Woodham Ferrers – St Mary the Virgin

We arrived at this church, hidden behind a steep hill in the village, on a hot sunny day 18th June 2017, just as a christening was coming to an end. So the church was open and after the guests had all left we were welcomed in by the vicar.

We parked across the road in a car park marked “overflow car park” . . . which I suspect was an overflow for the pub, not the church 🙂

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South facade of St Mary the Virgin, Woodham Ferrers
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A photo of two halves . . .

Exterior:

Interior:

The noticeboard:

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Red handpainted noticeboard

Radwinter – St Mary the Virgin

Radwinter church is on the main road through the village and is surrounded by old buildings and greenery so that it’s not easy to get the whole church into one frame. It is a handsome church with a beautiful south porch. I haven’t been inside.

We visited on 1st May 2017 and walked round to the back and there is a wonderful graveyard with a gate leading to some old houses. A tiny little library is in the churchyard too. It was altogether a most delightful setting 🙂

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Exterior:

Churchyard and environs:

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The noticeboard

Prittlewell – St Mary the Virgin

St Mary’s in Prittlewell is a Grade I listed building which now comes under the borough of Southend-on-Sea.

I have got so many photos of this church, taken on many occasions between 2007 and now (May 2017) but I haven’t actually got a particularly good one of the whole church! Photos have been taken with a variety of cameras, lenses, and my cameraphone. Anyway, here it is and a selection of exterior shots:

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St Mary the Virgin, Prittlewell

The exterior:

The interior of the church:

Prittlewell church has 10 bells, 18-0-9, in E:

The view from the tower:

Maldon – St Mary the Virgin

St Mary the Virgin is on a hill above the Hythe in Maldon – this is where the Thames barges moor and there is a great view from the churchyard, down the hill past the Jolly Sailor pub, to the quayside.

I’ve got photos from three separate visits on 30th August 2010, 20th April 2013 and 12th September 2015. I haven’t been inside. These photos are a mixture from all three dates.

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St Mary the Virgin, Maldon
St Mary the Virgin, Maldon, essex, church
View from the churchyard, past the Jolly Sailor, to Thames barges moored on the Hythe – note the white fluffy dog on the tomb at bottom left

 

 

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The noticeboard

Great Warley – St Mary the Virgin

I visited this glorious Arts and Crafts/Art Nouveau church on a freezing cold 12th February 2017 with husband, in-laws, and dog. We were all made very welcome inside the church and offered tea and coffee, and also were given a guided tour by a charming lady who was understandably very proud of her church.

It was built in 1902 by Evelyn Heseltine in memory of his brother Arnold. The architect was Charles Harrison Townsend, but the furnishing and interior decoration was by Sir William Reynolds-Stephens. It is all beautifully designed and executed, with stained glass by Burne-Jones. It also has an 8-bell carillon.

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The lych gate
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Approaching the church from the road

The exterior:

The interior: