St Michael's Church, Berechurch, Essex

Address: Off Berechurch Hall Road, Berechurch, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9NW
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Fine family monuments beneath a spectacular roof

This is an early 16th-century Tudor brick addition to the former church of St Michael, built as a burial chapel for the Audley family.

It is notable for its superbly carved and coloured hammerbeam roof and a fine series of monuments of various dates to the Audley and Walden families.

Particularly charming is the monument to the dashing figure of Sir Henry Audley (who died in 1648), reclining stiffly in his armour with his children kneeling beneath him.

The much rebuilt church now leads a commercial life but the chapel remains consecrated.

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Road directions

1 mile south of Colchester, between B1025 & B1026 opposite new housing development, access is off Berechurch Hall Road via a footpath along a driveway between the entrance to Berechurch Hall Camp and the roundabout where it meets Roman Way.

Public transport information

Nearest railway stations: Colchester Town (1.9 miles) or Hythe (2.4 miles)

OS Reference No.

TL 993 219

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  1. Ivan Beales (02 Jan 2014, 15:05)

    My Son was the last person to be married in this church His name Is Graham Beales and he married Lynda Wood on the 19th April 1975 the church closed after I could send a few photos I took at the wedding outside the church.

    I have also been told that there is an animal burial ground at the back of the church I intend to research into this

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St Michael's Church, Berechurch, Essex

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.