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St Mary, Hatfield Broad Oak

Hatfield Broad Oak

 

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I cycled on forestwards, and ahead of me on a hill suddenly appeared a dramatic church tower, the houses falling away below it, thickets of dark trees beyond. I climbed to a delightful village, its main street lined by grand 18th and 19th Century buildings, and a pub at each end. It reminded me of Dedham. Halfway between the pubs was the church. A magnificent building - despite it being in the Jenkins book I wasn't prepared for how splendid it is. It is just the former nave of a vast Benedictine church, bankrolled by the de Veres. The splendour of the interior is partly due to a multitude of 18th Century furnishings - there is a feel of a smaller, simpler Walpole St Peter - after which the most famous feature, the stone effigy of a de Vere as a crusading knight, comes as something of a disappointment. This is the kind of church you can't be alone in, and a couple of people I spoke to were very friendly. This was the first church of the day that I thought I really must come back to. And then I veered eastwards from the forest entering the emptiest and most remote area of Essex. No villages for miles, just hamlets, fields and the occasional farmstead.

Simon Knott, May 2014

               

 

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