St Leonard-at-the-Hythe Church, Colchester, Essex

Hythe Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2NP
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Opening times:
The church will be closed for conservation work on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September March to November - Tuesdays 12-2pm. April to June - Thursdays 4-6pm At other times, the key can be borrowed from Platinum Crown Properties, a short walk up the hill from the church at no. 134 Hythe Hill.
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Traces of the English Civil War

The medieval door of this old port church still bears the holes made by troops to put muskets through during the English Civil War. Over the nave is an elegant sixteenth-century hammerbeam roof and the north aisle roof is even older. The eighteenth and nineteenth-century screens and furnishings, the (1901) mural decoration over the chancel arch, and an array of saints in stained glass create a handsome and devotional interior.


  • Access information

    There are steps to the entrance.

    For 2017, the church is open on Tuesdays from 12 noon until 2.00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.

    Between April and June, it will also be open on Thursdays from 4.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m.

  • Facilities & Hire
    Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
  • Directions
    One mile east of the town centre, on Hythe Hill
  • Transport

    Nearest railway station: Hythe (0.4 miles). Frequent buses from Town Centre stop next to the church.

  • History & Further Information

    Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

    Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, and London County Guide 2012

    This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex & London. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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