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St Leonard and St Mary, Beaumont cum Moze

Beaumont-cum-Moze

 

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Open. In the grounds of Beaumont Hall. Moze lost its church after the Reformation, and so this church serves both villages in a joint parish. This church is open every day, said the notice. There are some fascinating art nouveau memorials in the churchyard to the east. The church was entirely rebuilt in an extraordinary manner towards the end of the 19th Century, though it looked later, very idiosyncratic with a riot of a bell turret with carved angels and the like.

The interior is a delicious, all-of-a-piece late Victorian extravaganza. The rebuilding was bankrolled by the Byng family. Lord Byng of Vimy was a Knight of the Garter, and his standard hangs inside the church. Some excellent early 20th century glass. I liked it a lot, and said so in the visitors book. This is in a benfice with Tendring and Little Bentley. I visited Little Bentley in 2011 and found it open, so this gave me hopes for Tendring. Buoyed up by an open church, I headed southwards to the largest place on the Tendring peninsula which is not on the coast, Thorpe-le-Soken.

Simon Knott, April 2013

               

 

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