Blackmore – Priory Church of St Laurence

Visited on 27th March 2018. It was very bright weather and hard to get a decent shot of this beautiful church. It was closed.




Willingale – St Christopher’s and St Andrew’s

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):



Mundon – St Mary’s (redundant church)

We visited St Mary’s in Mundon on 31st January 2018. It was bitterly cold and we caught it between showers of sleet, fortunately the sun came out for us though 🙂

It is redundant, but not deconsecrated. At the back of the church is a field and you can walk across it to the Mundon petrified oaks. We were hoping to do this but it was so muddy that it would have been a very unpleasant walk and our white fluffy dog would have got filthy.

St Mary’s, Mundon
Notice about the church




Southchurch (Southend on Sea) – Holy Trinity

I hadn’t been to this church for about 9 months so I thought I’d pay it a visit . . . on a chilly and overcast January day, 8th January 2018 . . . I walked round the graveyard and bumped into an acquaintance, Jonathan, who I met on a local adult education course last year about Essex churches.

When I exclaimed at how different it looked, he told me that they had been clearing the churchyard all last summer and autumn. It does look a lot brighter, particularly the entrance past the door in the west wall, which was very overgrown before.

Door in the west wall with newly cut back trees either side of it

I didn’t go into the church, just took photos outside.