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The network of footpath and bridleways that remain today evolved over time to serve the traditional way of village and town life in rural Essex. Regardless of land ownership, these tracks were the 'glue' that bound together a community that needed to walk between home, woodland, mill, market, farm and church.

Nature Reserves, Bird sanctuaries and Woods

This is a list of open spaces where you can walk and enjoy natural surroundings on permissive paths. Not all woods and nature reserves are included - we have attempted to show only those areas which provide additions to the public network of footpaths. This includes the new 'Open Access' areas.

Owner Name Near Parking Grid Ref Acres Description Nearest walk
Owner Name Near Parking MapLink Acres Description Nearest walk
EWTAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (EWT) Colchester Parking TL965179 1200

Wetlands and wood (mostly water)

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EWTAbbotts Hall Farm Mersea Parking TL963146 700

A 700 acre coastal farm situated on the Blackwater Estuary. SSSI.

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ECCApe's Grove (ECC) Loughton Parking difficult TQ475969 15

The wood is bounded by a ditch and bank enclosing mainly hornbeam coppice. Open public access around a circular route within the wood.

EWTAubrey Buxton (EWT)Stansted Mountfitchet Parking TL520261 24

A designed landscape from its earlier days as Norman House parkland. Composed of woodland and open grassy areas with a number of man-made ponds.

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EWTBackwarden Nature Reserve (EWT) Danbury ParkingTL780038 32

The south-west section of Danbury Common, an Open Access mosaic of woodland, common and heath, streams and bogs.

Saffron Trail
LABarling Magna Wildlife Reserve Southend ParkingTQ921899 12

Two meadows and a borrow dyke near the River Roach, run by volunteers and Parish Council.

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PrivateBass Woods (Private)Burnham-on-Crouch Parking
TQ909977 24

A newly planted wood with a small car park, a network of mown paths and seating.

Fambridge to Burnham
LABedfords Park (LA) Romford ParkingTQ516923 215

Set in the stunning grounds of Bedfords Park, an historic parkland site of 215 acres, owned and managed by the London Borough of Havering. Deer enclosure.

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LAHadleigh Great Wood, Dodds Grove SSSI and Belfairs Park (LA) Leigh-on-Sea ParkingTQ823876 304

Belfairs Nature Reserve - also known as Hadleigh Great Wood - has been managed, through coppicing, to create a perfect home for a diverse range of wildlife.

WTBelhus Chase (WT)Rainham Parking none TQ569819 137

Pedestrian access on trail from from Belhus Woods Country Park. Open access.

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ECCBelhus Woods Country Park (ECC) Rainham Parking TQ568824 310

This diverse landscape of ancient woodland, grassland and lakes is situated within Thames Chase Community Forest Plenty of trails.

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LABelton Hills Nature Reserve Leigh on Sea Parking TQ831859 310

A steep scrubby hillside with trails overlooking the Thames estuary at Leigh-on-Sea.

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FCGreat & Little Bendysh Woods (FC) Saffron Walden Parking TL618397 233

Open access. Ancient oxlip woods, once designated as SSSI, recently de-coniferized. Deer varieties.

FCBerwick Glades (FC) Rainham Parking none
Use Berwick Woods
TQ544840 22

Easy access along a well surfaced snaking path through this newly planted woodland interspersed with wild-flower meadows.

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PrivateBerwick Woods (Private)Rainham Parking TQ540838 50

Ponds, reed beds, new woodland, glades and grassland to wander and explore. Former gravel pit.

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LABetts Woods (LA)Rayleigh Parking
TQ834928 10

Ancient semi natural woodland, free access all year.

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PrivateBirchanger Wood (Private) Bishop's Stortford Parking
CM23 5DG
Heath Row
FP to Water
TL503224 69

This ancient woodland originates from the 12th century when it was recorded as "Bircehangra" which means, "Wooded slope growing with Birch trees". Now coppiced, with new pathways funded by the Forestry Commission.
Birchanger Wood Trust PDF

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NTBlakes Wood (NT) Danbury Parking
Riffhams Chase
TL775065 100

Ancient woodland and SSSI on a sloping site.

Admiral McHardy
LABobbingworth Nature Reserve (LA) Moreton Parking
off Moreton Bridge Rd CM5 0LL
TL536065 22

Reclaimed landfill site with disability-friendly paths. Over 5000 native trees and shrubs have been planted to create woodlands. Also wetlands and meadow.

LABocking Blackwater (LA)Braintree Parking
TL766241 31

Wildflower meadows, amenity grassland, scrub areas, wetland habitats, there is also a wooden board walk and play sculpture on site. Along the cycleway next to Vernon Close are two woodland areas just a short walk away from the main river walk.

FCBonnetts Wood (FC) Rainham Parking none
Use Parklands
RM14 2XR
TQ553844 83

Former agricultural land, planted 2003. Links to rest of Ingrebourne Valley.

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RSPBBowers Marsh (RSPB) Basildon Parking TQ755867 450

There are 4 miles of nature trails for you to explore on foot, three viewing points and two picnic areas.

Bowers Marsh
EWTBradwell Shell Bank Nature ReserveBradwell Parking
St Peter's Chapel
TM035081 30

Bradwell Cockle Spit on the Dengie Peninsular consists of 30 acres of shell beach - a beach of shells, rather than sand - and extensive mud flats known as saltings.

FCBroaks Wood (FC) Sible Hedingham Parking TL792312 153

Open access designated Ancient Woodland site managed and coppiced by Forestry Commission. Includes Shardlowe's Wood

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LABrook Country Park Clacton-on-Sea Parking TM170173 34

Rough grassland with scattered blocks of young trees. The park provides informal, quiet countryside recreation for the public.

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EWTBrookes Nature Reserve Halstead Parking difficult

Includes over 40 acres of ancient woodland, with the addition of farmland partially planted with native trees.

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FCCely Woods (FC) Rainham Parking
Top of Warwick Ln.
TQ560834 140

Another Forestry Commission site, containing meadows, a small wetland and many newly planted native trees. An excellent network of paths - many of them all-ability. Connects to Belhus Park in south.

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FCChalkney Wood (FC) Halstead Parking
via 'Peek's Corner'
or layby
TL872273 200

Owned partly by the Forestry Commission (FC), partly by Essex CC, this ancient woodland is an SSSI, with large numbers of small-leaved lime. A Roman-British road dissects the wood which is still surrounded by intact medieval woodbanks. Once used for keeping 'wild swyne', probably after the extinction of true wild boar, there are early 17th century records of wood sales showing that lime bast, the bark used for making rope, was as valuable as the timber itself. The removal of conifers from the FC side was completed in December 2011, the last one being felled by Oliver Rackham.

Earls Colne (en route)
LACherry Orchard - Jubilee Country Park (LA)Southend-on-Sea Parking
TQ858896 200

The woodland, lake, open grassland and network of connecting paths and bridleways with habitats for a huge range of wildlife.

Saffron Trail
EWTChigborough Lakes Nature Reserve Maldon  no safe parking from quarry traffic
Car Park Closed
TL877086 46

This 46 acre reserve is sited at flooded gravel pits between Maldon and Goldhanger. With fishing lakes to the south, and mown grassways near the lakes, except for an unrestored area to the north west, the reserve is a refuge for many bird species, such as the Little Egret.

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PrivateChigwell Row Wood Nature Reserve
Chigwell ParkingTQ463929 38

Little local wood next to recreation ground. Interesting ponds, ancient trees including lovely pollarded hornbeams. Close to Hainault Forest

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LAClayton Hill Country Park Nazeing Parking
TL387058 23

Small park with lake run by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Epping Green
LAClements Wood (LA) Brentwood Parking difficultTQ586919 25

Small wood adjoining Warley Country Park, sandwiched between urban sprawl.

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EWTCockaynes Wood Nature ReserveWivenhoe Parking
At entrance:
TM052216 50

Cockaynes Wood is ancient Essex woodland, listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. The 50-acre Cockaynes Wood nature reserve also includes a former quarry, dry heath, grassy meadows and shallow water ponds.

EWTColne Point Nature Reserve Clacton-on-Sea Parking
Floods at high tide
TM108125 683

Colne Point, near St. Osyth, is the best example in Essex of a shingle spit. Behind it are the mudflats and saltmarsh of Ray Creek, a former site for oyster beds.

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EWTCopperas Wood (EWT) Harwich Parking: verge 2 cars
Limited verge
TM199312 34

On the edge of the Stour estuary at Copperas Bay, comprising open access ancient wood of coppiced Sweet Chestnut and Hornbeam, damaged by 1987 storm. Dryland slopes covered in oak and lime trees were common along the coastal line hundreds of years ago, this is now one of the few surviving examples. (The copperas industry involved gathering of pyrite nodules (known as ‘copperas stones’) from beaches, where they had been washed out of the London Clay. They were converted to ferrous sulphate which was an essential chemical for making dyes and inks.)

Essex Way
LACoppins Hall Wood Clacton-on-Sea parkingTM155161 6

Small oak wood with several very old cherry trees and maturing holly. AKA Pudney Wood

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EWTCranham Marsh Nature Reserve Upminster Parking_noneTQ570854 32

A mixture of semi-natural habitats including marsh, sedge fen, damp meadow and wet woodland.

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EWTCrowsheath Wood Wickford Parking difficult
½ mile away
TQ726963 20

This reserve (aka Thrift Wood) is an ancient woodland, with many mature standard oaks, with some adjoining open land. Near Crowsheath Community Woodland and Hanningfield Reservoir.

Downham (en route)
ECCCudmore Grove Country Park Mersea Parking
TM063147 38

Attractive long sandy beach adjoining a large area of cliff top, grassland and marshes ideal for walks

LACymbeline Meadows (LA) Colchester Parking difficult
TL983260 157

Walking trails through working farm land comprising a rich variety of habitats including pastures, arable fields, meadows, woodland either side of the River Colne

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NTDanbury & Lingwood Commons (NT)Maldon ParkingTL783043 214

Along with Lingwood Common, Danbury Common forms the second largest area of Open Access commonland in Essex after Epping Forest. Parts remain a traditional open common, while elsewhere the land has been allowed to revert to scrub and woodland.

Adm. McHardy
LADavy Down South Ockendon Parking
RM16 5UL
TQ593800 32

A rich wetland habitat in the floodplain of the River Mardyke. It also includes some notable architecture in Stifford Pumping Station and the railway viaduct which dates from 1892.

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ECCDanbury Country Park Danbury ParkingTL771048 41

Originally a medieval woodland set aside for hunting, the park now includes ornamental gardens, and three lakes added in the 13th Century as part of the Danbury Manor estate.

Saffron Trail
EWTDanbury Ridge Reserves (EWT) Danbury Parking
TL790065 250

250 acres of nature reserves on Danbury Ridge, with SSSIs, including:
Centre: Woodham Walter Common
(Open Access 67).
West: Pheasanthouse Wood
North: Birch Wood
South: Little Baddow Heath, Poors Piece and Scrubs Wood.

Woodham Walter
CLCEpping ForestLoughton ParkingTQ410973 6000

A huge forest with natural habitats developed over more than 1,000 years for use by people and their grazing animals. These traditional uses have created a diverse landscape that includes areas of historic wood-pasture, green lanes, ancient pollarded trees and grassy plains
Epping Forest

Wickham Bishops
EWTFingringhoe Wick Colchester ParkingTM045192 120

Overlooking the Colne Estuary, habitats include grassland, heathland, saltmarsh and ponds.

EWTFobbing Marsh Nature Reserve nrThurrock Parking: noneTQ723848 187

The marshes are a mosaic of wetland habitats maintained by humans through light grazing and control of the flow of water.

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FCFolkes Lane Woodland (FC)Upminster Parking
RM14 1TH
TQ576895 117

Situated on former arable fields grouped around a steep hill, with scenic views of London. Open access with new tree plantations.

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WTFordham Hall Estate (WT)Colchester ParkingTL923284 505

Covering around 505 acres of arable land and now the site of a major woodland creation scheme. 20km of unsurfaced paths provide access for walkers, cyclists and horse riders but can be muddy and slippery after rain. Home to unusual bats.

Essex Way
MoDFriday Woods (MoD)Colchester Parking
at CO2 0DF
TL990210 350

Friday Woods is a nature reserve/army training area located on Bounstead Road in Colchester. Part of the Roman River Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is an ancient woodland, modified in places by plantations of conifers and sweet chestnut.

Layer de la Haye
LAGalleywood Common Woodland (LA) Chelmsford ParkingTL704023 125

Open access woodland, heathland, grassland and wetland all contained within an old race course, along with a pub and a church

Centenary Circle
ECCGarnetts Wood (ECC)Great Dunmow ParkingTL636182 60

Ancient coppice woodland consisting largely of small-leaved lime, a species once the most common species in ancient lowland woodland, but now rarely seen. Geoffrey Garnet was given this land in 1165 whilst a knight in the service of King Henry II..

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EWTGernon Bushes Nature Reserve (EWT)Epping ParkingTL479027 79

This 79 acre site is the last remnant of the old Coopersale Common, offering ancient coppice with spring bogs. It has many ancient hornbeam pollards plus some more recent woodland and a network of ponds.

The Essex Way
LAGosbecks Archaeological Park (LA)Colchester Parking
TL967226 160

Open flat grassland and grazing pasture, and site of Iron Age and Roman settlements.

Layer de la Haye (en route)
LAGosfield Sandpits Nature Reserve (LA)Halstead Parking
Halstead Rd. entrance
TL786295 23

Small reserve run by Braintree District, and Gosfield Parish, Councils. Approx. 1 mile of footpaths, woodland and numerous ponds and lakes with footbridges.
Not widely advertised.

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ECCGravel Wood (ECC) Tendring No ParkingTM162253 20

Wood owned by Essex Council, site of test dig for airfield gravel.

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EWTGreat Holland Pits (EWT) Frinton-on-Sea ParkingTM201192 40

40 acres of worked out gravel pits including grassland, pasture, woodland, and water pools. Next to Holland Mill Wood.

Clacton to Walton
ECCGreat Notley Park and Flitch Way Braintree Parking
CM77 7FS
TL732213 100

Woods and parkland with a link to over 15 miles of walking and cycling paths along the Flitch Way

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LAGreat Wakering Common (LA)Southend-on-Sea ParkingTQ955877 18

A small strip of Open Access, slightly salty grassland and wetland

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ECCGreat Wood & Mutton Corner(ECC)Loughton Parking difficultTQ483963 22

Open public access within the wood which is accessed via public footpaths from Lambourne Church. Oak and ash with hornbeam coppincing, a stream with ponds.

EWTGunners Park Nature Reserve nr Shoeburyness ParkingTQ932841 84

The Gunners Park nature reserve incorporates the Shoebury Old Ranges Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Coastguard Station Grounds Local Wildlife Site.

Saffron Trail
PrivateGunpowder ParkWaltham Abbey ParkingTQ381986 255

A new country park built around the old munitions factory site with pathways that lead to a treasure, an old osier wood around a lake with reed beds.

Bumbles Green
ECCHadleigh Country Park (ECC)Southend-on-Sea Parking9-5TQ809862 387

One of the largest country parks in Essex and comprises an intimate mix of woodland, pasture, hay meadow and marsh with old hedgerows and ponds, including the remains of Hadleigh Castle

Hadleigh / Saffron Trail
LAHainault Forest Country Park (LA) Chigwell Parking
7am - dusk
TQ475929 248

The Country Park is run by Redbridge LA, with open grasslands and lake, but has seamless boundaries with the Forest, run by the Woodland Trust.

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WTHainault Forest (WT) Chigwell Parking
TQ473936 280

This former Royal hunting forest is a Site of Special Scientific Interest ( SSSI ). With large oaks, hornbeam and ash pollards, and wild service trees, Hainault forest is one of the best surviving medieval forests of its kind.

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EWTHanningfield Reservoir Nature Reserve (EWT) Wickford ParkingTQ736972 30

Inland gravel tracks, enclosed on both sides, keep walkers well away from the foreshore of the 870 acre reservoir, and views are limited to those from 3 or 4 hides. Apart from birds, the main wildlife are noisy children on school trips. Entrance donation required.

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LAHarlow Marshes Harlow ParkingTL449115 26

Comprised of Maymeads Marsh aka Honeymead Marsh (13 acres) and Marshgate Spring (13 acres), separated by railway line

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FCHarold Court Woods (FC)Romford ParkingTQ559909 67

Open access grassland, new tree plantations, with plenty of surfaced paths. Connects with Pages Wood to the south.

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LAHartswood (LA)Brentwood Parking TQ603921 74

Semi-natural woodland with trails, accessed from King Georges Playing Field. Links Brentwood to Thorndon Park.

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NTHatfield Forest (NT) Bishop's Stortford ParkingTL545199 1049

Oliver Rackham said:'Hatfield is the last wooded royal Forest in England in which all components survive: deer, cattle, coppice-woods, pollards, scrub, timber trees, grassland and fen. It is the only place where one can step back into the Middle Ages to see, with a small effort of imagination, what a Forest looked like in use.' No other forest on earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting forest so completely. Open from dawn to dusk.

Hatfield Broad Oak
LAHavering Country Park (LA) Romford ParkingTQ504928 200

Large country park with good mixture of grassland and woodland and scenic views. Formerly part of the estate of Havering Palace with Charles I being the last monarch to stay there in the 17th century. Featues an avenue of Wellingtonia trees (Giant Redwoods)

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WTHavering Park Farm (WT)Chigwell No ParkingTQ495942 54

This patch of open access arable land is adjacent to Hainault Forest, one of the country's most important historical woodland landscapes, dating as far back as 1130. Almost 160 species of bird are known to come here.

WTHillhouse Wood (WT)Colchester Parking: none TL946281 40

A light, Open Access woodland, mainly oak, ash and coppiced hazel, and bluebells in spring.

Essex Way
LAHockley Woods (LA) Rayleigh Parking
TQ833918 320

Coppiced since Saxon times, access to these ancient woods is unrestricted.

Saffron Trail
WTHoe Wood (WT)Colchester No ParkingTL904263 21

Dating back over 400 years, Hoe Wood is ancient woodland that was once coppiced. A thriving deer population has hindered recent attempts to reintroduce this traditional practice. There is a circular path with views over the Colne Valley to the north.

Essex Way
LAHolland Haven Country Park Frinton-on-Sea ParkingTM215170 100

Situated on the coast between Clacton and Frinton-on-Sea, the County Park offers over 100 acres of unspoilt scenic coastline. SSSI.

Clacton to Walton
WTHolland Mill Wood (WT) Frinton-on-Sea Parking
1/3rd mile south
TM216174 9

A small, young area of woodland within an Environmentally Sensitive Area, being surrounded on three sides by an SSSI and Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve, with excellent views across the Holland Marshes. The Great Holland Pits nature reserve to the south of the site is where parking and access to the wood is available.

Clacton to Walton
LAHornchurch Country Park (LA) Hornchurch ParkingTQ532842 258

Former RAF airfield for Spitfires defending England. Part of Ingrebourne Valley it has a network of firm pathways, open grassland and an SSSI marsh.

List of Walks
LAHutton Country Park (LA) Brentwood ParkingTQ634959 89

Mostly open grass, with River Wid to the north and bisected by railway line.

List of Walks
LAHylands Park (LA)Chelmsford ParkingTL680043 574

Part of the Hylands Park Estate, the landscape includes ancient woodland, grassland, lakes, ponds and gardens.

Centenary Circle
FCIngrebourne Hill (FC)Hornchurch ParkingTQ534836 141

Ingrebourne Hill is situated along Rainham road not far from Dovers Corner roundabout. Car park is opposite Travis Perkins on Rainham road and pedestrians can enter the site from Avelon Road, Southend Road and Hornchurch Country Park. A gentle hill fringed by the Ingrebourne River and its reedbeds to the east and lakes to the south.

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EWTIron Latch Nature ReserveColchester No nearby ParkingTL950260 10.5

This small reserve consists of meadowland, plus four acres of old woodland, quite wet in parts. No vehicular access via Iron Latch Lane, requiring half a mile walk past private woods.

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LALangdon Hills Country Park Basildon ParkingTQ697859 400

The Country Park is split into two sections known as Westley Heights and One Tree Hill, and the Essex Wildlife Trust own the adjoining Langdon Nature Reserve. Footpaths and horse/cycle rides pass through farmland between the sections.

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EWTLangdon Nature Reserve (EWT) Basildon ParkingTQ676873 461

Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens.

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LALatton Wood & Common (LA) Harlow ParkingTL468074 124

Wood marked as 'Rundells Grove' on Google, south of Open Access Latton and Harlow Commons, known for their grazing horses.

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EWTLexden Gathering Grounds Nature Reserve Colchester Parking
Cooks Lane
TL966255 22

This 22 acre site was formerly the spring water gathering ground for Colchester, which was then pumped to a water tower in the High St. Consists of woodland, partially wooded marsh and some meadowland.

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EWTLinford Wood Tilbury Parking limitedTQ676797 21

A small wetland wood with tawny owls and woodpeckers

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WTLinnets Wood (WT) Stansted Mountfitchet Parking difficult
room for 2
cars at entrance
TL517272 12

A small, maturing mixed woodland. Open access.

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EWTLion Creek Nature Reserve nr Rochford Parking difficultTQ923948 12

The  reserve on the southern shore of the Crouch Estuary was formed when a second dam across the creek was built after the 1953 floods. The reserve consists of 12 acres of  meadow and saltmarsh, the brackish water attracting large numbers of wildfowl.

FCLittle Hales Wood (FC) Saffron Walden Parking difficultTL577406 45

Open access wood being de-coniferised. Oxlips under threat from deer. Access via rough track on Walden Rd.

EWTLittle Haven Nature Reserve Rayleigh No ParkingTQ814891 92

This 92 acre nature reserve is leased from the Little Haven's Children's Hospice. It supports a variety of habitats; woodland, scrub, meadows and mature hedges.

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EWTLittle Waltham Meadows Nature Reserve nrChelmsford Parking
off Back Lane
TL713119 22

This 22 acre reserve is a beautiful chain of old flood and dry meadows on the east bank of the River Chelmer south of Little Waltham, including a patch of Alder Carr woodland.

Centenary Circle
EWTMaldon Wick Nature Reserve nr Maldon Parking noneTL842057 15

This 15 acre reserve consists of 1.5 miles of the former Maldon-Woodham Ferrers railway line, most of it on embankment. The last train that ran on it was in 1953.

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FCMardyke Woods (FC) Grays Parking: noneTQ585804 67

Mardyke is composed of three separate ancient woods. Dating from 1339 is Brannett’s Wood, the second oldest recorded Essex woodland was then called Brendewode. Millard’s Garden is first mentioned shortly after in 1397 as Maynwares Garden and Low Wells Wood is documented in 1619 as Hanginge Wood.

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ECCMarsh Farm Country Park nr South Woodham
ParkingTQ809959 300

Excellent coastal walks and superb views of the River Crouch noted for over-wintering Brent geese

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LAMerrymead Country Park (LA) Brentwood ParkingTQ599947 84

This area surrounds the footpath from Shenfield to Sawyers Hall Lane in Brentwood. Grass fields, scrub, patches of woodland, a small scummy pond and a stream.

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PrivateThe Writtle Park Estate - Millgreen Common Chelmsford ParkingTL640016 50

Open access land, part of the Writtle Park Estate. The many pits and ponds in the woods are the remains of clay diggings which began in the 13th century.

Mill Green
LAMill Meadows (LA) Billericay No ParkingTQ682938 90

Rolling grazing meadows on wet and dry soils, scrub and developing woodland. 16 of grassland are an SSSI.

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EWTNewland Grove Nature Reserve Chelmsford Parking at entrance
TL714108 8

This 8 acre reserve is a scrubby wooded area sandwiched between the River Chelmer and the Essex Regiment Way.

Centenary Circle
LANorsey Wood (LA) Billericay ParkingTQ686955 175

Norsey Wood is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Local Nature Reserve. An ancient coppice woodland with a history going back to the Iron Age. Open 24/7.

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LAOakwood and Ash Plantation (LA) Rainham ParkingTQ576815 52

Originally part of the Belhus estate, this area of woodland, grassland, willow scrub and water to the east of the M25 is linked to Belhus Chase by a motorway footbridge.

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RSPBOld Hall Marshes (RSPB) Tiptree Parking TL959122 1560

Extensive grazing marshes with brackish water fleets, reedbeds, saltmarsh and two off-shore islands

Tollesbury Wick
EWTOxley Meadow (EWT) Tiptree Parking very difficultTL9181498

This 8 acre reserve consists of two grassland meadows with Green Winged Orchids, surrounded by wide hedgerows.

FCPages Wood (FC) Upminster ParkingTQ557897 183

Part of the Forestry Commission's new woodland plantation within Thames Chase, situated on a slope down towards the River Ingrebourne. Still quite immature. 4 miles of footpaths.

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LAParklands Open Space Upminster Parking
Park Farm Rd.
Entrance ?
TQ558850 11

Water, woods and grass and a lovely 18th C. bridge (Grade II listed) to enjoy in this great little green space north of the lake.

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LAParndon Wood Nature Reserve (LA) Harlow Parking
CM19 4SF
TL445068 66

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve is located on the South of Harlow, Essex. There is a circular nature walk, 3 bird watching hides, large pond and a conservation centre.

Epping Green
EWTPhyllis Currie Nature Reserve (EWT) Braintree Parking
Dumney Lane
TL723181 22

This 22 acre nature reserve has a large lake, secondary woodland, scrub, pine plantation and meadow.

The Essex Way
EWTPound Wood Nature Reserve Rayleigh Parking difficultTQ819887 55

One of the largest remaining areas of ancient woodland in SE Essex.

Saffron Trail
LAQueens Park Country Park (LA) Billericay Parking
Rosebay Ave.
TQ675966 60

Now being developed to enhance wildlife habitat, including planting a new woodland area. A network of footpaths allow access across the park.

List of Walks
RSPBRainham Marshes (RSPB) Rainham ParkingTQ552792 870

Large wetland habitat on the upper reaches of the Thames estuary. Includes 3.5 miles of accessible walkway. Admission charges.

List of Walks
LARiver Lea Country ParkWaltham Abbey ParkingTL376027 1000

Located in the Lee Valley Park and managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. An area of lakes, watercourses, open spaces and three Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) linked by footpaths and cycle tracks, covering 1,000 acres on either side of the River Lee Navigation
River Lea Country Park Map (PDF)

Bumbles Green
EWTRoman River Valley Nature Reserve Colchester Parking none TL968209 44

This 44 acre woodland and marsh reserve is based around the meandering Roman River with a clean supply of spring water filtered through glacial gravel, providing a good habitat for aquatic life such as the Demoiselle.

Layer de la Haye (en route)
FCRowney Wood (FC) Saffron Walden Parking
TL574338 204

A large ancient oxlip wood, mainly oak, Norway Spruce and Western Red Cedar.

List of Walks
EWTRushy Mead Nature Reserve (EWT) Bishop's Stortford ParkingTL497196 11

Riverside meadows with standing water on low ground and a system of drainage ditches. There are areas of sedge and reed and it is a very good reserve for invertebrates.

Little Hallingbury
EWTSandylay and Moat Woods Nature ReserveBraintree Parking noneTL735174 18.5

This 18.5 acre reserve is composed of two adjacent small woods near Great Leighs. Old Small-leaved Lime coppice.

The Essex Way
EWTSergeants Orchard Nature Reserve Colchester Parking difficultTL908309 8

This 8 acre reserve comprises a small 18th C. orchard flanked by a recently planted fruit orchard with old varieties and recently planted traditional grassland.

EWTShadwell Wood Nature Reserve Saffron Walden Parking: noneTL572414 17.5

A 17.5 acre ancient woodland, which has been coppiced regularly, with new shoots protected by the surrounding deer fence. In spring there are Oxlips, Wood Violets and Wood Anemones, followed by Purple Orchids, Bluebells, and Herb Paris.

ECCStoneley Park Braintree Parking limitedTL720285 50

Formerly Shalford Landfill site, open 24/7.

LAShenfield Common (LA) Brentwood ParkingTQ602932 32

Formal amenity of mowed grass and pond, with main area of woodland to the south, open to the public.

List of Walks
LAShipwrights Wood (LA) Rayleigh Parking: noneTQ795871 30

The scarps, ridges, slopes, valleys and hollows of this ancient woodland form a complex pattern of soil conditions creating a variety of vegetation including wild service trees.

Saffron Trail
EWTShut Heath Wood Nature Reserve Maldon Parking
Tiptree Rd
TL853133 50

This 50 acre reserve comprises 23 of ancient coppiced woodland (part of Chantry Wood), and 27 of arable land.

List of Walks
WTSoken Wood (WT) Walton-on-the-Naze ParkingTM221225 10

Soken Wood is a young wood of recently planted indigenous broad-leaved trees. A network of wide grassy paths has been created around the site which can be quite wet. Access is off Malting Lane.

List of Walks
EWTStanford Warren Nature ReserveStanford-le-Hope Parking difficultTQ687812 41

One of the largest reedbeds in Essex, created by gravel extraction in the 1920s. Adjacent to Mucking Mudflats and Earl Hope Salt Marsh.

List of Walks
RSPBStour Estuary and WoodHarwich ParkingTM189311 133

Stour is a traditional chestnut coppice woodland owned by the Woodland Trust with open access.The only place in Essex where woodland leads naturally to saltmarsh - a great place to spot wading birds on the estuary.

Essex Way
EWTStow Maries Halt Nature Reserve South Woodham Ferrers ParkingTQ835991 5.5

This 5.5 acre reserve is based around the former Stow Maries Halt on the disused Maldon to South Woodham Ferrers railway line.

List of Walks
WTSwan and Cygnet Woods (WT) Billericay ParkingTQ689995 50

Swan Wood is an ancient woodland and you can see the woodlbanks that would have divided the wood up in medieval times. Adjoining Cygnet Wood is newer. Parking on road layby.

ECCTarecroft Wood (ECC)Witham Parking
300 yards away
TL820174 15

Semi-natural ancient woodland, much loved by locals, and often referred to by the historical ecologist Oliver Rackham. The woodland management programme funded by the Essex County Council caused controversy with Parish Councillors who described the result as a timber extraction exercise for profit, leaving a "bomb-site" and the loss of a 110 year old oak.

List of Walks
FCThames Chase Forest Centre (FC) Upminster ParkingTQ583861 150

Open access, formerly a working farm, "Broadfields", with trails, pond etc with newly planted trees.

List of Walks
LAThe Manor Nature Reserve (LA) Brentwood ParkingTQ554932 250

Includes Dagnam Park, the ancient Hatters Wood, Duck Wood and Fir Wood

List of Walks
WTThe Mores (WT) Brentwood Parking difficult
By church
TQ561965 39

Open access mature woodland, once coppiced, with a variety of habitats, including boggy areas. Good access around the wood thanks to boardwalks provided.

List of Walks
LAThe Naze Walton on the Naze ParkingTM265239 111

Unspoilt open headland above eroding fossil-laden cliffs, currently a public open space. Nature reserves to the north but the focal point is Naze Tower, built in 1720, which once stood a quarter of a mile inland. A controversial takeover and massive tourist centre has been proposed by Essex Wildlife Trust.

Clacton to Walton
LAThe Wick Country ParkWickford ParkingTQ760916 50

Short easy access trails lead you past old hedgerows, the new 5 acre lake, ponds, WWII pillboxes and recent woodland plantings.

List of Walks
WTTheydon Bois (WT) Loughton No car park
No car park
TQ458980 94

Sloping agricultural access land alongside the M11 with a newly planted wood.

ECCThorndon Country Park (ECC) Brentwood ParkingTQ609909 600

Pathways interlace the ancient woodland alongside recently planted woodland and a landscape of small pastures, heathland, ponds, marsh and meadow, with 'Capability' Brown parkland. Divided into North and South parks, linked by Woodland Trust "Old Park".

Jury Hill
EWTThrift Wood Nature ReserveMaldon Parking limited
TL791018 48

This wood, including an SSSI, consists of mainly of Hornbeam coppice with Oak standards, some Birch, Ash and a few Wild Service trees.

East Hanningfield.
LAThundersley Common Rayleigh Parking: noneTQ798896 34

Open access. Areas of heather and gorse lie to the north of a central woodland, with marshy pools to the south.

Saffron Trail
LAThundersley Glen (LA) Rayleigh ParkingTQ788876 27

Includes dense scrub, mature oaks, coppiced woodland and marshy hollows, with path to neighbouring Shipwrights Wood.

Saffron Trail
EWTThurrock Thameside Nature Park Stanford-le-Hope ParkingTQ696806 120

An nature reserve located on top of the former Mucking Marshes landfill site, with superb views over Mucking Flats SSSI and the Thames Estuary. Footpaths allow visitors to explore the 120 acres of land that have been restored.

List of Walks
EWTTile Wood Nature ReserveBenfleet Parking noneTQ816890 16

This 16 acre reserve is one of the earliest ancient woods to have been recorded in south-east Essex, being mentioned in Anglo Saxon times.

Saffron Trail
EWTTiptree Heath Nature Reserve Tiptree ParkingTL883147 60

The largest area of lowland heathland remaining in Essex. This 60 acre site is the only place in Essex where you will find all three Heather species growing together, Ling, Cross-leaved and Bell. The common was first recorded in 1401.

WTTofts Wood (WT)Clacton-on-Sea Parking noneTM141205 15

A small broadleaf wood, not exactly welcoming or advertised.

List of Walks
EWTTollesbury Wick Nature Reserve Maldon ParkingTL970103 600

This fresh water grazing marsh has used traditional land management methods for many decades to support grazing for sheep and cattle, with water levels controlled by seawall, borrowdykes and an outflow sluice gate. You should be be able to see Marsh Harriers at most times of the year.

Tollesbury Wick
EWTTwo Tree Island Nature Reserve Leigh-on-Sea ParkingTQ824852 640

Situated south of Leigh on Sea train station, the island consists of grassland, scrub, reedbed and lagoons and supports a wide variety of birds, particularly migrants. Avocets breed on the island each year.

Saffron Trail
LATylers Common Upminster ParkingTQ563907 79

Tylers Common is the last remaining sizeable piece of common land left in Havering, after protestors stopped Essex County Council from barring access.

"The fault is great in man or woman
Who steals a goose from off a common;
But what can plead that man's excuse
Who steals a common from a goose? "
List of Walks
FCTylers Wood (FC) Upminster ParkingTQ572904 35

A small grassland hilltop and valley side sloping down to a bridleway. Surprisingly, with its long history as arable land, Tylers Wood has never been part of the adjacent Tylers Common to the west. It's a short walk west to Harold Court Woods and Pages Wood. To the north are Jermains Wood and Wormwalk Shaw, while over the M25 via the bridleway bridge are Bridge Wood and Jacksons Wood, plus footpaths to Warley Place and Codham Hall

List of walks
RSPBVange Marsh (RSPB) Basildon Parking: none nearby TQ731871 62

Vange Marsh is a mosaic of wetland habitats including fresh and saltwater lagoons

List of Walks
Nat. TrustWall Wood (NT) Bishop's Stortford Parking TL525184 62

An ancient wood bordering Hatfield Forest

Hatfield Broad Oak
LAWarley Country Park (LA) Brentwood Parking difficultTQ584923 52

Former farmland, with areas of secondary woodland, hedgerows, a stream and a pond.

List of Walks
EWTWarley Place Nature Reserve Brentwood Parking
CM13 3JF
TQ583906 25

This 25 acre reserve is the site of a house and once famous Edwardian gardens belonging to Ellen Willmott, it is now maintained as a nature reserve by Essex Wildlife Trust. Only open to the public at weekends in spring.

List of Walks
ECCWat Tyler Country Park (LA) Basildon ParkingTQ738863 125

The former site of explosives manufacture, the Park lies within the South Essex Marsh area and as a result of its rare species and habitat, is designated as an SSSI.

List of Walks
ECCWeald Country Park (ECC) Brentwood ParkingTQ571950 500

The lakes, the tree-lined avenues, and large parkland trees are the result of the landscaping carried out in the 18th century.

List of Walks
EWTWeeleyhall Wood (EWT) Colchester Parking none
Private Road
Footpath Only
All Vehicle
Access By
Permission Only
TM158209 78

A 78 acre reserve and SSSI.
Pedestrian access via Church Lane (Private Road)

List of Walks
RSPBWest Canvey Marsh (RSPB) Canvey Island Parking TQ774842 632

The Canvey Island wetland reserve includes nearly two miles of new nature trails, three viewing points, and a picnic area.

List of Walks
EWTWest Wood Nature Reserve Saffron Walden Parking
TL624332 58

A 58 acre reserve is of mixed deciduous woods. There are early Purple and Greater Butterfly Orchids as well as Oxlips and Wood Barley, which is rare in Essex.

Great Sampford
LAWest Wood (LA) Rayleigh Parking - No car parkTQ806881 79

West Wood is ancient semi-natural woodland, managed by the Castle Point Wildlife Group.

List of Walks
WTWheatley Wood (WT) Rayleigh ParkingTQ787912 84

Open Access. A new (1990s) plantation of broadleaved trees and open grassland, with a network of footpaths.

List of Walks
EWTWrabness Nature Reserve (EWT) Harwich ParkingTM167315 60

This 60 acre reserve lies on the southern bank of the Stour Estuary. Grassland, scrub and woodland offer a variety of habitats.

The Essex Way(en route)

The network of footpath and bridleways that remain today evolved over time to serve the traditional way of village and town life in rural Essex. Regardless of land ownership, these tracks were the 'glue' that bound together a community that needed to walk between home, woodland, mill, market, farm and church.

Churches in Essex

Includes places of worship built before 1914. Click on the photolink image for high quality picture and a more detailed description. All images are now in photo galleries on our sister site

Photolink Location Dedication Postcode Grid Ref Near Notes Nearest walk
Photolink Location Dedication Postcode Grid Ref Near Notes Nearest walk
Abberton - St AndrewAbbertonSt AndrewCO5 7NJTL997194ColchesterThis is a lovely simple church in a secluded setting with views across Abberton Reservoir. The tower is Tudor brick and contains one bell.The nave is 14th century with the original 2-light north window.Layer de la Haye
Abbess RodingAbbess RodingSt EdmundCM5 0PATL572114Ongar The church building is listed Grade II* and consists of a nave, chancel, north vestry, south porch and tower. The nave dates back to the fourteenth century although the plan of the church indicates C12, and the dedication implies Saxon origins.The Rodings
(en route)
Aldham - St MargaretAldhamSt MargaretCO6 3RETL918259ColchesterBuilt by Hakewell in 1855, re-using material from its medieval predecessor sited a mile away at Church House Farm, with the addition of Bath stone for its tower and spire. Most of the stone window frames were re-used, as was the 14th century timber porch which was mounted on on a new flint and rubble foundation. The door on the south side of the tower is c.1300.Essex Way
Alphamstone - St BarnabasAlphamstoneSt BarnabasCO8 5HQTL879355HalsteadThe nave pre-dates the Norman conquest, and is built on a former pagan burial ground. Several sarsen stones suggest Bronze Age megalithic origins to the sacredness of the site, with two of them incorporated into the church walls.List of Walks
Ruins of St PeterAlresfordSt Peter (Ruins)CO7 8AXTM065207ColchesterSt Peter's was originally built in the late 12th century on a site overlooking the Colne estuary. The chancel was added in the 13th century and extended in C14 when the church was also widened. The south aisle and noth porch were added in C19. St Peter's was destroyed by a mystery fire in October 1971. Wivenhoe
Althorne - St AndrewAlthorneSt AndrewCM3 6BYTQ909990Burnham-on-CrouchThe buttressed flint and stone was built around 1460, with an embattled parapet to match that of the nave. The chancel is Tudor brick, apart from Victorian repairs.Fambridge to Burnham
Ardleigh - St MaryArdleighSt Mary the VirginCO7 7LDTM054296ColchesterThe tower and west porch are 15th century - the remainder of the church was rebuilt in 1882 by the Victorian architect Butterworth, who also added pinnacles to the tower. Essex Way
Arkesden - St MaryArkesdenSt MaryCB11 4HBTL482346NewportThe chancel and the nave of St Mary's were built in the 13th century, while the existing tower is modern (1855) and is the third one built. The first tower was circular, but this was replaced by a square tower in the 14th century. Inside, the extraordinary Cutte Monument (1593) is worth seeing.Clavering
(en route)
Ashdon All SaintsAshdonAll SaintsCB10 2HGTL581415Saffron WaldenChurch End is the smaller, older part of Ashdon dating from pre-Christian times. The Church was built in the 14th and 15th centuries on the site of an earlier church to service the hamlet, but after the Black Death, habitation moved to what is now AshdonAshdon
(en route)
AsheldhamAsheldhamSt LawrenceCM0 7JFTL979013SouthminsterEarly 14th century church introduced into a very ancient and ordered landscape. Now outdoor training centre. No access. Listed Grade II.Bradwell
Ashen - St Augustine of CanterburyAshenSt Augustine
of Canterbury
CO10 8JNTL747423HaverhillThe nave is 13th century, the chancel is a Victorian addition, built 1857. The tower is dated around 1400, to which was added a Tudor brick stair turret.Clare
St MaryAshingdonSt AndrewSS4 3HYTQ866936RochfordKing Canute ordered St Andrew's, "a church built of lime and stone for the souls of those slain in the Battle of Assandune" in 1016, and it was completed 1020. Much of this Essex church is now a 13C rebuild with a 14C tower. Saffron Trail
Aveley - St MichaelAveleySt MichaelRM15 4HBTQ568801GraysGrade I listed St Michaels is a chunky building consisting of an early 12th century nave, with a low 13th century tower, later rebuilt with a spire in the 15th century. When unlocked, visitors can see the 12th century font and the Jacobean pulpit dated 1621 with a hexagonal sounding board above it. List of Walks
Aythorpe RodingAythorpe RodingSt MaryCM6 1RZTL584154OngarThe chancel and nave were built in the 13th century. The bell-turret is weather-boarded and the spire shingled dating from the 15th century. The Rodings
Bardfield SalingBardfield SalingSt Peter & St PaulCM7 5EDTL686265Great DunmowA classic 14th century parish church ,Grade I listed constructed of flint and some local stone.The round tower is one of a group of 6 remaining in Essex and an unusually late example. Of all the round tower churches in the United Kingdom this is the only example of the decorated period and therefore apparently the last of its kind to be built in mediaeval times.Stebbing
Barling MagnaBarling MagnaAll SaintsSS3 0LSTQ932897Southend-on-SeaNorman rubble-built nave with a huge early C15 ragstone tower and a chancel, taller and narrower than the nave, extended in the late C15. South porch contains a sculptured stone trough from the old demolished church in Barling Parva, of which little is knownList of Walks
BarnstonBarnstonSt AndrewCM6 3NZTL652196Great DunmowThe nave is Norman, with plain Norman door; the chancel is Early English. List of Walks
BasildonBasildonHoly CrossSS14 2HPTQ714898BasildonHoly Cross was the parish church of the medieval village of Basildon, built in the 14th century, and remained the centre of what was largely an agricultural settlement until the mid C20. List of Walks
Beauchamp RodingBeauchamp RodingSt BotolphCM5 0PFTL578097OngarGrade II* listed, near Bird's Green. The nave is C14, the chancel and tower are C15. The ivy seen on the east side of the chancel is also growing inside!.List of Walks
Beaumont cum MozeBeaumont cum MozeSt Leonards & St MaryCO16 0AZTM180247Frinton-on-SeaThis secluded little church is composed of a chancel, a nave of three bays, and a north aisle.The chancel walls date back to the 14th century, built on Norman foundations. List of Walks
Beeleigh AbbeyBeeleigh AbbeySt. NorbertCM9 6LLTL840078Maldon£5 admission to gardens. Former Premonstratensian Abbey, now private house.List of Walks
Belchamp Otten - St EthelbertBelchamp OttenSt Ethelbert & All SaintsCO10 7BJTL803418SudburyThis is a beautiful litle church with a 19th C. rendered timber belfry that leans east towards the church. The church is Norman, with Norman zigzag doorway arch and scalloped capitals. Grade I listed.Clare
Belchamp St Paul  - St AndrewBelchamp St PaulSt AndrewCO10 7DJTL798435SudburyBuilt on the site of a Norman church, St Andrews was completed in 1490. Inside, the 15th century octagonal font has a carving of the 'Green Man'. Clare
(en route)
St MaryBelchamp WalterSt MaryCO10 7ATTL827407SudburyNave dated c.1320. There are some very interesting medieval wall paintings in red ochreList of Walks
Bentley CommonBentley CommonSt PaulCM14 5RUTQ567967BrentwoodThe church of St Paul, Bentley, was opened in 1880 as a chapel of ease to serve the north end of the parish. List of Walks
Berden - St NicholasBerdenSt NicholasCM23 1AXTL468296StanstedThe cruciform plan and blocked Norman windows in the west of the nave indicate the Norman origins of the church. The transepts and chancel were built around 1260, and the tower a 15th century addition. Most of the chancel was sympathetically rebuilt in 1868. Grade I listed. List of Walks
St MaryBerechurchSt MichaelCO2 9NWTL993219ColchesterEarly Tudor chapel built to serve as a mortuary chapel for the Audley family. The chapel features a marvellous hammerbeam roof, with carved and intricately decorated timbersList of Walks
Berners RodingBerners RodingAll SaintsCM5 0TBTL602100OngarAll Saints Church was de-consecrated in 1985. The 14th C. church itself is Grade II listed, but unfortunately is in a poor state of repair.List of Walks
Bicknacre PrioryBicknacreAugustinian PrioryCM3 4XYTL786027DanburyThe Priory of Black Canons (Augustinians), known as Wodenham Abbey, was founded in 1172 on the site of a small hermitage. The massive structure formed the shape of a cross with a central tower. All that remains is the arch of the tower.East Hanningfield
Bicknacre - St GilesBicknacreSt GilesCM3 8ARTL781029DanburyFormer chapel and cemetary of the St Giles Leper Colony. Now an Essex Wildlife Reserve.East Hanningfield
St MaryBillericaySt Mary MagdalenCM12 9BQTQ675947ChelmsfordList of Walks
Birch - St Peter and St Paul - RearBirchSt PeterCO2 0NATL944200ColchesterGrade II Listed. Built 1850 by Teulon. In danger of demolition.
Layer de la Haye
Birchanger - St MaryBirchangerSt MaryCM23 5QHTL507228Bishop's StortfordThe nave of St Mary's was built around 1125 and and the chancel built 100 years later. Originally the church had a round tower but that was destroyed in C18. Lamb carving on Norman door archList of Walks
Birdbrook - St Augustine of CanterburyBirdbrookSt Augustine
of Canterbury
CO9 4BJTL707412HaverhillThe north walls are early Norman. Both the nave and chancel were lengthened in C13 and the lancet windows in the east wall date from this time.List of Walks
Black Notley - St PeterBlack NotleySt Peter & St PaulCM77 8LETL762207BraintreeThis restored church has plain Norman doorways and slit windows, with a chancel supported by brick diagonal buttresses, one of which is dated 1682. Ironwork from the 12th century survives on the south door.Essex Way
Blackmore PrioryBlackmoreSt LaurenceCM4 0RNTL603016OngarNorman, from 1170, with many 12th century features remaining. The wooden bell tower was built c. 1400, and is the largest in Essex. The original medieval timber remains. The tower rises in three stages unlike any other wooden tower in Essex.Mill Green
BobbingworthBobbingworthSt GermainCM5 0LZTL534056OngarA 13th century church, rebuilt over the various centuries with the addition of a Victorian tower. Unusually, the lowest stage of the tower is both a ringing chamber and the north porch church entrance.Moreton
BockingBockingSt MaryCM7 5RXTL757257BraintreeSt Marys Church is built on land once owned by Aetheric, a Saxon Lord of the manor of Bocking, who fought the Vikings at the Battle of Maldon in 991. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century.Bocking
BorehamBorehamSt AndrewCM3 3EQTL756096ChelmsfordFrom the 11th Century onwards, there have been innumerable additions and alterations which give us the building as it is today. Parts of the tower are Saxon, but later enlarged by the Normans. It is a central tower, square on plan, with 8 bells, a clock, a pyramid shaped roof and a 1920s lych gate and walkwayUlting
(en route)
BorleyBorleyChurchCO10 7AETL847431SudburyGrade I listed church on an early manorial site, with Saxon fabric surviving in the nave.List of Walks
Bowers Gifford - St Margaret Bowers GiffordSt Margaret of AntiochSS13 2EZTQ756873BasildonBuilt c.1320 with 16th century tower and enormous corner buttress.Bowers Marsh
(en route)
Boxted St PeterBoxtedSt PeterCO4 5SUTL998332ColchesterOriginally built at the turn of the 11th century, the Grade I listed building consists of a Norman tower with nave, chancel and north and south aisles. The construction is a mixture of stone, brick and pudding-stone, with a scattering of Roman brick. The tower was topped, embattled and buttressed in Tudor brick in early C16 and has 2 bells made in 1714 and 1812.Essex Way
(en route)
Bradfield - St LawrenceBradfieldSt LawrenceCO11 2USTM144308ManningtreeThe Nave and Chancel are 13th century, restored C19. The west tower is C15/C16 restored C18 and C19. C14 South Porch restored C19. The C14 bell has the inscription
"I am the Koc of this floc wit Gloria Tibi Domini" - 14th century wit and unusual in that it is partly in English.
Essex Way
(en route)
Holy TrinityBradwell-
Holy TrinityCM77 8EPTL818222BraintreeEssex Way
Bradwell-on-Sea - St ThomasBradwell-on-SeaSt ThomasCM0 7PYTM004068BradwellBradwell-juxta-Mare's St Thomas has a 14th century chancel, a nave rebuilt in 1706 and and a brick tower from 1743.
Bradwell-on-Sea - St Thomas: Font Faces
Font faces: 14th century
Bradwell-on-Sea St Peter's ChapelBradwell-on-SeaSt Peter-on-the-WallCM0 7PNTM031082BradwellSt Peter's Chapel, Bradwell, Essex, built in 654 AD by St Cedd of Lindisfarne, built astride the former west wall of the Roman fort of Othona Bradwell
(en route)
St MichaelBraintreeSt MichaelCM7 1JZTL756229BraintreeBuilt from flint and rubble in the 13th century, sited on old Roman burial site.List of Walks
CathedralBrentwoodCathedralCM15 8ATTQ598937BrentwoodBaroque style but opened in 1991List of Walks
Brentwood - Chantry Chapel, Thorndon.BrentwoodChantry Chapel,
CM13 3SATQ615914BrentwoodMid C19 private Roman Catholic chapel and mausoleum of the Petre Family, south west of Thorndon Hall, by W.W Wardell. Grade II*
HCT Site
Jury Hill
St ThomasBrentwoodSt Thomas of CanterburyCM14 4DFTQ596937BrentwoodList of Walks
Brentwood - St Thomas's ChapelBrentwoodSt Thomas ChapelCM14 4AJTQ595938BrentwoodA chapel on the pilgrim route from north Essex to Canterbury was built in 1221, but all that remains now are the 14th century ruins of the nave and stump of the north-west tower.List of Walks
Brightlingsea - All SaintsBrightlingseaAll SaintsCO7 0RZTM077187ColchesterNorman, with the chancel and nave being rebuilt in C13, and the tower in the late 15th century.Wivenhoe
Brightlingsea - St JamesBrightlingseaSt JamesCO7 0AETM087168ColchesterA 1836 "Chapel of Ease" built in Suffolk white bricks, with a quirky octagonal tower/spire.Wivenhoe
BroomfieldBroomfieldSt MaryCM1 7BDTL705105ChelmsfordNorman church with round tower and pagan beginnings.Centenary Circle
St MaryBroxtedSt MaryCM6 2BZTL578274Great DunmowSaffron Trail
St JohnBuckhurst HillSt JohnIG9 5RXTQ408942ChingfordList of Walks
Bulmer - St AndrewBulmerSt AndrewCO10 7TBTL844401SudburyMostly 14th & 15th century with flint tower. Pagan 'Green Man' carving on the font. Grade I listed.List of Walks
BulphanBulphanSt Mary the VirginRM14 3TUTQ637858UpminsterList of Walks
Burnham-on-Crouch - St MaryBurnham-on-CrouchSt MaryCM0 8QBTQ949970Burnham-on-CrouchThe long row of 15th century Perpendicular windows in the embattled aisle create an imposing image of this large church. The ragstone-rubble tower is 14th century.Fambridge to Burnham
Bush EndBush EndSt John the EvangelistCM22 6NFTL548200Bishop's StortfordThe church of St. John The Evangelist was built in 1860, next to Hatfield Forest.Hatfield Broad Oak
Buttsbury St MaryButtsburySt MaryCM4 9PATQ664986BillericayThe floor pan of this small isolated church indicates Anglo Saxon origins. The chancel and aisles may be C14 in origin, but the whole church was remodelled in C15 when the present arcades were built and the nave and chancel reroofed. The village that this church one served no longer exists.Ingatestone
Canewdon St NicholasCanewdonSt NicholasSS4 3QATQ897945RochfordC14 nave, chancel and north aisle. Early C15 west tower made of dressed ragstone. Since medieval times, Canewdon has had a reputation for witchcraft. There are many ghost stories within the village, mostly central to this church. Paglesham
(en route)
Canvey IslandCanvey IslandSt KatherineSS8 0LWTQ779833Canvey IslandSt Katherine's was the 4th church built on the site of a 17th century Dutch chapel. Timber-framed, and originally weather-boarded, but plastered in the 1930s. It became derelict in the 1960s and was converted to the Heritage Centre in the 1980s. The old interior of the church is unfortunately obscured an over-crowded load of old tat on display inside. List of Walks
HedinghamCastle HedinghamSt NicholasCO9 3ERTL785356HalsteadHedingham
(en route)
Chadwell St MaryChadwell St MarySt MaryRM16 4DJTQ646785TilburyTilbury
Chappel - St BarnabasChappelSt BarnabasCO6 2DDTL894284Wakes ColneConsecrated in 1352 as a Chapel of Ease, it gave its name to the village of Chappel. 14th century windows, walls and roof beams remain.Earls Colne
CathredralChelmsfordCathredralCM1 1TYTL708070ChelmsfordSaffron Trail
ChelmsfordChelmsfordOur Lady ImmaculateCM2 0RJTL705063ChelmsfordA stone-built Early English Gothic design by J. J. Scoles, 1847.Saffron Trail
St JohnChelmsfordSt JohnCM2 0JDTL706061ChelmsfordSaffron Trail
Chickney St MaryChickneySt MaryCM6 2BYTL574281StanstedAn unusually complete example of Anglo Saxon design, with rhomboidal nave. The church is no longer in use and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Grade I Listed.List of Walks
Chignal SmealyChignal SmealySt NicholasCM1 4TATL668116ChelmsfordEssex Way
Chignall St JamesChignall St JamesSt JamesCM1 4TYTL670097ChelmsfordNow a private residence. The chancel and nave are probably of late C13 origin, re-built early in the 16th century.Centenary Circle
Chigwell - St MaryChigwellSt MarysIG7 6BDTQ441938ChigwellEst. 1160 AD - the original Norman church is now the south aisle and lady chapel of the building. In the early C15, the belfry was added supported by massive oak posts. In the 1880s a new flint chancel and nave was added to the north side of the original building.List of Walks
All SaintsChigwell RowAll SaintsIG7 4QDTQ465933ChigwellList of Walks
Childerditch - All SaintsChilderditchAll Saints & St FaithCM13 3EQTQ614893BrentwoodIn 1869, the ruins of the older 12th century church were demolished and replaced by the current one, built of Kentish rag and Bath stone.Jury Hill
Ongar - St MartinChipping OngarSt MartinCM5 9JJTL553030OngarSt Martins was built at the end of the 11th century. The steeple dates from the 15th century. An early 17th century iron bedstead chiming clock with no dial is still workingEssex Way
(en route)
ChrishallChrishallHoly TrinitySG8 8QUTL451386Saffron WaldenElmdon
Clacton-on-Sea - Our Lady of LightClacton-on-SeaOur Lady of Light CO15 6AGTM179149ClactonClacton to Walton
(en route)
Clacton-on-Sea - Christ Church (URC)Clacton-on-SeaChrist ChurchCO15 6PHTM178149ClactonUnited Reformed ChurchClacton to Walton
(en route)
Clacton-on-Sea - St JamesClacton-on-SeaSt JamesCO15 1LETM172145ClactonThe original building was planned to be twice as large with a bell-tower, but this cement-rendered building, reminiscent of a war-time bunker, was built instead, and consecrated in 1913.Clacton to Walton
Clavering - St Mary & St ClementClaveringSt Mary & St ClementCB11 4QLTL471318StanstedThis fine large Perpendicular church is built of flint rubble and is entirely embattled, with a west tower that has angle buttresses. The roofs are original with low pitched cambered tie-beams, and have interesting head corbels as well as carved wooden angels below the rafters. The chancel screen of c.1450 has beautifully crafted tracery, and has remains of paintings on the dado panels (Anthony with pig, Lawrence with gridiron, and Agnes with lamb).Clavering
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Coggeshall - St. Peter ad VinculaCoggeshallSt Peter ad VinculaCO6 1UDTL853230KelvedonThis Grade I Listed church is one of the very few churches in the country dedicated to St. Peter ad Vincula (St. Peter in chains). It is reputed to be one of the very best specimens in the County of the Perpendicular period, built in the early 15th century. An Essex walks photosphere can be viewed here: Inside St Peter's - Google Map View Essex Way
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Colchester - All SaintsColchesterAll SaintsCO1 1PNTL999252ColchesterNow a Natural History MuseumList of Walks
Colchester - Holy TrinityColchesterHoly TrinityCO1 1JNTL996252ColchesterHoly Trinity is the oldest surviving church building in Colchester. Parts of the church tower are Anglo-Saxon, believed to date from about 1020. The Saxon doorway in the west side of the tower has a triangular head:a feature common in Anglo-Saxon windows but unusual in a doorway. An earlier church building may have existed on the site. The churchyard includes the graves of William Gilbert, discoverer of electromagnetism and physician to Elizabeth I, and the composer John Wilbye. Free entry.List of Walks
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CO1 1LXTL997251ColchesterRemnants of a Victorian Gothic stone church, graced with a tower and spire 125 feet tall.List of Walks
Colchester - St BotolphColchesterSt BotolphCO2 7EETL999249ColchesterThis church was built in 1837 on land adjacent to St Botolph's Priory in 'neo-Norman' styleList of Walks
Colchester - St Botolphs PrioryColchesterSt Botolph's Priory CO2 7EETM000250ColchesterThe priory was founded beside the southern gateway through Colchester's old town walls. The original dedication was to St Julian and St Botolph. The priory was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536, but further destruction was inflicted during the 1648 siege of Colchester during the Civil War. List of Walks
St MaryColchesterSt Helen's ChapelCO1 1UBTL998254ColchesterList of Walks
St MaryColchesterSt GilesCO2 7EZTL998248ColchesterConverted to Masonic HallList of Walks
Colchester - St James the GtColchesterSt James the GreatCO1 2QLTM002252ColchesterOriginally Norman: n & s aisles, a tower and chancel and chapel were built/rebuilt variously from the 13th to 16th centuries.List of Walks
Colchester - St James(RC)ColchesterSt James the Less & St HelenCO1 2QBTM003252ColchesterBuilt by J J Scoles in 1837 of white brick, in Norman style. North aisle added in 1904, south aisle in 1907.List of Walks
St Johns GateColchesterSt John's Abbey GateCO2 7EZTL998247ColchesterThe Benedictine Abbey of St John the Baptist, generally known as St John's Abbey, founded in 1096, lasted until the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the execution of its abbot in 1539. Now all that remains is the 15th C. gatehouse on St John's Green, which was stormed by Parliamentarian soldiers during the Civil War siege of 1648.List of Walks
Colchester - St Leonard-at-the-HytheColchester (Hythe)St LeonardCO1 2NPTM013247ColchesterSome impressive features notably the C15 porch with an upstairs room, and internally, the C16 hammerbeam roof. Redundant: Churches Conservation Trust (CCT)List of Walks
St MartinColchesterSt MartinCO1 1HNTL996254ColchesterMany reused Roman bricks may be seen in its exterior, especially in its tower. Although there is evidence of 11th-century work, most of the present building grew during the 14th-century. Treasures include a wagon roof, Jacobean woodwork and a Green Man carving. Its tower was damaged in the English Civil War and was never repaired. Cared for by Churches Conservation Trust (CCT).List of Walks
St MaryColchesterSt Mary-at-the-WallsCO1 1NFTL993251ColchesterList of Walks
St PeterColchesterSt PeterCO1 1PGTL994252ColchesterList of Walks
Cold Norton - St StephenCold NortonSt StephenCM3 6NPTQ852999South Woodham
St Stephen consists of a nave, chancel and vestry built from Kentish ragstone, with a simple timber porch. It was rebuilt in 1855 by Pritchett.Fambridge to Burnham
Colne Engaine - St AndrewColne EngaineSt AndrewCO6 2EYTL850304HalsteadGrade I listed. The base of the tower is 14th century, built of flint and rubble, whereas the upper half is c.1500, built of Tudor brick. The nave is Norman and the chancel, c.1300.Earls Colne
St AlbanCoopersaleSt AlbanCM16 7QTTL475025EppingEssex Way
Copford - St Michael & All AngelsCopfordSt Michael & All AngelsCO6 1DGTL935227ColchesterSt Michael & All Angels dates from the second quarter of the 12th century, and contains an unparallelled display of 12th century wall paintings., The original design of the nave was a three bay vaulted structure, lit by unusually large shafted windows placed high in the walls. The designs give us some idea of how all medieval churches might have been decorated before the Puritans. For a 360° photosphere see: Copford ChurchList of Walks
St JohnCornish Hall EndSt John the EvangelistCM7 4HFTL684365HaverhillGreat Sampford
Corringham - St MaryCorringhamSt MarySS17 9ATTQ710833Stanford-le-HopeThe herringbone pattern of masonry in the chancel south wall suggest this church was begun before the Norman Conquest The most impressive feature is the massive Norman tower, without buttresses, and with two tiers of blanked out arches at the top. Apart from remnants of Saxon construction, the chancel and chancel chapel are mainly 14th century.List of Walks
Cranham - All SaintsCranhamAll SaintsRM14 3YBTQ572861UpminsterAn Early English style 1873 rebuild on the site of a previous 14th century church.List of Walks
Creeksea - All SaintsCreekseaAll SaintsCM0 8PQTQ930969Burnham-on-CrouchOn the site of a former church with stunning views over the Crouch, All Saints was completed in 1877 with an attractive mix of red tiles,stone, bricks and flint. The previous church's 14th-century south doorway with moulded jambs and two-centred arch has been retained.Fambridge to Burnham
CressingAll SaintsCressingAll SaintsCM77 8PQTL794204BraintreeA Grade I listed building. Nave: C12 with Saxon-Norman foundation; Chancel early C13, S wall rebuilt in early C16; bell-turret c.1400; N vestry 1823; South porch C19.Essex Way
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CressingCressingCressing TempleCM77 8PDTL799187BraintreeKnights Templar centre, with extant barns.Essex Way
Danbury - St John the BaptistDanburySt John the BaptistCM3 4NGTL779051DanburyThe church is built on a hill which was once an iron-age fort, and subsequently occupied by the Romans and then the Saxons.The oldest part is the 13th century north aisle, built of puddingstone, with early 14th century trussed rafter roof. The tower is 14th century, with a shingled spire rebuilt after a lightning strike in 1750.Saffron Trail
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Debden - St MaryDebdenSt Mary the Virgin & All SaintsCB11 3LDTL551332Saffron WaldenThe church was built around 1220 in the Norman cathredral form with chancel, nave, two aisles and a tower in the centre. Originally there was a central steeple with 5 bells, but this fell in 1698, destroying the chancel. Partly rebuilt 1793.Saffron Trail
Dedham St MaryDedhamSt Mary the VirginCO7 6DETM057331ManningtreeBuilding began in 1492 on the site of a medieval church dating back to at least 1322. The striking west tower, finished in 1519, is 131 feet high.Essex Way
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Dengie - St JamesDengieSt JamesCM0 7UHTL98940162TillinghamThe church is built on a relatively high point of the Dengie Peninsula from a mixture of materials, notably rare 14th century yellow brick.Bradwell
DoddinghurstDoddinghurstAll SaintsCM15 0NJTQ589990BrentwoodAll Saints is a Grade I listed building of stone-dressed flint with a 13th century nave. The roof and porch are of the 15th century. The timber-framed belfry tower is dated c.1400 and is topped with a wooden shingled spire. All Saints was built on the route of a Roman road, now 'Church Lane', and intersecting pilgrimage routes.List of Walks
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CO12 3PATM255316HarwichEssex Way
all stsDovercourtAll SaintsCO12 4LNTM238311HarwichCO12 4LNEssex Way
DownhamDownhamSt MargaretCM11 1LGTQ730953WickfordThe oldest part of the present building is the redbrick tower that dates from around 1470. It is diagonally buttressed and contains six bells. The main part of the church, the nave, was rebuilt in the nineteenth century using much of the material from the original thirteenth century building.Downham
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Hamlet ChurchDuddenhoe EndThe Hamlet ChurchCB11 4XNTL462372Saffron WaldenThatched churchElmdon
St MaryDuntonSt Mary the VirginCM13 3SSTQ653883BasildonBuilt in 1873 of red brick with a timber tower and one bell, on the site of an earlier C.16 church, which itself was a replacement for an earlier 12th century priory used by pilgrims. Redundant 1980, now a private residence.List of Walks
Earls ColneEarls ColneSt AndrewCO6 2RGTL861288HalsteadThe church comprises chancel with north and south chapels, nave with north and south aisles and south porch, and a west tower built in 1460. An unusual feature of the graveyard is the headstones made from cast iron, probably manufactured in the old Atlas Works Foundry.Earls Colne
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St LawrenceEast DonylandSt LawrenceCO5 7EBTM030216ColchesterWivenhoe
St MaryEast HanningfieldAll SaintsCM3 8ADTL771012South Woodham
St Andrews Church was built in 1884-5 after fire destroyed the original 7th Century church.East Hanningfield
East HorndonEast HorndonAll SaintsCM13 3LJTQ636895BrentwoodThis lovely C15 & C16 church sits alone on a hill overlooking the A127/A128 junction.The south chapel was built in 1512, the remainder of the church is late C14.The church was made redundant in 1970 and is now looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust.Jury Hill
East Mersea - St EdmundEast MerseaSt Edmund King & MartyrCO5 8TJTM051142MerseaThe church was built on the former site of the Danish moated fortification. The church is Perpendicular in style with a 15th century tower and polygonal stair turret, and a slightly earlier chancel.Mersea
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East TilburyEast TilburySt CatherineRM18 8PBTQ689770TilburySt Catherine's is a small C12 church set on an escarpment adjacent the Thames. It is Grade I listed. The Norman nave was extended with a north aisle in the late twelfth century and a chancel in the thirteenth century.East Tilbury
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St MaryEasthorpeSt Mary the VirginCO5 9HDTL91252150ColchesterList of Walks
All SaintsEastwoodSt Laurence & All SaintsSS2 6UNTQ862888Southend-on-SeaList of Walks
Eight Ash Green - All SaintsEight Ash GreenAll SaintsCO6 3QJTL94228ColchesterLying 5 miles to the west of Colchester, Eight Ash Green is not a traditional English village but a civil parish formed in 1947 around a scattered collection of agricultural buildings. This small simple brick church was built alongside the main road in 1898 to serve as an outpost to the original parish of Copford.List of Walks
Elmdon St NicholasElmdonSt NicholasCB11 4LTTL462397Saffron WaldenAlthough aspects of this lovely church date back to 1320, the church was virtually rebuilt in 1879-80. However the west tower is 15th century Perpendicular style, and in the chancel floor are two 16th century memorial slabs with brasses.Elmdon
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Elmstead Market - St Anne & St LawrenceElmsteadSt Ann & St LaurenceCO7 7ARTM065260ColchesterRemnants of 12th century, but main building is 14th century. Grade I listed.List of Walks
Elsenham - St MaryElsenhamSt MaryCM22 6DPTL542259StanstedThe chancel and nave of this rather beautiful church date from early C12, with a tower added in early C15 and a porch in 1500. Saffron Trail
EppingEppingSt John the BaptistCM16 5DNTL456021EppingSt Johns is a Victorian building in Gothic style. The foundation stone was laid in 1889 and the Nave and Chancel were completed in 1891. The north aisle was added in 1908 and finally, the tower was built as virtually a separate building in 1909.List of Walks
All SaintsEpping UplandAll SaintsCM16 6PHTL444045EppingEpping Green
Fairstead - St MaryFairsteadSt MaryCM3 2ATTL768167WithamSt Mary's is a Grade I listed building. The nave is 11th century, the windows are 13th century, and the north porch is 15th century. The spire on the 12th century tower is c. 1600Essex Way
Farnham - St Mary the VirginFarnhamSt Mary the VirginCM23 1HRTL481248StanstedThis strangely tall and narrow Victorian church was built in 1858, replacing an older church on a site which has been sacred since at least 1247. The church was partially funded by the Gosling family who lived in nearby Hassobury House.List of Walks
Faulkbourne - St GermanusFaulkbourneSt GermanusCM8 1SPTL800166WithamThis Grade I listed church was built in C12 & C13, and restored in C19. The porch was added in early C17. The upper window in the north wall, together with the small circular openings on either side, are original. There is also a Norman doorway on the south side. The timber bell turret was added in C15.Essex Way
Feering - All SaintsFeeringAll SaintsCO5 9QJTL872204KelvedonAll Saints is Grade I listed. The north aisle and chancel are C14 and the tower, C15. In between is the more recent nave, built of brick in early C16. The nave roof is C17. List of Walks
Felsted Holy CrossFelstedHoly CrossCM6 3DJTL677204Great DunmowMainly 14th century, with a Norman tower. The church is Grade I listed.Saffron Trail
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Finchingfield - St John the BaptistFinchingfieldSt JohnCM7 4NPTL686328ThaxtedThe massive Norman tower dominates the site. The church is at the top of a hill and so the tower would have had a role in defence of the settlement. A former spire was blown down during a gale in 1702 and never rebuilt. The top stage of the tower with battlements was added in the 15th century.Great Sampford
St AndrewFingringhoeSt AndrewCO5 7BNTM030204ColchesterList of Walks
Fobbing - St MichaelFobbingSt MichaelSS17 9JWTQ718839Stanford le HopeThe 15th century Kentish ragstone tower dominates the estuary landscape, with an even taller stair-turret built onto the south-east corner.List of Walks
Ford End St JohnFord EndSt John the EvangelistCM3 1LHTL677169Great DunmowThe foundation stone of the Church, laid in 1870 refers to the older name, Fourth End, instead of Ford End. The architect was Fred Chancellor, the architect responsible for many insensitive Victorian 'restorations' of medieval churches in Essex.List of Walks
Fordham: All SaintsFordhamAll SaintsCO6 3NLTL928281Wakes ColneMostly 14th century, with north & south aisles rebuilt c1500. Sarsen stone built into tower wall.Essex Way
Foster Street - privateFoster StreetAll SaintsCM17 9HRTL492093HarlowThe 1873 unconsecrated chapel is an unusual cruciform-shaped building with a central tower and once had traceried windows, an organ, font, and bells. It is now a private residence.
St MaryFoulnessSt Mary the VirginSS3 9XQTR004932Southend-on-SeaList of Walks
Foxearth - SS Peter & PaulFoxearthSt Peter & St PaulCO10 7JETL836448SudburyList of Walks
Frating - 'Church House'FratingDedication UnknownCO7 7HETM082223WivenhoeNorman with C13 chancel window. In 1125 Frating was a chapel-of-ease to Great Bentley. The church once had a tower with 3 bells (see B&W) pic) but this was demolished in 1976. Private. Now "The Church House". with TowerWivenhoe
Frinton-on-Sea - Old Church of St MaryFrinton-on-SeaSt Mary the VirginCO13 9DNTM237195Frinton-on-SeaSt Mary the Virgin is the smallest complete church in Essex - the 14th century nave is only 25 feet long. The porch is 16th century brick, rebuilt in 1879.Clacton to Walton
Free ChurchFrinton-on-SeaFree ChurchCO13 9PWTM237197Frinton-on-SeaClacton to Walton
FryerningFryerningSt MaryCM4 0NWTL638001BrentwoodThe oldest part of St Mary's is the 11th century nave, built with walls 3 feet thick made of puddingstone and flint. The brick tower was constructed in the early 16th century by the Knights Hospitalers, replacing an earlier wooden version.Mill Green
FyfieldFyfieldSt NicholasCM5 0SDTL573068OngarThis sturdy church was built by the Norman conquerors in the 12th century from local flint rubble. Unusually, the tower was built at the east end of the nave. Essex Way
Galleywood - St Michael and All AngelsGalleywoodSt Michael & All AngelCM2 8TSTL704029ChelmsfordBuilt in 1872/3 on high ground, surrounded by Chelmsford racecourse which closed in 1935. The octagonal broach spire reaches 131 feet high and originally had crocketed pinnacles.Centenary Circle
GestingthorpeGestingthorpeSt MaryCO9 3BBTL812386SudburySt Mary's is a Grade I Listed building from 13th-century and later. The red brick West Tower was added c. 1530.Hedingham
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GoldhangerGoldhangerSt PeterCM9 8ASTL905088MaldonSt Peter's Church dates from the 11th century: the south side was added in the 14th century and the tower added to the west end of the church in the 15th century.List of Walks
Good EasterGood EasterSt AndrewCM1 4RUTL626121ChelmsfordThe nave was built around 1200, and the chancel some 30 years later, although there is evidence that a smaller arch to a structure existed before this, notably before the Norman invasion.Good Easter
GosfieldGosfieldSt KatharineCO9 1UDTL778294HalstedThe church was built on the site of an older one in 1435. The tower was built in 1490 and its original bell (dated 1420) survives, along with additional bells in 1637, 1704 and 1962.Bocking
Grays - St PeterGraysSt Peter & St PaulRM17 6LNTQ614777GraysAlthough some internal sections of this ancient church date back to Norman times, the exterior was almost entirely rebuilt around 1886. The overall effect is heavy, squat and gloomy.List of Walks
Grays - St ThomasGraysSt Thomas of CanterburyRM17 6SRTQ620779GraysSt Thomas of Canterbury (R.C.) was built in 1886 by FH Pownall. Internally it is one uninterrupted space, and originally there was a school in the basement.List of Walks
Great Baddow - St Mary the VirginGreat BaddowSt Mary the VirginCM2 7HZTL729049ChelmsfordThe nave is Norman, with north and south aisles and the tower added in C14. The tudor clerestory and porch were added in C16 but the parapets and pinnacles are not original - they were replaced in 1968. Centenary Circle
Great Bardfield - St MaryGreat BardfieldSt Mary the VirginCM7 4RNTL678304Great DunmowThe tower is 12th or early 13th century with small lancet windows. The nave, chancel and north and south aisles are 14th century. It is Grade I listed. Pre-Christian origins.List of Walks
Great Bentley - St MaryGreat BentleySt Mary the VirginCO7 8LGTM109216WivenhoeThe nave and chancel are Norman, with original windows on either side. The chancel was extended eastwards in early C14. The tower was built towards the end of C14 although the battlements were added later.List of Walks
Great Braxted - All SaintsGreat BraxtedAll SaintsCM8 3ENTL851154WithamThe only building surviving from the original village of Great Braxted. The church dates from the C12. Early surviving fabric, some of this period, includes reused Roman tiles, unusually large medieval tiles on part of the nave roof and a crown post roof. Later features are the unusual tiered pews in the nave, and the broach spire. List of Walks
Great Bromley - St GeorgeGreat BromleySt GeorgeCO7 7UXTM084263ColchesterA superb Grade I listed church, sited on a rise at the heart of the village. The nave, chancel and south aisle were built in the early 14th century although the chancel was substantially restored in 1867. The tower, nave, north aisle, and porch are 15th century. The clerestory and magnificent double hammerbeam roof were added in around1500.
The tower contains a surprising amount of puddingstone, cheap and evidently plentiful locally. The south porch and clerestory however consist of very fine knapped flint flushwork - although the flint was readily available, the flushwork required specialist skills. Knapped flushwork is also present on the tower and in a frieze around the base of the chancel. The south, north and west doors, also all around 1500, have remnants of intricate carved tracery.
This church is far more elaborate than you would expect from an Essex village church, and Pevsner called it "the Cathedral of the Tendring Hundred"
For a virtual tour of St George's: 3D panorama of St George's
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Great Burstead - St Mary MagdaleneGreat BursteadSt Mary MagdaleneCM11 2TRTQ681922BillericayA wooden church originally stood on the site in the 7th century, after a preaching cross was erected here by St Cedd, and was the original parish before Billericay developed. The oldest part of the current building is the Norman nave, with a surviving window in the north wall. The tower and chancel are later 14th century additions. Unusually, the church has two porches - north (c.1500) and south (early 16th century).List of Walks
Great CanfieldSt MaryGreat CanfieldSt MaryCM6 1JTTL594180Great DunmowThis church is in a lovely setting, at the heart of a tiny village well off the major roads. The church is Norman, built c. 1150, with a fifteenth century belfry, spire and south porch. The south doorway is Norman and is richly carved with zig-zags, and images of Odin with swastikas.Hatfield Broad Oak
Great Chesterford - All SaintsGreat ChesterfordAll SaintsCB10 1NPTL506428Saffron WaldenThe chancel and nave are C13/15. The tower was rebuilt in 1790 to the east of its original site, then raised and given pinnacles in 1841-2. Grade I ListedElmdon
Great Clacton - St John the BaptistGreat ClactonSt John the BaptistCO15 4ARTM177165Clacton-on-SeaNorman church in the original farming village of Clacton, before the growth of Clacton-on-Sea. 14th century chancel, and massive unfinished tower, added in the 15th century.Clacton to Walton
Great Dunmow - St Mary the VirginGreat DunmowSt Mary the VirginCM6 2SJTL630230Great DunmowThe chancel of St Mary's is early 14th century. The C15 south porch, arcade, chancel arch, tower and S chapel were all restored in late C19-early C20. St Mary's is a Grade I Listed building.Stebbing
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Great EastonGreat EastonSt John & St GilesCM6 2HGTL607255Great DunmowA Norman church built on the site of a earlier Saxon church, with 13th century chancel.Stebbing
Great HallingburyGreat HallingburySt GilesCM22 7TZTL511196Bishop's StortfordOriginally a late Saxon/early Norman building, the church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1873-4 by GE Pritchett. The church virtually doubled in size during the restoration, and all that remains externally of the earlier church is a Norman window on the south side, and the C15 tower. The octagonal spire added by Pritchett was a copy of an earlier spire which had been destroyed by lightning in 1738.Little Hallingbury
Great HennyGreat HennySt MaryCO10 7NWTL867378SudburyWith a distinctive twisted shingled spire, the two lower stages of the tower are late 11th or 12th century: the rest of the church was rebuilt during the the middle 14th century. Look for the carvings on the corbels of the roof beams: demons, musicians, angels etc.List of Walks
Great Holland - All SaintsGreat HollandAll SaintsCO13 0JSTM219194Frinton-on-SeaLike Thorpe-le-Soken, the church's outstanding feature is its large Tudor red brick tower, with blue brick diapering. The corner buttresses, together with the stair turret, are in this case octagonal. The rest of the church was rebuilt to the designs of Blomfield in 1866 in the Early English style.Clacton to Walton
Great HorkesleyGreat HorkesleyAll SaintsCO6 4BDTL971324ColchesterAll Saints' Church is a fine grade I listed building dating from the 12th Century with chancel and north chapel built in the 15th century. The tower is 15th century and the timber porch was restored in 1918.Essex Way
St JohnsGreat HorkesleySt JohnsCO6 4ESTL979295ColchesterBuilt as a nonconformist chapel c. 1845, the entrance drive to the chapel is flanked by two brick lodges, one round and early 19th-century, the other octagonal and mid 19th-century. Essex Way
Great Leighs - St MaryGreat LeighsSt MaryCM3 1PPTL738156BraintreeThe magnificent Norman tower is one of only 6 round towers in Essex, and with a diameter of 17 feet, is the 3rd largest in the country. The nave of the church is also Norman. The spire was rebuilt during restoration in 1882.Essex Way
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St MaryGreat MaplesteadSt GilesCO9 2RGTL808346HalsteadHedingham
St MaryGreat OakleyAll SaintsCO12 5BLTM188273HarwichList of Walks
St MaryGreat ParndonSt MaryCM19 4HTTL432089HarlowList of Walks
Great SalingGreat SalingSt James the GreatCM7 5GYTL700258BraintreeMostly rebuilt in a Victorian restoration, except the 14th century tower.List of Walks
Great SampfordGreat SampfordSt MichaelCB10 2RSTL642354Saffron WaldenApart from the thirteenth-century south transept almost the entire structure dates to between 1320 and 1350. The church seems extraordinary grand for such a small village, but it came under the jurisdiction of the wealthy Battle Abbey in Sussex, and was rebuilt by one of the most powerful political organizations in the late Middle Ages: the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the Knights Hospitallers.Great Sampford
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Great Tey - St BarnabasGreat TeySt BarnabasCO6 1JSTL892258ColchesterSt Barnabas was built in the early 1100s and made extensive use of Roman bricks, particularly for the arches of windows set into the tower. The massive 18ft wide tower, built in 1160, is in the centre of the church with nave on one side and chancel on the other. Essex Way
Great TothamGreat TothamSt PeterCM9 8NPTL862110Maldon Mainly C14 with C15 roof. Restored in 1878/9 when the tower was rebuilt and the north aisle and south porch added.Langford
Great Wakering - St NicholasGreat WakeringSt NicholasSS3 0AGTQ950876SouthendThe nave and chancel were built around 1100, with a Norman tower added slightly later. On the west of the tower is a 2-storey porch added in C15. This is unusual: such additions are usually an early Saxon motif, and may indicate that the porch was built on earlier foundations. The broach spire is also C15.List of Walks
Great WalthamGreat WalthamSt Mary & St LawrenceCM3 1ARTL696135ChelmsfordThis church is a Grade I listed building, and was built in Norman times. The nave is unusually wide for a Norman Church and has a fine and rare early C16 roof with alternate tie beams and angel hammer beam trusses. Essex Way &
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St MaryGreat WarleySt Mary the VirginCM13 3JPTQ589900BrentwoodGrade I listed.Wendy Hitchmough's analysis of St Mary the Virgin, Great Warley reveals the relatively minor part played in the design of that building by its architect, Charles Harrison Townsend: more credit for the overall conception needs to be given to William Reynolds-Stephens.Jury Hill
St MaryGreat WigboroughSt StephenCO5 7RLTL968156West MerseaList of Walks
Gt Yeldham - St AndrewGreat YeldhamSt AndrewCO9 4PTTL758387HalsteadThe south porch is the lower portion of a large tower begun in the 14th century, topped off with a Tudor stepped brick gable. The 15th century west tower has an hexagonal staircase, angle buttresses, stepped battlements, pinnacles and houses six bells.Hedingham
Greenstead - St AndrewGreensteadSt AndrewCO4 3XGTM019250ColchesterList of Walks
St JamesGreenstead GreenSt JamesCO9 1QRTL822285HalsteadList of Walks
Greensted-juxta-OngarGreenstedSt AndrewCM5 9LDTL539030OngarSt Andrew's is unique: the oldest timber building in Britian. It is made up of large split logs placed vertically with the rounded face on the outside. The split logs have been tree-ring dated to late C11. The tower and spire are C18 and the porch, C19.Essex Way
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Hadleigh - St James the LessHadleighSt James the LessSS7 2PATQ810870SouthendBuilt by the Normans around 1140, the distinctive apse has flat pilaster buttresses and three round-headed windows. The boarded belfry is 15th century.
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Hadstock - St BotolphHadstockSt BotolphCB21 4PHTL559448Saffron WaldenThis complex and interesting church is built on the site of an unusually elaborate C7 Saxon church, which also had transepts. The nave and transepts are C11: the transept arches are C13/14, the tower C15 and the chancel, C19. The building is Grade I listed.
HalsteadHalsteadHoly TrinityCO9 1JHTL808305HalsteadA Gothic Revival church in the C13 Early English style, built in 1843 on the site of a 1423 chapel. It is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust after it was declared a 'redundant' church in 1987.List of Walks
St AndrewHalsteadSt AndrewCO9 2LDTL815307HalsteadReplacing an earlier 13th century church, the nave, north and south aisles and the chancel, dates from the early years of the 14th Century. The tower was added in 1850.List of Walks
HalsteadHalsteadCongregational ChurchCO9 2JWTL815306HalsteadConverted to 7 apartments in a 2003 conversion of the Grade II Listed Congregational church built in 1865 in the Gothic style.List of Walks
St AndrewHarlowSt AndrewCM18 6BWTL456093Harlow Now the St. Andrews Community Learning Centre (Harlow Study Centre)
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HarlowburyHarlowHarlowbury ChapelCM17 0HETL477121HarlowGrade I listed Norman chapel built in 1180 with a fine crown post roof. The estates at Harlowbury were gifted to the abbots of Bury St Edmunds in 1041 and the current chapel was built in 1180 so that the abbots could offer prayer when travelling to London. List of Walks
St MaryHarlowSt John the BaptistCM17 0AJTL471116HarlowConverted Victorian church: Arts and Recreation CentreList of Walks
Harlow - St Mary-at-LattonHarlowSt Mary at LattonCM20 2JPTL464109HarlowEarly Norman Grade I listed church, with tower added before 1234, but rebuilt in late 16th C. A German V1 rocket destroyed medieval stained glass on the south side of the church, which was unrepaired until 1965.List of Walks
St MaryHarlow (Old Harlow)St Mary and St HughCM17 0JTTL483115HarlowList of Walks
Harlow - St Mary MagdaleneHarlowSt Mary MagdaleneCM17 9AWTL473084HarlowLate Victorian Gothic church in Potter Street, Harlow, with chancel dated 1888, and tower 1898, built on the site of an 1838 chapel associated with the pottery industry.List of Walks
St MaryHarwichSt NicholasCO12 3DSTM261326HarwichEssex Way
Hatfield Broad OakHatfield Broad OakSt MaryCM22 7HGTL547166Bishop's StortfordOriginally St Mary's was a much larger Benedictine Priory built on the site of an old Saxon church in 1135 in a cruciform shape with a central tower. After the Reformation, the eastern part was demolished, and in the 15th century, the west tower, south porch and south chapel were added.List of Walks
Hatfield Heath - Holy TrinityHatfield HeathHoly TrinityCM22 7EATL522150Bishop's StortfordThis Victorian church was built in 1856-9 by J Clarke on the village green. It was subsequently extended in 1882-3 and 1934, yet retains a unified feel.List of Walks
Hatfield Heath - URCHatfield HeathUnited ReformCM22 7BHTL527149Bishop's StortfordA 1876 rebuild of an earlier Congregational church, which was built on the site of a meeting place originally leased in 1725 by a non-conformist congregation of more than 300.Hatfield Broad Oak
Hatfield Peverel - St AndrewHatfield PeverelSt AndrewCM3 2LETL797110WithamThe church is the extended nave of a former Benedictine Priory, with a north aisle added in C13 and a south aisle added in 1873. The east wall of the chancel is the west arch of the former central tower. The west wall of the current church is the original west wall of the priory church and contains a C12 Norman doorway.List of Walks
HaveringHaveringSt JohnRM4 1PLTQ512931RomfordSt John's was built in 1878 on the site of the former 12th century church St Marys. It was designed by Basil Champneys in the Decorated style with brick, faced with flint, and comprises chancel, nave, north aisle, organ chamber and vestry, and an embattled south-west tower. Much of the early 18th century brick came from the old church.List of Walks
St MaryHawkwellSt MarySS5 4LLTQ860919RochfordList of Walks
Helions Bumpstead - St AndrewHelions BumpsteadSt AndrewCB9 7AJTL651417HaverhillThe nave is Norman, the chancel mid C13. A south aisle was added in C14 but demolished in late C18 leaving the octagonal piers, and then rebuilt in 1834. The tower was built in 1812.List of Walks
Hempstead - St AndrewHempsteadSt AndrewCB10 2PATL635380Saffron WaldenConsecrated as a Great Sampford chapel of ease in 1365. The 15th century chancel was extended in Tudor brick. The tower collapsed in1882,and the aisle walls had to be rebuilt in 1887 as part of a major restoration. The tower however had to wait until 1933 to be rebuilt.List of Walks
HenhamHenhamSt Mary the VirginCM22 6ANTL544286StanstedMost of this church was built in stages over the 13th and 14th centuries. The embattled porch was added during the 15th century. The West Tower (11 ft. square) is almost entirely of c. 1325, composed of three stages with an embattled parapet and a low lead-covered spire.Saffron Trail
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Heybridge - St AndrewHeybridgeSt AndrewCM9 4NBTL856081MaldonThe church building was completed in the 12th century and the south door, with ornamental iron hinges, dates from around 1100. Somewhere around 1450 flooding caused the tower to collapse. The 'ruins' were restored later in the 15th century.Langford
High Beach - Holy InnocentsHigh BeachHoly InnocentsIG10 4BFTQ408978LoughtonThe early English gothic style church in Eppping Forest was designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield & completed in 1873.List of Walks
High EasterHigh EasterSt Mary the VirginCM1 4QWTL620147ChelmsfordThe chancel and nave were built in early C12. A north aisle was added in C14 when the chancel arch was re-built and widened. The tower was added in C15, and the brick porch and clerestory were added in C16.Essex Way
High LaverHigh LaverAll SaintsCM5 0DXTL528087OngarA simple church with a Norman nave and C13 chancel. The tower and chancel arch are C14.
John Locke spent the last 13 years of his life nearby and is buried in the churchyard
High OngarHigh OngarSt MaryCM5 9NQTL565038OngarSt Mary's was built around 1181. The church consists of a 12th century nave, and a 13th century chancel. The south door arch is a good example of dog-tooth patterned Norman stonemasonry. The bell-tower, though in the 13 century style, was added in 1858 replacing a wooden tower with tall, shingled spire, which stood at the west end of the nave.List of Walks
High RodingHigh RodingAll SaintsCM6 1PATL592165Great DunmowThe nave and chancel are C13 but the porch is c.1400. The church was restored in 1853/4 when the bellcote was added, replacing a spire struck by lightning in 1832.List of Walks
Loves Green - St PaulsHighwoodSt PaulsCM1 3QHTL645044ChelmsfordSt Paul's was built in 1840-42 by Steven Webb of Moulsham, originlally as a chapel of ease for Writtle. It was formally separated fron the main parish in 1875. The east end was remodelled in 1890-1.List of Walks
St MaryHockleySt Peter & St PaulSS5 6AETQ826934SouthendSaffron Trail
Hornchurch - St AndrewHornchurchSt AndrewRM12 6QPTQ544870HornchurchThe church was built of septaria and ragstone around the 1490s. Originally referred to as simply the 'church of Havering', the place-name 'Horned church' was used in the 13th century, hence a carving of a bull's head with copper horns on the eastern gable.List of Walks
HorndonHorndon-on-the-HillSt Peter & St PaulSS17 8NSTQ669833Stanford-le-HopeAn avenue of limes leads to this lovely C13 church. The timber bell turret with a shingled spire was erected c.1500.List of Walks
Hutton - All SaintsHuttonAll SaintsCM13 1SBTQ635943BrentwoodOriginally C14, it was extensively restored in 1873. The chancel arch, nave roof and north porch are C14 and the bell turret and spire are probably C15.List of Walks
IngatestoneIngatestoneSt Edmund & St MaryCM4 9DNTQ651996BrentwoodIngatestone
Ingrave - St NicholasIngraveSt NicholasCM13 3NUTQ623920BrentwoodBuilt in 1734, a commission for the 8th Lord Petre of Thorndon Hall as replacements for the medieval churches in West Horndon and Ingrave. It lies in an octagonal plot - a design echoed in the original landscaping designs of Thorndon Hall, with it's 'west' tower actually facing south-southwest. Octagonal turrets either side of the brick tower rise above the arched parapet. The imposing tower has been likened to a municipal water tower.List of Walks
St MaryInworthAll SaintsCO5 9SPTL879178KelvedonMessing
Kelvedon - St Mary ImmaculateKelvedonSt Mary ImmaculateCO5 9AHTL859184KelvedonKelvedon's Catholic church was built in 1891, by CT Thorn. Enlarged in 1909. List of Walks
Kelvedon - St Mary the VirginKelvedonSt Mary the VirginCO5 9ALTL856185KelvedonGrade I listed. The nave and aisles are C13, the chancel, tower and spire, C14. Some earlier, Norman brickwork is visible in the north west corner. The roof of the nave is C15. The church yard is lovely, see the Google photosphere of St Mary's ChurchyardList of Walks
Kelvedon HatchKelvedon HatchSt NicholasCM14 5TJTQ569990BrentwoodThe church was designed by John Newman, who lived in the village. His design shows the late Victorian interest in the skill of the craftsman and the rejection of industrialisation. The church was built in 1895 in red brick, left exposed internally, and consists of chancel, nave, organ chamber, vestry and south porch. Above the porch is a small bell tower with a louvred belfry and shingled spire.List of Walks
Kirby-le-Soken - St MichaelKirby-le-SokenSt MichaelCO13 0EFTM219220Frinton-on-SeaSt Michael's was rebuilt in 1870 by Henry Stone, who also built the church at Walton on the Naze, one of the three 'Soken' (along with Kirby) under the independent jurisdiction of St Paul's Cathredral. Clacton to Walton
Laindon St NicholasLaindonSt NicholasSS15 5RXTQ688895BasildonThe nave of this Grade I listed building is believed to have been built during the 13th Century. The chancel and chapel were added during the 1330's. List of Walks
Lamarsh - Holy InnocentsLamarshHoly InnocentsCO8 5EUTL890361SudburyThe Church of the Holy Innocents, built around 1140, is one of the only three Norman round tower churches and is Grade I listed. The tower was capped in the 19th century by a typical Essex spire. Inside you will find fragments of wall paintings, a delicate 15th century screen and the remains of some steps to a roodloft.List of Walks
LambourneLambourneSt Mary & All SaintsRM4 1AHTQ479961LoughtonNear Abridge, Essex 12th century, but the chancel was almost entirely rebuilt in the 13C. Early in the 16th century the bell turret was added. Some nice examples of Norman masonry can be seen.Abridge
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Langdon Hills - St Mary and All SaintsLangdon HillsSt Mary and All SaintsSS16 6HYTQ678865BasildonBuilt in 1876 to replace the church in Old Church Hill, which was considered too small and too far from the migrating population.List of Walks
Langdon Hills - All SaintsLangdon HillsAll SaintsSS16 6HZTQ673864BasildonPrivate residence but public graveyardList of Walks
St MaryLangenhoeSt AndrewCO5 7NATM014175West MerseaDEMOLISHED 1961 (now haunted)List of Walks
Langford St GilesLangfordSt GilesCM9 4SSTL838090Maldon St Giles is a unique example of a circular apse accommodating an altar at the west end of the church, with architectural evidence of a now-missing apse at the east end. The apse, with 4 feet thick walls, was built in Norman times and is the only surviving example of this in the country.Langford
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LanghamLanghamSt Mary the VirginCO4 5PSTM034337ManningtreeA Grade I listed building dating from the 12th century, featured in a number of John Constable's paintings, most notably the several versions of 'The Glebe Farm and Langham Church'.Essex Way
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St MaryLangleySt John the EvangelistCB11 4RZTL442353Saffron WaldenList of Walks
Latchingdon - Christ ChurchLatchingdonChristchurchCM3 6EUTL886005South Woodham
Built in 1856 with a nave and chancel of Kentish rag on a small plot at a road junction. It was built as the 'new' church to replace the older St Michael's parish church a mile awayList of Walks
Latchingdon - St MichaelLatchingdonSt MichaelCM3 6EUTQ888987South Woodham
The former parish church for Snoreham and Latchingdon overlooking the Crouch valley. Some parts of nave are C14, the brick north wall is 1618. Large brick buttresses from C17 to C19. Now Grade II list private residence. 10 panel paintings from the rood screen are now in Chelmsford Museum.List of Walks
Latton PrioryLatton Priory(Augustinian)CM17 9LHTL466066HarlowLatton Priory: 12th C. Augustinian, now part of the structure of a barn, with only parts of the nave and crossing surviving. A round clerestory window in the north nave wall can still be seen.List of Walks
LawfordSt MaryLawfordSt MaryCO11 2JXTM089316ManningtreeThe oldest fabric in this Grade I Listed church is in the south wall of the nave, dating from 1200 or earlier. The chancel, the south porch and the first tower were built in 1340. The tower was rebuilt in the 16th century, and again in the following century. In 1826 the north wall of the nave and the north aisle were added.Essex Way
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St MaryLayer BretonSt Mary the VirginCO2 0LZTL944200TiptreeLayer de la Haye
Layer de la Haye - St John the BaptistLayer de la HayeSt John the BaptistCO2 0EWTL965191ColchesterAlthough some elements of this church are Norman, most of the building dates from C14. Today the church is beautifully positioned, at the edge of the village looking out over the Abberton reservoir. For a 360º Google photosphere of the church see: Layer de la Haye Photosphere The church is Grade I listed.List of Walks
Layer Marney - St Mary the VirginLayer MarneySt Mary the VirginCO5 9URTL928174TiptreeThe Grade I listed church is adjacent to Layer Marney Tower, and was built at the same time, early in C15 in typical Tudor brick.List of Walks
Leaden RodingLeaden RodingSt MichaelCM6 1GYTL590133OngarThe nave was built in the late 11th century. The squat bell-turret houses three bells, one of which is reputed to be the oldest in Essex, dated 1523. The Rodings
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St MaryLeigh-on-SeaSt ClementSS9 2DETQ841858SouthendSaffron Trail
St MaryLeigh-on-SeaOur Lady of Lourdes SS9 1NGTQ848861SouthendList of Walks
LexdenLexdenSt LeonardCO3 4BLTL971251ColchesterList of Walks
LindsellLindsellSt Mary the VirginCM6 3QRTL644271Great DunmowThis extraordinary C14 church has an unusual layout with tower on the south west corner. There is an opening to an intact anchorite cell on the north wall of the chancel. Stebbing
ListonListon ChurchListon ChurchCO10 7HSTL853448SudburyNorman nave and chancel with early Tudor tower in diapered red and black brick with battlements and a three-light west window. An higher octagonal turret on the north east corner of the tower houses the stairs.List of Walks
Little Baddow - St Mary the VirginLittle BaddowSt Mary the VirginCM3 4BETL764081DanburyAn early Norman church built from rubble with re-used Roman bricks. The nave was widened around 1330 and the tower added in the same century. The chancel was rebuilt in the 15th century.Admiral McHardy Way
St MaryLittle BardfieldSt KatharineCM7 4TTTL655308Great DunmowList of Walks
Little Bentley - St Mary the VirginLittle BentleySt Mary the VirginCO7 8SHTM118256ColchesterNorman nave with Roman bricks, 13th century chancel with lancet windows, and 15th century flint and stone tower, with more recent Tudor brickwork on the nave and porch.List of Walks
Little BirchLittle BirchSt MaryCO2 0LSTL950208ColchesterThe upper part of the tower is Tudor. The church fell into disuse in 1598, and by 1768 was a ruin. On private land.Layer de la Haye
Little Braxted - St NicholasLittle BraxtedSt NicholasCM8 3EUTL836147WithamBuilt about 1120, the church is a small Norman structure, with a wooden belfry and two bells. An old Norman semicircular apsis forms the chancel but the porch is of wood in the Tudor style.
Inside are the extensive decorations and paintings of Geldart from the 1880s. For an interactive 360º panorama of the stunning interior see: Little Tey - St Nicholas (Google photosphere)
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Little Bromley - St Mary the VirginLittle BromleySt Mary the VirginCO11 2PPTM092278ManningtreeThe nave is Norman, the chancel c.1300. The tower was added in C15 (the upper stage later re-built in brick in C16) when a large nave arch was set in: the organ loft occupies a gallery within the resulting space at the base of the tower. CCTList of Walks
Little BursteadLittle BursteadSt Mary the VirginCM12 9STTQ668915BasildonThis small rural church has a 12th century nave with the chancel added in C14. Grade I listed.List of Walks
Littlebury - Holy TrinityLittleburyHoly TrinityCB11 4TDTL517395Saffron WaldenThe nave and south arcade are early C13, with a tower added in C14.The porch was added in late C15/early C16 when the area became wealthy as a result of the wool trade. Extensive restoration in the 1870's included building a new chancel, replacing all the windows (except those in the tower), raising the roof and inserting the clerestory windows. Grade I listed.Elmdon
Littlebury Green - St PeterLittlebury GreenSt PeterCB11 4XETL490385DanburyThe Tin TabernacleElmdon
Little CanfieldLittle CanfieldAll SaintsCM6 1SUTL587210Great DunmowMajor alterations and additions by the Victorian Reverend-Architect C.L. Smith create something of an architectural curiosity.Hatfield Broad Oak
Little Chesterford - St Mary the VirginLittle ChesterfordSt Mary the VirginCB10 1TSTL515417Saffron WaldenOriginally C13 and C14, the church was restored in 1855 when the bellcote and vestry were added.List of Walks
Little Clacton - St JamesLittle ClactonSt JamesCO16 9RRTM166188Clacton-on-SeaThe nave is largely C13, remodelled in C14, and the chancel was originally built soon after 1100 but was also remodelled, in C 13 & C14. The wooden bell turret is C15. The porch was added late in C14, possibly 1381. Internally, the font is late C12.Clacton to Walton
Little Coggeshall ChapelLittle CoggeshallSt Nicholas ChapelCO6 1RDTL854223KelvedonSt.Nicholas' was the gatehouse chapel to Coggeshall Abbey and was used by travellers or locals not normally permitted into the abbey. It is the oldest post-Roman brick building in the county, dating from the early 13th century.Essex Way
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Little Dunmow - St Mary the VirginLittle DunmowSt MaryCM6 3HXTL656212Great DunmowThis church was formerly the Lady Chapel (or south chancel chapel) of a large Augustinian Priory founded in 1106. The traceried windowes were remodelled in 1360.Saffron Trail
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Little EastonLittle EastonSt MaryCM6 2JNTL605235Great Dunmow12th century with chapel added c1230. On the north wall is a sketch of a seated figure with halo dated 1130.Saffron Trail
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Little Hallingbury - St MaryLittle HallingburySt Mary the VirginCM22 7RETL503175Bishop's StortfordThe nave and part of the chancel are Norman, although the chancel was lengthened in the 13th century. The porch is 14th century and shelters a Norman doorway built of Roman bricks. The half timbered bell tower and shingled spire date from C17.Little Hallingbury
St PeterLittle HorkesleySt Peter & St PaulCO6 4DBTL961320ColchesterList of Walks
St MaryLittle LaverSt MaryCM5 0ESTL54480966OngarNorman church with apse added in C19List of Walks
Little LeighsLittle LeighsSt John the EvangelistCM3 1PQTL719168BraintreeThe nave was built in the early 12th century, and the chancel was added or rebuilt in the 13th century. It was restored in 1895 by A Y Nutt, who rebuilt the east wall and the south porch and added the vestry.Essex Way
St MaryLittle MaplesteadSt John the BaptistCO9 2SLTL822340HalsteadOften known as the "Round Church" as it has a circular nave, this Church has long been associated with the Knights Hospitallers, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. of Walks
St MaryLittle OakleySt MaryCO12 5JLTM212285HarwichEssex Way
St MaryLittle ParndonSt MaryCM20 2HPTL439110HarlowList of Walks
St MaryLittle SampfordSt Mary the VirginCB10 2QLTL65313366Saffron WaldenGreat Sampford
Little Tey - St James the LessLittle TeySt James the LessCO6 1HXTL891238ColchesterBuilt around 1130, the church consists of a single cell nave and chancel with an apsidal end. The roof is believed to be early C13, the tower C15 and the porch C19. Grade I listed.
More views of the medieval paintings inside on our Google Maps Photosphere of Little Tey
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Little Thurrock - St MaryLittle ThurrockSt Mary the VirginRM17 6EXTQ626778GraysList of Walks
Little TothamLittle TothamAll SaintsCM9 8LUTL884103MaldonThis charming Grade I listed church has a C12 nave and C14 chancel. The tower was built in the 16th century by John Sammes, who lived in the adjacent Hall. There is a monument to him inside the church.List of Walks
Little WakeringLittle WakeringSt Mary the VirginSS3 0JHTQ935883SouthendThe main feature of this church is the tower, built c. 1420 thanks to the generosity of the Bishop of Norwich, and has his crest - a pelican - on the west doorway. The nave and chancel are Norman but the chancel was restored in 1878.List of Walks
Little WalthamLittle WalthamSt MartinCM3 3LJTL712127ChelmsfordThe nave is 12th century, and the chancel 14th or 15th century. The tower was added or re-built in the early 15th century, and repaired with red bricks two centuries later, when the buttresses were added.The south porch is 16th centuryEssex Way
Little Warley - St PeterLittle WarleySt PeterCM13 3ENTQ604886BrentwoodSt Peter's is an interesting little church just south of the noisy A127. The earliest part of the church is the 15th century stone-built nave with traceried windows. Tudor brickwork, shored up with multiple buttresses, forms the chancel. At the west end, the red and black brick tower dates from 1718.List of Walks
St NicholasLittle WigboroughSt NicholasCO5 7RDTL981145West MerseaList of Walks
Little YeldhamLittle YeldhamSt John the BaptistCO9 4LDTL779396SudburyOn the site of a church mentioned in 1090 - the current nave is dated to c 1380 -1400. A 13th stone coffin lid rests against the south wall. The belfry is 15th century, and rests on four timber posts which can be seen inside the nave.List of Walks
St MaryLoughtonSt Mary the VirginIG10 1BBTQ423962LoughtonList of Walks
Loughton - St John the BaptistLoughtonSt John the BaptistIG10 1PDTQ429969LoughtonBuilt 1846 in neo-Norman style (hence the central tower), in yellow brick with stone dressings.List of Walks
Magdalen LaverMagdalen LaverSt Mary MagdalenCM5 0EGTL513083HarlowThe parish church of St Mary Magdalen consists of a nave, chancel, west tower, and south porch, with walls of flint rubble and Roman brick and a wooden tower.List of Walks
Maldon - St Mary the VirginMaldonSt Mary the VirginCM9 5HNTL857068MaldonThe original tower was built around 1300 and served as defensive lookout and navigational aid to shipping on the Blackwater. The nave was built around 1130 in the reign of Henry I.List of Walks
Maldon - All SaintsMaldonAll SaintsCM9 4QETL849071MaldonA unique 13th century triangular tower with shingled spire and three spirelets. It had to be triangular to fit between the pre-1728 version of the nave and the old fish market in Silver Street.Langford
Maldon - St PeterMaldonSt PeterCM9 4PZTL851071MaldonNow Maeldune Heritage Centre, admission free.Langford
ManudenManudenSt MaryCM23 1DFTL491267StanstedThe church is probably of C12 origin but was largely demolished in 1863 and rebuilt in 1864. The walls are of flint rubble wall with stone dressings. The west tower has diagonal buttresses and a castellated parapet. For a story of village "kettling" of a vicar, click on the photo.List of Walks
Margaret RodingMargaret RodingSt MargaretCM6 1QLTL599120OngarThis charming Parish Church is a Grade I listed building. The walls are made of flint-rubble with dressings of limestone and clunch; the roofs are covered with slates. The nave was built late in the 12th century.The Rodings
MargarettingMargarettingSt Margaret of AntiochCM4 0EDTL665004ChelmsfordMargaretting church was originally Norman incorporating Roman tiles, but the church was almost completely rebuilt in the early-mid 15th century when the timber-framed, weatherboarded and shingled west tower with spire was added.Ingatestone
Marks Tey - St AndrewMarks TeySt AndrewCO6 1LWTL911239ColchesterThe chancel was added to the Norman nave in C14 and the porch in C15. The top of the tower was damaged during the Civil War and replaced with weatherboarding.List of Walks
St MargaretMarkshallSt MargaretCO6 1TGTL841254HalsteadOriginally the site of a medieval church. Demolished in 1933.List of Walks
MashburyMashburyDedication UnknownCM1 4TGTL652119ChelmsfordA small, simple church which dates from the mid 12th century. The bell turret was added in the 19th century The north and south doorways are original although the south porch is 16th century. The church was struck by lightning in 1872 and restored in 1873.List of Walks
Matching - St MaryMatchingSt Mary the VirginCM17 0QZTL525120HarlowThis parish church dates from the 13th century with the south aisle widened during the 14th century and the tower added in the 15th century. In 1274 it was ordained that the Vicar of Matching should receive tithes from local farmers as part of his stipend; by 1710 the small tithes were, by custom and practice, paid in cheese.Matching
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Mayland - St Barnabas and Wind TurbineMaylandSt BarnabasCM3 6DZTL925002Burnham-on-CrouchBuilt in 1867 in Early English style with cusped lancet windows.List of Walks
Messing  All SaintsMessingAll SaintsCO5 9TRTL897189KelvedonThe chancel is 13th century and the nave 14th century. Buth are built out of stone, rubble and roman bricks. The interior of the church was extensively remodelled in the 19th century at which time all the windows were replaced albeit in medieval style.Messing
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Middleton - All SaintsMiddletonAll SaintsCO10 7LNTL871397SudburyThis 12th century church has a good example of Norman zig-zag architecture on its south door, and a very fine and unusual example of a beautifully carved Norman chancel arch.List of Walks
Mistley St Mary the VirginMistleySt. Mary the VirginCO11 1ETTM116320ManningtreeTwo porticoed Classical towers, which stood at each end of a grandiose but highly unconventional Georgian church, designed by Robert Adam in 1776. Essex Way
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St MaryMistleySt Mary & St MichaelCO11 1ERTM114318ManningtreeBuilt 1868. Ornate carvings (by Grinling Gibbons?), to organ case which was made for Worcester Cathedral 1667.Essex Way
MoretonMoretonSt MaryCM5 0JBTL537070OngarThe church consists of a nave and chancel built in the early 13th century, a tower built in the 16th or 17th centuryMoreton
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Mount Bures - St John the BaptistMount BuresSt John the BaptistCO8 5ASTL905325Wakes ColneThe central tower was rebuilt in 1875 when the two short transepts were added, but otherwise the Grade I listed church is Norman. It was built a hundred yards south of a Norman motte and bailey castle, of which the mound survives and is publicly accessible.List of Walks
MountnessingMountnessingSt GilesCM13 1UNTQ648966BrentwoodThis striking Grade I listed church was originally built in the late 11th century but has been altered and restored many times since then. The west wall shown here was built in 1653. The north and south aisles are from C13 although re-built in 1889 when the south porch was also built.List of Walks
St MaryMuckingSt John the BaptistSS17 0RNTQ685812Stanford-le-HopeList of Walks
Mundon St Mary'sMundonSt MaryCM9 6PATL880027MaldonThis redundant church was undergoing restoration under the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches when we visited.(St Peter's Way)
St MichaelMylandSt MichaelCO4 5DYTL99012755ColchesterList of Walks
NavestockNavestockSt Thomas
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RM4 1EXTQ540984BrentwoodThe church of St Thomas the Apostle consists of nave, chancel, south aisle, and western belfry with spire.The church dates from the 11th or 12th century but was largely rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries. In 1940 the church was badly damaged by a German parachute mine. Grade I listed.List of Walks
All SaintsNazeingAll SaintsEN9 2DBTL414070HarlowEpping Green
Nevendon - St PetersNevendonSt PeterSS13 1BZTQ734908BasildonStone church, heavily restored, but 15th century tie-beams, and 14th century door arches remain.List of Walks
Newport - St Mary the VirginNewportSt Mary the VirginCB11 3RATL521341Saffron WaldenBuilt on the site of a former Saxon church, the present church was built in the early 13th century, with chancel, nave and transepts giving it a cruciform shape. The tower was completelt rebuilt in 1859, during a general refurbishment, as the former 15th century tower had been struck by lightning and was dangerously cracked.Saffron Trail
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Noak Hill Noak HillSt ThomasRM4 1LDTQ541940RomfordSt Thomas Church at Noak Hill was built in 1841 as a Chapel of Ease at the behest of Lady Frances Neave of Dagnam Park, as a closer place of worship for herself and household. Her husband was Sir Thomas Neave, Governor of the Bank of England, whose family had owned land in the area since 1788.List of Walks
North Benfleet - All SaintsNorth BenfleetAll SaintsSS12 9JRTQ761900BasildonAll Saints stands near the site of an old moated hall, long since demolished. Parts of it are Norman, while others are Tudor. The brick tower, built 1903, encloses the heavy 15th century timbered belfry, and is in need of major repair, but the church was declared redundant in 1996.
Photosphere of All Saints
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Black ChapelNorth End
(Great Waltham)
Black ChapelCM6 3PHTL663179Great DunmowTimber framed late medieval wayside chapel near Ford End, Essex, with attached priest's house. This building has been a local landmark since at least 1347. Grade I listed.List of Walks
North FambridgeNorth FambridgeHoly TrinityCM3 6LUTQ850971South Woodham
A mid-18th century church with arched windows and a bell turret. A half-timbered entrance lobby/vestry was added to the west end in 1912 by Chancellor.Fambridge to Burnham
St Mary MagdaleneNorth OckendonSt Mary MagdaleneRM14 3QHTQ587849UpminsterThe nave and chancel are late C12, although the south doorway is a Norman survival from an earlier building. The north aisle was added in C13 and the north chapel added c. 1300. The tower is C15. CanopyInside, the marble effigies on the 1607 tomb of Sir Gabriel and Audrey Poyntz lie facing upwards towards the heavens, a painted canopy of Yahweh, Sun, Moon and stars.List of Walks
North WealdNorth Weald BassettSt AndrewCM16 6ALTL495052EppingThe oldest parts of St Andrews Church, the nave, aisle and lady chapel, date from around 1330. The churchyard contains a small military graveyard for members of the RAF and the Essex Regiment.The Church has close links with North Weald airfield, a base for Hawker Hurricanes, which was one of the most active airfields during the Battle of Britain.List of Walks
All SaintsNorton MandevilleAll SaintsCM5 9NUTL580046OngarOriginally 12th C., the church was rebuilt in the 14th century. The church has no electric lighting and instead is lit by 8 brass paraffin lamps, which are themselves over 100 years old. List of Walks
St Giles All SaintsOrsettSt Giles & All SaintsRM16 3ERTQ644820GraysThis Grade I listed building has a Norman nave and two chancels. The first was added in about 1150, the second in 1500. The 15th century tower was rebuilt during the 17th century. The south doorway is Norman, with well-preserved carving.List of Walks
Ovington - St Mary the VirginOvingtonSt MaryCO10 8LDTL763426HaverhillThis small 14th century church sits next to Ovington Hall. The chancel and nave, built from flint rubble, share the same roof. List of Walks
St MaryPagleshamSt PeterSS4 2DNTQ926931RochfordPaglesham
Panfield - St MaryPanfieldSt Mary & St ChristopherCM7 5AJTL739253BraintreeA 15th century flint church with nave, chancel and belfry with shingled spire. Bocking
St MaryParkestonSt PaulCO12 4QDTM236323HarwichList of Walks
Pattiswick St MarysPattiswickSt Mary the VirginCM77 8BQTL817240BraintreePrivate residenceList of Walks
Pebmarsh - St John the BaptistPebmarshSt John the BaptistCO9 2NHTL854335Halstead14th century tower, chancel, nave and aisles, with red Tudor brick battlements added around 1500.List of Walks
Peldon - St MaryPeldonSt Mary the VirginCO5 7PTTL989168West MerseaThis Grade I listed church is on top of a hill at the centre of the village. The C15 Kentish ragstone tower contrasts with the C16 brick clerestory and buttresses. The short chancel was added in 1859.
For a photosphere, see St Mary's, Peldon
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Pentlow (2)PentlowSt Gregory & St GeorgeCO10 7SPTL813462SudburyThis church is a Grade 1 listed building. In Norman times it was customary for a rounded apse to have three windows. The north chapel, although originally C14, was rebuilt in Tudor bricks and has stepped brick gables.Clare
Pitsea - St MichaelPitseaSt MichaelSS13 2ANTQ738878BasildonThe tower of St Michael's church, dated c1500, is all that remains on a high hill above Pitsea Creek. A concrete outline marks out the church's demolished nave, built 1871.
Photosphere of Pitsea Mount
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PlesheyHoly TrinityPlesheyHoly TrinityCM3 1HBTL663143Great DunmowThe original build dates back to 1348, but the church was almost wholly rebuilt in 1868 preserving only the medieval crossing arches.Essex Way
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Prittlewell - St MaryPrittlewellSt Mary the VirginSS2 6LQTQ877868SouthendThe church has 7th century Saxon beginnings as evidenced by a doorway in the Norman wall of the chancel. The embattled tower in Kentish ragstone was added around 1470, in the Perpendicular style.List of Walks
Purleigh All SaintsPurleighAll SaintsCM3 6QHTL841020Maldon14th century, with a striking tower built in 4 stages with contrasting flint, ragstone, yellow brick and flushwork.List of Walks
Quendon ChurchQuendonQuendon ChurchCB11 3XJTL515307StanstedThe church is not dedicated to any particular saint. The nave and north and south arcades date back to the 13th century; the chancel to the 1500s. The gleaming weatherboarded belfry is from the 1960s. The church was brutally restored in 1861. Quendon
Radwinter - St MaryRadwinterSt Mary the VirginCB10 2SWTL606373Saffron WaldenExtensively rebuilt in 1870, with upper oversailing storey added to medieval porch.List of Walks
Rainham - St Helen & St GilesRainhamSt Helen & St GilesRM13 9YNTQ521822HornchurchA late Norman church (c.1170) which is relatively unchanged from the original, not least because of the sensitive restoration work carried out between 1897 and 1910 by Ernest Geldart.List of Walks
Ramsden BellhouseRamsden BellhouseSt MaryCM11 1RTTQ719943WickfordEarly 15th century timber framed and weather-boarded tower with splay-footed broach spire. The 4 post bell tower is carried on a heavy framed rectangular base. The nave and chancel were remodelled in the 19th century, retaining the 15th/16th century roofs.Downham
Ramsden Crays - St MaryRamsden CraysSt MaryCM11 2UNTQ708934WickfordRedundant 1993. Except for the 15th century bell tower and spire, the church was completely rebuilt in 1871 but some of the 15th century windows were used from the original church.List of Walks
St MichaelRamseySt MichaelCO12 5EUTM218304Harwich Essex Way
St NicholasRawrethSt NicholasSS11 8SHTQ781934WickfordSaffron Trail
Holy TrinityRayleighHoly TrinitySS6 8BBTQ808909SouthendList of Walks
All SaintsRayneAll SaintsCM77 6BTTL733229BraintreeList of Walks
All SaintsRettendonAll SaintsCM3 8DPTQ770960South Woodham
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Rickling - All SaintsRicklingAll SaintsCB11 3YLTL498315Stansted13th century nave with 14th century tower. The south aisle was added in the 14th century and the stone columns and arches onto the nave are visibly not upright! Clavering
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Ridgewell - St LawrenceRidgewellSt LaurenceCO9 4SATL740409HaverhillEarly 15th century with embattled tower has angle buttresses and a stair turret. The clerestoried nave, with late 15th century windows, has a north aisleList of Walks
St MaryRivenhallSt Mary & All SaintsCM8 3PQTL828178WithamList of Walks
St MaryRochfordSt AndrewSS4 1NLTQ872903RochfordList of Walks
St EdwardRomfordSt Edward the ConfessorRM1 3ABTQ512890RomfordMarket place church built in 1850 with 162ft spireList of Walks
St EdwardRomfordSt Edward the ConfessorRM1 4ATTQ513892RomfordA Puginian Gothic church of 1856 by Daniel Cubitt Nichols. List of Walks
St AndrewRomfordSt AndrewRM7 9ATTQ509884RomfordNeo-gothic church, built 1862.List of Walks
Trinity MethodistRomfordTrinity MethodistRM1 1JHTQ510889Romford1888List of Walks
St Michael and All AngelsRoxwellSt Michael & All AngelsCM1 4PATL645085ChelmsfordFourteenth century in origin and, as so often with old Essex churches, the church was heavily restored or rebuilt in Victorian times.Roxwell
Roydon - St PeterRoydonSt PeterCM19 5EETL408103HarlowA church has stood on this site in the heart of Roydon for over a thousand years. St Peter's is built of flint, with the earliest parts of the church dating back to around 1330. The tower is late 14th century with angled buttresses and battlements. Unfortunately, most of the south side of the church is obscured by a cemented hall added in 1971 in a stunning act of philistinism.
See a 360º panorama of the church interior here: St Peter's, Roydon (Google photosphere)
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St MaryRunwellSt MarySS11 7HSTQ754944WickfordList of Walks
St MarysSaffron WaldenSt Mary the VirginCB10 1BPTL537386Saffron WaldenThe Parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin is the largest in Essex, with an overall length of 183 feet, whilst the height of the tower and spire is 193 feet.Saffron Trail
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St MarySalcottSt Mary the VirginCM9 8HWTL952136TiptreeTollesbury Wick
Sandon - St AndrewSandonSt AndrewCM2 7SQTL743048ChelmsfordThe nave and chancel are C12/13, The north aisle was added in C14, then the chancel was extended eastwards in C15. The tower and south porch are C16.
To see an Essex Walks 3D panorama click: Virtual tour of St Andrews
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Shalford - St AndrewsShalfordSt AndrewCM7 5HHTL724292BraintreeBuilt in the early 14th century, the church was extensively restored during the C19, however there are many original features to be seen. Much of the glass in the east window is C14. The nave, chancel and the north and south aisles all date from the first half of the 14th century and the west tower is even older: some features at the base suggest it dates from C12.Shalford
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Sheering - St MarySheeringSt Mary the VirginCM22 7NRTL508136HarlowNorman origins with C13 tower and C14 nave and chancel rebuild. The words on the clock face say "Today is Yours".Matching
Shelley - St PeterShelleySt PeterCM5 0HHTL554051OngarA Victorian interpretation of the Early English style, built on the site of earlier medieval versions of St Peter. Essex Way
St Peter and St PaulShellow BowellsSt Peter & St PaulCM5 0SUTL607079ChelmsfordNow a private residence. Rebuilt in 1754 but retaining an uninscribed bell from early C17.Essex Way
Shenfield - St MaryShenfieldSt Mary the VirginCM15 9ALTQ606951Brentwood13th century origins with 15th century tower and slender spire, and timber arcade to the north aisle.List of Walks
St AndrewShoeburynessSt AndrewSS3 9EUTQ929846SouthendList of Walks
St GeorgeShoeburynessSt George SS3 9DHTQ931849SouthendList of Walks
St PShoeburynessGarrison Church
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SS3 9WDTQ935848SouthendBuilt in 1866 to serve soldiers and their families, this Grade II Listed building was acquired by Southend Education Trust in 2011List of Walks
St MaryShoeburynessSt Mary the VirginSS3 8ULTQ929861Southend13th century, the third church built on this site, using ragstone rubble from Kent on a reed bed. The weatherboarded tower has a pyramidic roof and broach spire constructed in the late 14th century.List of Walks
St MaryShoeburynessSt PeterSS3 9ANTQ938850SouthendOriginally built as a school and chapel of ease in 1862, but was superceded by a new school in 1886. After a role as Church Hall from 1911, it was dedicated as the 'new' St Peter's in 1920. The original St Peter's was a 'temporary iron church' erected in 1899 in Dane Street. This structure was then wheeled on rollers up the High Street into position as the replacement Church Hall, with the addition of a brick facade.List of Walks
Shrub End - All SaintsShrub EndAll SaintsCO3 4RLTL970232ColchesterBuilt in 1845 in Decorated style by architect George Russell French to serve the growing population of Lexden and Stanway, Colchester, to coincide with the creation of the new Stanway parish. The parish was renamed Shrub End in 1960. In red brick, with Caen stone dressing and splay-foot slated spire.List of Walks
St PeterSible HedinghamSt PeterCO9 3NTTL776344HalsteadList of Walks
South Benfleet - St MarySouth BenfleetSt MarySS7 1NATQ778861SouthendSt Mary the Virgin, South Benfleet has a long history as it was first founded in 894, following the Saxon victory at the Battle of Benfleet. It is a beautiful grade one listed building.List of Walks
All SaintsSouth FambridgeAll SaintsSS4 3LSTQ862950RochfordList of Walks
South Hanningfield - St PeterSouth HanningfieldSt PeterCM3 8HPTQ744981WickfordDownham
South Ockendon - St NicholasSouth OckendonSt NicholasRM15 6SHTQ595829GraysA Grade I listed church of Norman origins with a round tower - one of only 6 in the county. List of Walks
South Weald - St PeterSouth WealdSt PeterCM14 5QJTQ571939BrentwoodOriginally medieval with the tower added in c.1500, St Peter's was effectively rebuilt in 1867-9 by Teulon. List of Walks
SouthchurchSouthchurchHoly TrinitySS2 4XATQ902861SouthendList of Walks
Southend-on-Sea - Park Road MethodistSouthend-on-SeaPark Road MethodistSS0 7PWTQ876855SouthendThe former Wesleyan Chapel (Park Road Methodist Church) built in 1872 in Kentish ragstone was Southend’s first Methodist Church and considered at the time to be one of the town's 'greatest architectural ornaments'. It is a Grade II Listed Building. List of Walks
Southend - St MarkSouthend-on-SeaSt MarkSS1 1QATQ902861SouthendBuilt by Edward Wright in 1885 as a Baptist tabernacle.The orientation was reversed in 1901 when taken over by the Church of England - the porch becoming the sanctuary.List of Walks
Southend - St John the BaptistSouthend-on-SeaSt John the BaptistSS1 2ALTQ885852SouthendSt Johns was the first Parish Church of the town of Southend-on-Sea, built in 1842 by T.Hopper. The original neo-Norman simplicity of his design has since been messed up by gradual additions of aisles, chancel, chapels, vestries, transepts etc.Saffron Trail
Southend - Clifftown CongregationalSouthend-on-SeaClifftown CongregationalSS1 1EFTQ881854SouthendBuilt in 1865, in Kentish ragstone, from the design of W A Dixon, with distinctive spire and asymmetrical composition. The dwindling congregation in the late 20th century resulted in its closure, until being converted to theatre studios by Essex University in 2007.List of Walks
Southend - All SaintsSouthend-on-SeaAll SaintsSS2 5PATQ886859SouthendAll Saints is a long towerless late Victorian red brick building, with a rose window at the west end. Originally, it was designed to have a massive brick tower with tiled steeple on the south-west corner. However, as frequently happened for new churches, this non-essential element was not carried out.List of Walks
Southminster - St Leonard - TowerSouthminsterSt LeonardCM0 7EWTQ958997Burnham-on-CrouchNorman tower, with many alterations to the main building, including huge cement-rendered chancel and sanctuary in the early 19th century. A mess.List of Walks
All SaintsSpringfieldAll SaintsCM1 7HSTL719080ChelmsfordList of Walks
Holy TrinitySpringfieldHoly TrinityCM2 6HSTL716070Chelmsford Built 1843 List of Walks
St LawrenceSt LawrenceSt LawrenceSt LawrenceCM0 7LNTL967043TillinghamBuilt in 1877, the Church is sometimes called St Lawrence Newlands because the original church built here was built on land newly taken from forest which covered the district.List of Walks
St Osyth - PriorySt OsythSt Osyth PrioryCO16 8NXTM122157Clacton-on-SeaOne of the great Augustinian Abbeys of Europe until it was dissolved in 1539. St Osyth's Priory was established in 1120 by Richard de Belmeis, Bishop of London, for Augustinian canons. A few fragments of the original Norman building remain, together with several c13 additions. The Gatehouse was built in the late C15. It is now privately owned. List of Walks
St Osyth - SS Peter - PaulSt OsythSt Peter & St PaulCO16 8NXTM123156Clacton-on-Sea13th century chancel with Tudor nave and aisles in red-brick, with massive 14th century heavily buttressed tower. Inside there is a unigue 'sheepfold' communion rail in stone.List of Walks
Stambourne - St Peter & St ThomasStambourneSt Peter & St ThomasCO9 4NRTL721388HaverhillThe thick walls of the Norman tower are made from flint, incorporating Roman brick around the round-headed windows. The body of the church - the nave, north aisle and chancel and chapel were rebuilt in the 15th century thanks to the patronage of the Mackwilliam family.List of Walks
St MaryStambridgeSt Mary & All SaintsSS4 2APTQ894907RochfordPaglesham
Stanford Rivers - St Margaret of AntiochStanford RiversSt MargaretCM5 9QSTL534009OngarBuilt around 1150, with 5 Norman lancet windows remaining. The 15th century weather-boarded belfry is topped with a leaded broach spireList of Walks
Stanford-le-Hope - St Margaret of AntiochStanford-le-HopeSt MargaretSS17 0BYTQ684823Stanford-le-HopeAlthough this church was originally Norman it has been remodelled many times. The north nave is 13th century and the south, 14th century. The tower and the west front are both Victorian.List of Walks
Stansted Mountfitchet - St MaryStansted MountfitchetSt MaryCM24 8UBTL521242StanstedSt Mary's Church was built c.1120 and the tower added in 1692. C12 carved chancel arch. Redundant 1990. Now cared for by Churches Conservation TrustList of Walks
Stansted Mountfitchet - St JohnStansted MountfitchetSt JohnCM24 8JPTL513250StanstedBuilt in 1887-9 the church is made from local (Birchanger) brick to a conventional layout, with a nave and south aisle with short transepts. The most distinctive feature of the church is the extraordinary tower built in 1894-5 and festooned with gargoyles, pinnacles and stepped battlements.List of Walks
St MaryStanwayAll SaintsCO3 0SLTL953221Colchester13th C. ruinsLayer de la Haye
St AlbrightStanwaySt AlbrightCO3 8PBTL940243Colchester of Walks
Stapleford Abbotts - St MaryStapleford AbbottsSt Mary the VirginRM4 1ESTQ501961RomfordThere has been a church on this site since Norman times, but the current building is mostly 19th century. The squat brick tower was rebuilt in 1815, and the main body of the church rebuilt in 1861. The red-brick north chapel, built for the Abdy family, survives from 1638. The vestry also contains a 14th century stained glass window of Edward the Confessor. Abridge
Stapleford Tawney - St MaryStapleford TawneySt Mary the VirginRM4 1DQTQ503990EppingThe chancel (east end) was built first, in about 1220, followed by the nave and then the side chapel. The timber tower and porch were added in about 1500, and in 1862 the vestry was built and the whole church thoroughly restored.List of Walks
Stebbing - St Mary the VirginStebbingSt Mary the VirginCM6 3SWTL664240Great DunmowThis Grade I listed building dates from around 1360 and is built in decorated style on the site of an earlier church. The church has a beautiful stone rood screen inside - one of only 3 in the world. Stebbing
Stebbing - Friends StebbingFriends Meeting HouseCM6 3SETL662242Great Dunmow In 1672 the laws against non-conformist religions were repealed, local Quakers bought a plot of land in Stebbing and built the Meeting House. Realising correctly that the atmosphere of religious tolerance was likely to be short-lived, they set the building back from the road behind a cottage. The meeting house was completed in 1674. Stebbing
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St LawrenceSteepleSt Lawrence & All SaintsCM0 7RJTL935030TillinghamThe original Parish Church of St Lawrence was destroyed by fire and the current Church was built in the centre of the village in 1884. An old doorway and one window were reused, and the octagonal font bowl dates from the 15th century.Steeple
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Steeple Bumpstead - St MarySteeple BumpsteadSt MaryCB9 7DGTL679411HaverhillThe tower and chancel of this Grade I listed church were built in C11. The nave and porch may date from late C14 or early C15. The eastern part of the tower, tops of the aisles, clerestory and top of the porch are of early C16 brick. List of Walks
Stifford - St MaryStiffordSt MaryRM16 5UETQ604803GraysSt Mary's has a squat 13th century tower, with an oak-shingled spire, and nave of the same period made from flint, and signs of earlier Norman origins, for example with the north doorway.List of Walks
All SaintsStistedAll SaintsCM77 8APTL799246BraintreeList of Walks
StockAll SaintsStockAll SaintsCM4 9BUTQ688987BillericaySince the 12th century, All Saints was a chapel dependent on nearby St Mary, Buttsbury. Buttsbury is now depopulated, and Stock has become the much larger settlement. Ingatestone
StockStockChrist ChurchCM4 9BNTQ689988BillericayEssex has always been a county full of independent minded people, and many 18th century non-conformist and dissenting churches and chapels exist in the county. Originally a Congregationalist church, it became a Free Church in 1972..List of Walks
Stondon MasseyStondon MasseySt Peter & St PaulCM15 0LDTL573016OngarThe nave and chancel date from about 1100, the bell turret and the porch were added in the 15th century. William Byrd (d.1623), the Elizabethan composer, is buried in the graveyard.List of Walks
Stow MariesStow MariesSt Mary & St MargaretCM3 6SLTQ834994South Woodham
Originally built in flint and rubble in the C15. In the C16, Tudor brick was used to partly rebuild the nave and add height: the chancel was elevated on a brick base higher than the nave. The altar panels are remarkable. This delightful church has many associations with the nearby Stow Maries Airfield. List of Walks
St MaryStrethallSt Mary the VirginCB11 4XJTL485398Saffron Walden Anglo-Saxon with a narrow chancel arch. Elmdon
Sturmer - St MarySturmerSt MaryCB9 7XDTL690439HaverhillSt Mary's is situated on a hill outside the village next to Sturmer Hall, overlooking farmland. The church has a Saxon nave and Norman chancel. The tower was added in C14 and the porch, in early C16. The double hammerbeam roof is believed to be by Thomas Loveday. St Mary's is Grade I listed.
For a 360º Google photosphere of the church see: Sturmer: St Marys Church
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All SaintsSuttonAll SaintsSS4 1LQTQ888892SouthendList of Walks
TakelyHoly TrinityTakeleyHoly TrinityCM22 6QDTL555217Great DunmowThis church is Grade I listed. Although there are some features from the 11th century, in the main it consists of a C13 chancel, C14 nave and south aisle, and C15 tower and south porch. List of Walks
Tendring - St Edmund King & MartyrTendringSt Edmund King & MartyrCO16 0BLTM143242Frinton-on-SeaThe church has a rag-stone tower built in 1876 and a Victorian south aisle, but the rest is basically 13th century. It has an interesting inside: St Edmund King & Martyr - RoofList of Walks
Terling - All SaintsTerlingAll SaintsCM3 2PQTL773148WithamThe church is placed alongside the village green. The chancel is 13th century , the nave somewhat later and the tower was added in 1732 and appears to have an external Angelus bell. Grade II* listed.
See Google photosphere of All Saints
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St JohnThaxtedSt John the BaptistCM6 2PETL610310Great DunmowList of Walks
Theydon Bois - St MaryTheydon BoisSt MaryCM16 7DLTQ448993EppingBuilt in 1850 by Sydney Smirke with a copper-clad tower.Abridge
Theydon Garnon - All SaintsTheydon GarnonAll SaintsCM16 7NXTQ472994EppingParts of the nave date from the 13th century, included the scissor-braces of the roof, with additions in the 15th century. The red brick north aisle was built in 1644, and inside the arches and octagonal columns of the five-bay arcade are made of oak. The Tudor tower was built c.1520. Grade I listed.Abridge
Theydon Mount - St MichaelTheydon MountSt MichaelCM16 7QQTQ493992EppingA previous medieval church on this site burned down in 1610. The nave, tower and porch of the replacement church were built in 1614. Grade I listed.List of Walks
St AugustineThorpe BaySt AugustineSS1 3JHTQ917851SouthendThe frst church here was built in 1913 in wood and iron. Plans for a grander replacement were shelved during the First World War, and eventully built in1935 to designs by W.H. Allardyce.List of Walks
Thorpe-le-Soken - St MichaelThorpe Le SokenSt MichaelCO16 0EDTM179223Frinton-on-SeaThe chancel and nave were rebuilt in 1876. The Tudor tower in red brick with blue diapering and diagonal buttresses dominates the scene.List of Walks
Thorrington - St MaryThorringtonSt Mary MagdalenCO7 8HATM099196Clacton-on-SeaUndergoing extensive repairs to tower and ceiling (2014). Knapped flint tower with battlements dated 1480.List of Walks
Thundersley - St PeterThundersleySt PeterSS7 3HGTQ783887SouthendPartly medieval hill-top church, heavily rebuilt in 1885, with C15 belfry.List of Walks
Tilbury - Our LadyTilburyOur Lady Star of the SeaRM18 7BTTQ639762TilburyRC Church for dockers, opened in 1907, designed in a version of Early English style in bright yellow brick with dressings and window surrounds of red brick. List of Walks
Tilbury juxta Clare - St MargaretTilbury-juxta-ClareSt MargaretCO9 4JSTL759403HaverhillThe imposing Tudor tower by de Vere (1519) is in red brick with blue diaper work, with stair turret and battlements. The nave and chancel are 15th century.Clare
Tillingham - St NicholasTillinghamSt NicholasCM0 7SUTL993038BradwellThe classic Essex village church next to cottages and village-green pub. The north doorway is Norman and the chancel is Early English (13th century) with stepped lancet windows. The tower is 14th century.Bradwell
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Tillingham - Peculiar PeopleTillinghamChapel of the Peculiar PeopleCM0 7SUTL993038BradwellThe chapel in Tillingham, completed in 1867, is one of the 43 chapels of the strict evangelical sect, the Peculiar People, that became extremely popular across rural Essex in the 19th century. Bradwell
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Tilty - St Mary TiltySt Mary the VirginCM6 2EGTL600265Great DunmowSt Mary's is a Grade I listed church whuch was originally the gatehouse chapel of a great Cistercian Abbey, which was destroyed soon after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. It has an enormous and striking east window of reticulated stone tracery and a high ceiling with the original 12th century beams.Saffron Trail
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Tiptree St LukeTiptreeSt LukeCO5 0SUTL896161TiptreeSt Luke's Church was built in 1855/6. It is a plain red brick building in the early English decorated style, surmounted by a small bell turret and spire. Internally, the church is beautifully light and airey, and huge - it seats up to 500 people.List of Walks
St LukeTiptreeCongregational ChurchCO5 0HPTL903161TiptreeEstablished around the time of the "Five Mile Act" of 1665, the church was re-built in 1864. Now United Reform ChurchList of Walks
Tollesbury St MaryTollesburySt MaryCM9 8QJTL956104MaldonThe base of the tower and nave date from the 11th century. The doorway is Tudor. Perhaps the two most unusual features inside the church are the Swearing Font, and the Seafarers Window.Tollesbury Wick
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Tolleshunt D'ArcyTolleshunt D'ArcySt NicholasCM9 8TSTL928117MaldonThis Grade I listed building is made of ragstone from Maidstone, Kent, rather than the more usual flint. The nave and tower are C14, the chancel, south porch and north chapel all C15.List of Walks
All SaintsTolleshunt KnightsAll SaintsCM9 8EZTL927139Tiptreenow Greek Orthodox.List of Walks
Tolleshunt MajorTolleshunt MajorSt NicholasCM9 8AWTL909111Maldon VICAR: Rev. Bayliss Most of the current building is C15 although there are some features from the 12th century. The tower and north chapel are C16. The church was restored in the 19th century. List of Walks
ToppesfieldToppesfieldSt Margaret of AntiochCO9 4DRTL740374Sible HedinghamNave and chancel are C14, the tower is dated 1699. The most striking part of this church is the west tower, built of Flemish-bonded brick in1699.List of Walks
Twinstead - St JohnTwinsteadSt John the EvangelistCO10 7NATL861367SudburyThe Gothic Revivalist architect Henry Woodyer created this striking 1859 design with red brick decorated with bands of contrasting black and yellow bricks.List of Walks
Ugley - St PeterUgleySt PeterCM22 6JBTL520288StanstedA large Tudor brick tower is attached to the west end of the nave which is dated 13th century. The rest of the church is flint from a rebuild in 1866.Quendon
UltingAll SaintsUltingAll SaintsCM9 6QUTL801088MaldonThe church in Ulting was originally built in 1150, and restored in the 1870s. It's such a quiet and tranquil spot these days, it seems hard to believe that this tiny church was once a significant site for pilgrimages.Ulting
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St LaurenceUpminsterSt LaurenceRM14 2BBTQ559865UpminsterThe lower part of the tower is Norman, but most of the church has been rebuilt in the 19th and 20th centuries.List of Walks
UpshireUpshireSt ThomasEN9 3SSTL416010Waltham AbbeyBuilt ( St Thomas' was founded in 1901 as the family church of the Buxton family.Upshire
Vange ChurchVangeAll SaintsSS16 4PXTQ715867BasildonAn early Norman church with small simple belfry containing a single bell made in 1761. The west wall and roof were restored in 1837, and further structural repairs and restoration work was undertaken in 2004 by the Churches Conservation Trust.List of Walks
St MaryVirleySt MaryCM9 8HHTL952136TiptreeRuinsList of Walks
Wakes Colne - All SaintsWakes ColneAll SaintsCO6 2BYTL894284Wakes Colne12th century church with Norman windows and door arches. Chancel rebuilt in the C14, with later Tudor windows, and the timber belfry constructed in the C15.Earls Colne
Waltham AbbeyWaltham AbbeyHoly CrossEN9 1XQTL381007Waltham AbbeyOriginally a Saxon church, it became an abbey in 1184, at which time the church building was huge: about 3 times the size of the present nave. Waltham Abbey in medieval times was a huge source of power, wealth and influence. Grade I listed.List of Walks
Walton on the NazeWalton-on-the-NazeAll SaintsCO14 8BUTM252217Walton on the NazeThe current church on an inland site was built from 1873 onwards, the tower completed in 1896 using Kentish ragstone. The old village and church of Walton is now under the sea.Clacton to Walton
Warley Christ ChurchWarleyChrist ChurchCM13 3AATQ591919BrentwoodChrist Church was built in 1853 as a district church, to serve the growing population at the north end of Great Warley parish. The original building consisted of nave and tower: the south aise was added in 1877 and the chancel, in 1891 on land given to the church by the East India Company.List of Walks
Warley - Holy Cross & All SaintsWarleyHoly Cross & All SaintsCM13 3AJTQ590919BrentwoodOpened 1881 to serve Roman Catholic soldiers at Warley Barracks. A German bomb blew its stained glass windows out in 1944 but were replaced the year later.List of Walks
Warley Garrison ChapelWarleyEssex RegimentCM13 3UJTQ592914BrentwoodThe Garrison Chapel of Anglian and Essex Regiments was built in 1857 on the site of the East India Company riding school. After the Indian Mutiny the troops of the East India Company were absorbed into the British Army. In 1881 Warley became the home of the Essex Regiment.List of Walks
St RaphaelWarleySt RaphaelCM14 5GATQ588925BrentwoodFormer Chapel to Essex County Lunatic Asylum. Converted to St Raphael's Place - St Raphael was patron saint of the mentally ill.List of Walks
Weeley - St AndrewWeeleySt AndrewCO16 9ATTM154215Clacton-on-SeaList of Walks
St DunstanWenden LoftsSt DunstanCB11 4UNTL464387Saffron WaldenRuin: originally Norman but completely reconstructed in 1845 in 15th century style. St Dunstan’s was partially demolished in 1958,the interior stripped, and later declared redundant and is now privately owned by the occupant of Wenden Hall. The Norman doorway is the only protected part of the church.Elmdon
Wendens Ambo - St MaryWendens AmboSt Mary the VirginCB11 4JZTL513364Saffron WaldenOriginally Norman, with a characteristic squat Norman tower. The south aisle was added in C12. In C15 the clerestory was added with three windows to each side. The chancel is c.1300 and there are remnants of medieval wall paintings depicting the life of Saint Margaret on the south chancel wall. The building is Grade I listed.Saffron Walden
Wennington - St Mary and St PeterWenningtonSt Mary & St PeterRM13 9DXTQ540810HornchurchWith Norman origins, the nave, chancel and south aisle were rebuilt in the 13th century. A 12th century Norman round-arched door way survived. The squat tower is probably C14.List of Walks
W BergholtWest BergholtSt MaryCO6 3DUTL953281ColchesterSt Mary's church has a Saxon nave, C14 chancel and south aisle, and C15 bell tower. The nave once had a Norman south doorway but that was destroyed when the south aisle was added. The church was declared redundant in 1975 and is now under the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.Essex Way
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W Bergholt - St MaryWest BergholtSt Mary the Virgin CO6 3JFTL961278ColchesterThis church was built in 1904 to replace old St Mary's, which was in a poor state of repair and located some distance from the modern village centre. Oddly, the church building was never completed and the back wall was still covered in corrugated iron cladding at the centenary in 2004.Essex Way
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West Hanningfield - St Mary & St EdwardWest HanningfieldSt Mary & St EdwardCM2 8XDTQ735998ChelmsfordThe church has a Norman nave, the remains of a C13 chancel, and C14 south arcade and south aisle. The current chancel is early C16. The timber porch was built in 1500 and has a crown post roof. The timber framed cruciform tower was built in C14. On St Peter's Way
West Mersea - St PeterWest MerseaSt Peter & St PaulCO5 8QETM009125West MerseaThe early Norman tower once dominated the settlement of 'Meresai', and is built on the site of a earlier Roman fort which was used as a defence against Saxon raiders. In the 14th century, further height was added to the tower in the section containing the belfry-louvres and battlements. Grade I Listed.Mersea
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West Thurrock - St ClementsWest ThurrockSt ClementRM20 4ALTQ593773GraysGrade I listed church preserved by Proctor & Gamble whose factory looms behind the church.List of Walks
West Tilbury St James (Private)West TilburySt JamesRM18 8UBTQ661777TilburyInitially built in late 11th century in local flint and imported Kentish rag. Redundant 1984, now a private residence but the graveyard is open to public.East Tilbury
Westcliff-on-Sea - Avenue BaptistWestcliff-on-SeaAvenue BaptistSS0 7JXTQ874856SouthendEarly twentieth century in red brick with the flint and stone checkerboard detailing to the parapet. Part of the Milton Conservation Area.List of Walks
Westcliff-on-Sea - St Alban the MartyrWestcliff-on-SeaSt AlbanSS0 7JZTQ873857SouthendOne of the more interesting turn-of-the-century churches around Southend. An early work of architect Sir Charles Nicholson 1898-1908 designed in flint and red brick, with a south east tower, and inside canopied figures under a decorated ceiling. Westcliff-on-Sea -Mission Room
The original church on the St Alban site, constructed 1892, was made of corrugated iron.
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Westcliff-on-Sea - Our Lady & St HelenWestcliff-on-SeaChurch of Our Lady & St HelenSS0 7JPTQ873856SouthendA Catholic church designed by architect Goodman and built at a cost £1,700, opened for services in October 1869. The south and north aisles were added at the turn of the century by Scoles.List of Walks
United Reform ChurchWestcliff-on-SeaCrowstone St George'sSS0 8LHTQ863859SouthendList of Walks
MethodistWestcliff-on-SeaTrinity MethodistSS0 7HLTQ869861SouthendList of Walks
Wethersfield - St Mary & St MagdaleneWethersfieldSt Mary MagdeleneCM7 4BYTL712313BraintreeSS Mary & Magdalene is placed high up near the village green, and contains some earlier Saxon build. Its massive unbuttressed 13th century tower would have provided a use for defence as well as worship.List of Walks
White Colne - St AndrewWhite ColneSt AndrewCO6 2QBTL880299Wakes ColneThe nave has Norman origins, the chancel and tower, 14th century. The whole was rebuilt in 1869/72 by C J Moxon, who added a north porch and heightened the tower adding battlements and a shingled spire.Earls Colne
White Notley - St EtheldredaWhite NotleySt EtheldredaCM8 1RYTL785182BraintreeThe chancel arch is Norman, dressed with Roman bricks. The chancel itself was altered in C13 when the south aisle was added; the north aisle was added a few years later. The timber tower and roof are C15.Essex Way
White RodingSt MartinWhite RodingSt MartinCM6 1RJTL562134OngarThe nave was built in the 11th or early in the 12th century, and the chancel re-built probably in the 14th century. The Rodings
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Wicken Bonhunt - St Helen's ChapelWicken BonhuntSt Helens ChapelCB11 3UETL511335Saffron WaldenThe thatched Norman chapel of St Helen, reputed to be the second oldest building in Essex.List of Walks
Wicken Bonhunt - St MargaretWicken BonhuntSt MargaretCB11 3UGTL499334Saffron WaldenA church has stood in the small village of Wicken Bonhunt since the 12th century. The oldest part is the 13th century chancel with lancet windows. In 1857 the nave, tower and porch were rebuilt by John Sperling, the rich parson, to his own "Decorated" Gothic designs.Clavering
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St MaryWickfordSt CatherineSS11 8DZTQ755935WickfordList of Walks
Wickham Bishops St BartholomewWickham BishopsSt BartholomewCM8 3LATL837121WithamThe church was built in 1850 and is a fine example of Victorian gothic architecture. The spire is 120 feet high. It was built to replace the redundant St Peter's, to the west of the village centre.List of Walks
Wickham Bishops St Peter (1)Wickham BishopsSt PeterCM8 3JQTL825112WithamA new church, St Bartholomew's, was built in Wickham Bishops in 1850 and St Peter's became a chapel of ease. The font, holy water stoup and parish chest were taken to the new church. St Peter's church was declared redundant in 1970, now looked after by The Friends of Friendless Churches List of Walks
All SaintsWickham St PaulAll SaintsCO9 2PHTL827371SudburyHedingham
WiddingtonWiddingtonSt MaryCB11 3SFTL540318StanstedThe walls are of flint and pebble rubble with dressings of limestone; the roofs are covered with tiles and slate. The only remaining part of the original 12th century church is a window in the north wall of the Chancel. List of Walks
Widford - St MaryWidfordSt MaryCM1 2TSTL693064ChelmsfordBuilt with Kentish rag-stone in 1862 by the owner of the Hylands Estate to replace a centuries old church. The 145 foot freestone spire marks the gateway to Chelmsford from the west.List of Walks
Willingale DoeWillingale DoeSt ChristopherCM5 0SJTL596074OngarSt. Christophers Church shares Willingale churchyard with St Andrews Church.The churches are now united into one parish, but until 1929 there were two separate parishes in the village, each with its own rector. The Chancel and Nave were built c. 1360–70, probably on the site of an earlier church. Essex Way
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Willingale SpainWillingale SpainSt AndrewCM5 0SJTL596073OngarThe 12th century church, dedicated to St Andrew and All Saints, consists of a nave and chancel, with a small spire. The parish of Willingale Spain derives the adjunct to its name from the family of Hervey de Spain, to whom it belonged at the time of the Domesday survey. It is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.Essex Way
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All SaintsWimbishAll SaintsCB10 2XGTL590369Saffron WaldenList of Walks
Witham Holy Family RC ChurchWithamHoly Family RCCM8 2DTTL824150WithamThis Early English Gothic Ragstone church, designed by Daniel Cubitt Nichols, was opened by Cardinal Wiseman in 1851. Redundant 1988, now Churchfields Care HomeList of Walks
All SaintsWithamHoly Family
& All Saints
CM8 1BNTL819146WithamThe former Anglican church of All Saints in Guithavon Street; a church capable of holding up to 700 people, bought by the Roman Catholic Church to take the place of the smaller Holy Family Church nearby.List of Walks
Witham - St NicolasWithamSt NicholasCM8 2JSTL817154WithamThe church of St Nicolas was built in the 1330's and apart from two additions on either side, has remained unchanged since then. The south chapel, dedicated to St Mary, was built in mid C15 and the north chapel, dedicated to St John the Baptist, was built a few years later. List of Walks
St MaryWivenhoeSt Mary the VirginCO7 9BJTM039215Wivenhoe15th century tower with diagonal buttresses. A major rebuild in late 19th century after a fire and further restoration was required after the tower, and a pillar in the north isle were damaged by the most destructive earthquake in recent British history: the 1884 Colchester Earthquake.Wivenhoe
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St MaryWixSt Mary the VirginCO11 2SHTM163290ManningtreeList of Walks
All SaintsWoodford GreenAll SaintsIG8 0NHTQ404926LoughtonA stone building designed by F. E. C. Streatfeild in the Early English style, built in 1874, has a chancel, nave, south aisle, north transept, and a north-east tower with a shingled broach-spire. In 1876 a north aisle was added and in 1885 a choir vestry. List of Walks
Woodham Ferrers - St MaryWoodham FerrersSt Mary the VirginCM3 8RFTQ798994South Woodham
St Mary's Church. The south aisle was re-built early in the 14th century. The porch was added in the 15th century. Late in the same century a west tower was added but this fell in 1703, was re-built in brick in 1715, but has since been removed, and now only the stumps of the side walls remain.List of Walks
Woodham Mortimer - St MargaretWoodham MortimerSt MargaretCM9 6SNTL823052MaldonThe church was rebuilt in the 19th century, except for the south wall of the nave which has one small Norman window and the rear-arch of a doorway. The church is adjacent to the old rectory, now Woodham Mortimer Hall, the former home of Royal Physician Peter Chamberlen 1601-1683.Woodham Walter
Woodham Walter - St MichaelWoodham WalterSt MichaelCM9 6RFTL809067MaldonThe church of St Michael the Archangel in Woodham Walter is the only Elizabethan church in Essex, and one of only 6 in England. Built in 1563, this church is believed to be the first consecrated after the Elizabethan Settlement of 1559, and as such has a claim to be the first purpose-built Church of England church.Woodham Walter
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WormingfordWormingfordSt AndrewCO6 3AZTL933322ColchesterThis 12th century church was remodelled in the 14th and 15th centuries and heavily restored in 1870. It is believed that a Saxon church previously existed on the site, with a bell tower which doubled as a look out post watching for Viking raiders coming up the Stour. Wormingford
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Wrabness Bell TowerWrabnessAll SaintsCO11 2TGTM174319ManningtreeAll Saints Church is largely 12 15th century in origin, extended in 1908 . There is a doorway in the north wall dating from the early 12th century. At one time the church had a stone tower housing 5 bells, but this collapsed. In the 17th century, two of the bells were re-located temporarily to a wooden cage in the churchyard, where they remain today. Essex Way
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Writtle - All SaintsWrittleAll SaintsCM1 3ENTL677061ChelmsfordThe 13th century church in Writtle is relatively large, with embattled nave and aisles, with a brick built chantry chapel added in in the mid-16th century. The squat tower is a rebuild from 1802.Centenary Circle

The network of footpath and bridleways that remain today evolved over time to serve the traditional way of village and town life in rural Essex. Regardless of land ownership, these tracks were the 'glue' that bound together a community that needed to walk between home, woodland, mill, market, farm and church.

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Quick note: the tabular database is searchable.

Maps: The Reserves or Churches can be viewed plotted on an Ordnance Survey or Google map by selecting the appropriate link above the tables. Icons on the map of Essex are purple where the church has been visited; blue ones are yet to be photographed.

Reserves and Parks

The green circular symbol denotes the owner of the park or area, eg Local Authority or Forestry Commission.
The Parking symbol is a rough guide only. For many woods, parking facilities are very poor, and often hard to locate. It's good idea to Google the place to get the latest information.
The OS Grid Reference links to the location of the reserve or park on the Essex Walks 'Map Search' page.

Reserve Icons reserve

Each icon on the map represents an Essex reserve, park or wood. Click on the icon to expand the map marker, which will show the name and description of the reserve.

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LA Local Authority   ECC County Council
RSPB RSPB   EWT Wildlife Trust
NT National Trust   CLC City of London
MoD Ministry of Defence   Private Private ownership

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The photo thumbnails of churches leads to a larger high quality photograph with comments on the Essex Walks ipernity photo album.
The OS Grid Reference links to the location of the church on the Essex Walks 'Map Search' page.