Friday, 26 April 2013

Alresford, Essex

A week ago today I went on an ambitious trip intending to visit 13 churches (most of which I assumed would be locked) in and around Colchester; when I arrived at my first stop, Little Bromley, I discovered that my battery was in its charger at home - so on Wednesday I tried again.

St Peter is a ruin and rather a nice one. Following a major fire in 1971 it was abandoned but having been Grade II listed in 1966 it is now in the care of Essex County Council. A quick Google reveals all sorts of nonsense about it being used for witchcraft rituals and apparently it's a huge draw for those interested in the paranormal - all bollocks of course but here's a hilarious investigation.

It's actually more attractive now than when it was extant although it's a shame to lose Mee's Morris chancel window.

CHURCH. Nave, lower (rebuilt) chancel, and (rebuilt) belfry Roman brick quoins at the W end date the nave as Norman. Nice W gallery with twisted balusters, C18.

St Peter (6)

St Peter (5)

ALRESFORD. A scattered little place on high tableland, Nature has endowed it with fine woods round Alresford Hall, and round the old farmhouse called Tenpenny Brook, which has timbers that have lasted 400 years. A little way off (a mile to the west) a few fragments of brick and tessellated paving mark the site of a Roman house; we have seen Samian ware and painted plaster from it in Colchester Museum. A long lane leads us to the little church standing with a cross to village heroes in the loneliness of the fields. The shingled spire of the belfry rises above the walls the Normans built, and there are Roman tiles set in the corners of the nave. Over the altar is a lovely William Morris window.


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