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St Nicholas, Little Braxted

Little Braxted

 

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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To reach Little Braxted church I had a long haul, through Little Totham, North Great Totham, Little Braxted village and then almost to the A12 and the outskirts of Witham.

Open. A tiny church with an eastern apse on a mound at the corner of a narrow lane, with a mill beyond on the river. Enchanting enough in itself, but also an important place, because this was the home church of Ernest Geldart, one of the most important church artists of the last twenty years of the 19th Century.He was vicar here 1883-1900, so he had the opportunity to create a church which was entirely his, to his fashion and philosophy. He did this with no expenses barred, a fabulous confection of the pre-Raphaelite and proto-Art Nouveau. Every surface is painted, every wooden object is gilded, there are statues and stained glass and everything, an absolute treasure house.

Open every day, it makes a mockery of churches which are kept locked. It is awe-inspiring, if not perhaps quite to the modern taste, and went immediately into my Essex Top 20.

Simon Knott, April, 2013

               

 

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