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St Peter, Great Totham

Great Totham

 

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The villages of Wickham Bishops, Great Totham, Little Totham and Little Braxted all straggle in to each other in true Essex fashion, and it is hard to see where one village ends and the next begins. There are actually two Great Tothams, more than a mile apart, disambiguated on signs as North Great Totham and South Great Totham. I fantasised that the villages might spawn smaller siblings, so you could choose between Great North Great Totham and Little North Great Totham, but this hasn't happened yet.

In any case, all three churches are away from their villages in tiny lanes in the middle of nowhere, so first it was to St Peter.

Open. The sign says <i>You are welcome at any of our services, but in any case this church is always open in daylight hours</i>. An idyllic spot, a gingerbread church with fine Victorian transepts, a stream running through the churchyard and herbaceous borders around the church. The extensions were the work of the great Ernest Geldart. You step into a largely 19th Century interior, but one of great charm, an intelligent restoration. Despite the little tower, there is a ring of six bells and this is considered one of the best rings in Essex. It was lovely to think of such an idyllic spot ringing out with a peal of bells. I liked this church a lot, and it is probably going to make my Essex top 40, at least for now.

Simon Knott, April 2013

               

 

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