Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Wickford, Essex

St Catherine has left no impression whatsoever with me - it's very small, plain and, apparently, utterly forgettable; so much so that Pevsner doesn't mention it.

St Catherine (2)

WICKFORD. A compact village round which the River Crouch swings under three bridges, it has kept in its rebuilt church a font and two bells of the 15th century. A window as old is in the vestry, and all who come will be glad that Wickford has used again its old chancel roof, handsome with carved bosses and shields. In the doorway are gates adorned with leaves and scrolls; and an attractive window to a doctor shows Christ as the healer of the sick, with a lad on crutches and a child in its mother’s arms.

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