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All Saints, Purleigh

Purleigh

 

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From Mundon, I was planning to cycle back to Hatfield Peveril station rather than Chelmsford, and I pottered westwards to Purleigh. James Bettley in the revised Pevsner observes cheerily that <i>the church is well-sited on the top of what is, in these parts, a considerable hill</i>. It certainly is. I could see it like a castle from a mile or so off, and entering the pretty village the road began to climb steeply. I slogged on in low gear into what turned out to be a very pretty village, very atmospheric, and the first place I'd visited to day that I could imagine wanting to live.

In the middle of the village is the church. Open. A big church - the first big church since Great Baddow, the first big church to be open. Entirely East Anglian in style, but built in the Kent fashion from layered flint and greenstone. The interior full of light, only a few windows with coloured glass, all of good quality by AK Nicholson. An unfair comparison after Mundon, of course, but strangely lacking in atmosphere. The hill beyond was even steeper, and I was glad I had approached from the east and not the west. A couple of miles further on brought me to the Chelmsford to Maldon road, and as I crossed it the landscape changed completely - now it was the Essex I remembered from bike rides last year, rich and green, hedgerows, pretty villages and the like.

Simon Knott, April 2013

               

 

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