We visited St Osyth on 7th September 2018. We were hoping to go into the Priory but it was covered in scaffolding and appeared to be closed. Another day perhaps. Instead we consoled ourselves by viewing the church of Ss Peter and Paul, which is practically opposite the Priory, right in the centre of this little town. It was open, which was nice. A large portion of the churchyard at the back was fenced off and it looked as if possibly animals were kept in there. There were pots of glorious red begonias outside.
We finished our trip to Mersea Island on the 14th July 2017 with a visit to St Peter & St Paul in West Mersea. The church was open, and there was quite a lot of work going on, some painting inside the porch, and lots of things being moved in and out of the building. It is situated in the middle of the busy High Street with cafes opposite and plenty of people and traffic passing by.
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.
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.
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.