About Our Church
A church dedicated to St Peter and St Paul has stood proudly in her present position, overlooking the Crouch valley, since at least 1220. It is very possible a church existed on the site in Saxon times as mention is made in The Domesday Book. Lovingly maintained, the church retains much of architectural and historical interest.
Ours is certainly an ancient building with a long history, but it is no mere monument to the past; it houses a living church community, one which both recalls and proclaims afresh the faith which defines and gives life to us. Ours in an ancient faith to which we seek to give new expression, a faith which offers welcome and support to all.
Although the church has stood here for over 800 years, there has been a church dedicated to St Peter (and later) and St Paul on the site for much longer, foundations having been found during restoration work in the 1930s. Mention is made in the Domesday Book of a priest so we can be fairly certain that a building of some sort existed prior to 1086. The church also has a number of indications of its Norman past, in particular the unusual octagonal Portland stone font dated to 1160. In 1220 major building works took place with the construction of a Lady Chapel and colonnade to the north and the chancel which forms the main body of the church today – this is the building we are celebrating in this year. Lesley Vingoe
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