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St Mary, Great Warley

Great Warley

 

Click on the 'play' symbol in the second image to see all my photographs of this church as a slide show, then click on any image in the slideshow to see it large in a new page.

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And so, I came to the end of the 2013 Essex Historic Churches Bike Ride, quaintly rebadged in this particular county as 'Ride and Stride'. It had rained pretty much all day, and a number of the churches I'd visited had not been participating. I resolved that next year I'd be back in Norfolk or Suffolk, and I was somewhat surprised to discover afterwards that five of the churches I had seen inside, on what I thought had been a thin day for good churches, were featured in the Simon Jenkins book England's Thousand Best Churches. The only one of them that would make my personal Essex Top 30 was the last one of the day, Great Warley.

Here we are in the suburbs of Brentwood. In 1902, the local millionaire and philanthropist Evelyn Heseltine paid for a spectacular rebuilding of the parish church in the Art Nouveau style. No expense was spared, and everything is of the highest quality. Internally, the walls and furnishings are marble, aluminium, copper and brass, the glass all good, although unfortunately the original Art Nouveau windows on the north side were blown out and destroyed in the Second World War. All the lights were on, hundreds of tungsten bulbs flaring, which made photography of the inside very difficult, although this must be a very dark church inside indeed if they are all off, especially on such a gloomy day. Everything is of a piece, and really rather wonderful.

Simon Knott, September 2013

               

 

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