Well happy new year! I hope you've had a good Christmas and New Year.
Other than being at work I've spent the holidays with my Dad. Its been a quiet period and I have visit a number of Essex churches which I'll share here
This is Berechurch in the care of the excellent Churches Conservation Trust. The church (now known as Audley House) is used as offices but the chancel is still consecrated.
The village of Willingale is fairly close to where I live. It is unusual in have two churches in the same churchyard. Willingale was once two parishes, Willingale Doe and Spain. No one really knows why although the most logical one is that the orginal church was built by Harvey D'Espania (Willingale Spain) and in the 14th century the increase in the Wool trade meant that the church was too small and a new one was built by the D'ou family (Willingale Doe) who had come to live in Willingale. The churches were separated until 1929 with two rectors. Today St Andrew (Spain) is redundant and in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust
This is St Christopher's with which St Andrew's shares its churchyard.
It was a dull day when I visited Finchingfield and Thaxted.
St John the Baptist, Finchinfield.
St John the Baptist, Thaxted.
St Mary, Little Easton
St Mary, Little Sampford.