Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Woodham Mortimer, Essex

St Margaret was very firmly locked, Victorian and has a curious north chapel and vestry. According to Pevsner I didn't miss much.

ST MARGARET. C19, except for the S wall of the nave with one small Norman window and the rear-arch of the doorway. - PLATE. Cup on Elizabethan stem. - BRASS. Dorothy Alleine d. 1584, nothing special.

St Margaret (3)


WOODHAM MORTIMER. Whoever peeps into this church on the road to Maldon will make the acquaintance of a delightful Elizabethan maid, engraved in brass and wearing a pleated gown. This is from the inscription they wrote for her, little Dorothy Alleine:

A little imp here buried is,
Her soul to Christ is fled.

The church in which she lies has been rebuilt save for one wall, which is Norman and has an arch with remains of red colour. The capital of the pillar piscina is Norman, and possibly the round font, which stands on a medieval stem. The altar table is 17th century and there is carving of that age on the pulpit and the organ case.

The hall by the church is a fine three-storeyed building with a 16th century wing framed in timber at the back, and made imposing by four Dutch gables added to the front 300 years ago.

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