Friday, 17 September 2010

Great Saling, Essex

St James is located in the grounds of Saling Hall - if you are into gardening this in its own right is worth a visit - and was heavily restored by the Victorians leaving a rather austere interior but a nice exterior. It's a pleasant enough church but even Mee struggled to find much to say about Great Saling!

ST JAMES THE GREAT. Late C14 W tower narrow, with one thin diagonal buttress and battlements. The chancel is of 1857-64, and the nave too much renewed to deserve notice. - FONT. Octagonal, with tracery panels. 



GREAT SALING. Its church is a 14th century building much restored, with a traceried font and some roof beams of the 15th century, a panelled chest 200 years younger, and a monument with the kneeling figure of Bartlet Sheddon who died in 1823 (no longer extant). Shining in the tower window is a red robed St James, to whom the church belongs. Among the elms stand Saling Hall, a noble building of 250 years ago, with two gabled wings.

Flickr set.

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