St Leonard-at-the-Hythe Church, Colchester, Essex
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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.
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.
One mile east of the town centre, on Hythe Hill
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.
Useful local links:
- Visit Essex tourism website: www.visitessex.com
- Essex Society for Family History: www.esfh.org.uk
- History of Essex website: www.historyhouse.co.uk
- Essex Society for Archaeology & History: www.essex.ac.uk
- The Friends of St. Leonard-at-Hythe are an active group keeping the church alive, and are always looking for volunteers, donations and support. Please email to: email@example.com