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It’s a fine light and spacious church, unusually wide for a Norman church, with a wonderful acoustic for music. The angels on the early 16th century roof beams gaze down on even more ancient pews, fine glass and wood carvings, and on the wonderful tomb of the Everard family with their little children.
There's Roman brick in the tower, castellated side aisles and tower, and the heaviest set of 8 bells in Essex. The church is set in a beautiful churchyard with several other ancient and important buildings around, and there is a charming lime walk studded with snowdrops and daffodils in spring.
The tower contains a community room (used for Sunday School too) and toilets; we have a small kitchen area at the back of the north aisle. There is a children’s area in the church for children to sit and draw or play quietly during services, under their parents’ care.
We welcome everyone to our services. Please note that we share events and worship with St John the Evangelist, Ford End, and St Nicholas, Chignal Smealy.
With such a wonderful old church we are always fundraising for repairs and improvements - we have just redecorated the inside and it looks wonderful! Our active Friends group puts the "fun" into "fundraising". Contact them via the churchwardens!
St Mary & St Lawrence Church
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