St Mary's Church, Chickney, Essex

Chickney, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BY
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Open daily from 10am to 4pm
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A remote unspoilt delight

This atmospheric and remote pre-Conquest church is set within a ring of trees, beside a lane leading to Chickney Hall. Approaching from the west one first sees the fourteenth-century tower, capped by an elegant pyramid-style shingled spire. Beyond are the Saxon nave and chancel, extended eastwards early in King Henry III's reign. The unspoilt interior is a delight, with its brick floors, fourteenth-century king-post roof, richly carved fifteenth-century font, Georgian pulpit, and squint giving a view to the altar with its medieval mensa slab.