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St Andrew, Marks Tey

Marks Tey

 

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Here we are in Colchester suburbia, where the hellish junction of the A120 coming in from Stansted Airport joins the busy A12 beside the railway line from London to Ipswich and Norwich. But St Andrew is out in the fields, remote enough from road and railway to be a peaceful spot. And welcoming too, for this church is open every day. On my most recent visit, a sign on the door invited Pokemon Go players to come in and recharge their phones and use the church's free wifi.

As so often in Essex, the tower is wooden, but unusually here it attempts to replicate the 14th Century tower destroyed during the siege of Colchester. Inside too, not much old survives, and the interior has been refloored and reseated by the evangelical congregation. However, the remarkable, even startling star of the show here is one of England's few surviving wooden medieval fonts, fully in a Perpendicular style.

While the millennium window, featuring parish scenes of past, present and future, will not be to everyone's taste, there are two wholly excellent 20th Century windows. On the south side of the nave is a memorial window to the stained glass artist Arthur Erridge by J Wippell & Co, 1968. It depicts St Luke painting the portrait of the Blessed Virgin and Christ child, and was probably to Erridge's design. At the east end is FC Eden's magnificent Christ in Majesty of 1925. You can spend an enjoyable few minutes trying to identify all the saints and prophets.

Under the tower are sofas and floor cushions for the local youth, and above them one of Essex's best war memorials, a brass plaque depicting both St Michael and an English Tommy.

Simon Knott, September 2016


               

 

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