still have access to the churchyard, although the church itself and its grounds are private.

This church is visible from the Tilbury loop railway line, and I have always been curious about it.


Brightlingsea – All Saints with St James

We visited this church on 7th September 2018. It was closed. It is situated on a hill outside the town, with fields all around and there is a wooden turnstile beside the lynch gate.  It has got a huge churchyard. The tower is tall and very fine, with niches on two sides, empty but presumably originally had figures in them. There was a patch of mint in the churchyard, it smelled lovely as we walked over it. Out the back, looking down the hill, we could see a creek.

All Saints with St James at Brightlingsea

Dengie – St James

We visited this church on 22nd July 2017, the church was closed. The grounds were not particularly tidy and there is no path to the entrance porch, but around the side there was a tent with a barbecue and some picnic benches so the church seems to be well used. There is no noticeboard.

It is fairly off the beaten track and surrounded by farmland. This flat open countryside of the Dengie peninsula is not dramatic but it has its own beauty.

dengie, st james, essex, church
St James – Dengie

The exterior of the church: