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.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our church is, at our Bishop’s direction presently closed until further notice. However, you can find us on Facebook, where regular content will be shared. Please know too that we, the clergy and people of St Peter & St Paul, are holding you, our parish community, in our daily prayers. And if you need to speak with someone, please call either Father Ken Havey on 01702 203668 or the Revd. Stephanie Stroebel on 01702 200901.
If you have visited this site with a view to arranging a baptism, wedding or funeral, please check our dedicated pages from the menu, which will include up-to-date information on the Church of England’s Coronavirus guidelines. You are, of course, welcome to contact either Ken or Stephanie, to discuss your enquiry further.
Although we are celebrating 800 years, there has been a church dedicated to Ss Peter (and later) 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 one can be fairly certain that a building of some sort existed prior to 1086. The church also has a number of indicators to 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
Please click on the banner image below to explore the 360 degree tour of our Church. Thanks to John Goulding of www.businessphotosessex.com for this.