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All Saints, East Horndon

East Horndon

 

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This is a bleak location on a heathland hill directly above a major junction on the A127 London to Southend dual carriageway. Redundant in 1965, it suffered what has been described as 'an unprecedented and violent serial attack of vandalism' in the late 1960s before being rescued by the CCT. No internal furnishings survive.

You come to it by an unsigned track from the dual carriage way, and then a half mile path across scrub land. If it hadn't been for the 'church open' sign on the back road I would not have approached it - it looks too forbidding, dangerous even. But it is a beautiful red brick exterior when you get to it, and the interior is haunting. Everything is preserved beautifully in the CCT manner, and during the half hour I was here there were several other visitors, all walkers who had made their way up from the country park below. This is the kind of church which will not make its way into anyones top hundred, but is utterly memorable. I was so glad I'd found it.

Simon Knott, September 2013

               

 

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