We visited St Peter’s on a bright and warm day on 23rd April 2019. The church was flying the flag of St George.
The church was closed, but the churchyard was well cared for and kept up. At the back there are fields, and then a view across to the sea wall at Goldhanger Creek on the river Blackwater. There was a notice about bellringing on the noticeboard by the road, I was glad to see that 🙂
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 visited this church on 13th August 2017 on a bright day. Despite it being a Sunday morning the church was locked, and the signboard outside said that services were only held on the first Sunday of the month. However, there was confetti on the path indicating a recent wedding, and there were 3 fresh burials in the graveyard, so the church is obviously still well loved and used.
It was all very neat and tidy, and although it was down a lane with lots of lovely trees around it, there was a large Sainsbury’s store just around the corner and it is on the edge of sprawling Basildon.
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.
A pretty little church at the end of a lane, with a handsome house next to it and fields with footpaths leading out of the churchyard. We have visited twice (both times on our way to the Old Windmill pub) on 27th August 2015 and 28th August 2016 – we seem to like going in August! These photos are a mixture from both visits, some taken with my camera phone. Both times the church was locked, so we didn’t go in.
Another local church to me, and again I am ashamed that I haven’t got any good photos. I have a few taken on the 2nd February 2008 with a wide-angle lens, and one taken on 7th April 2008 (not wide-angle). I must revisit.
Paglesham Church End is a little bit isolated, with just a handful of old cottages, the Punchbowl pub, and a farm.
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.