St Mary's Church, Chickney, Essex
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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.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
Peaceful spot in the midst of modern development
Grassed path through churchyard. Two steps down at entrance.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
Four miles south-west of Thaxted and four miles north-east of Stansted Mountfitchet off the B1051. Follow historic church sign on B1051
Nearest railway station: Elsenham (2.6 miles)
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
- Essex churches website: www.essexchurches.info
- Friends of Essex Churches Trust: www.foect.org.uk