The Essex Churches Site

 

THE ESSEX CHURCHES SITE

home - index - latest - e-mail
links - small print - about this site
Norfolk churches - Suffolk churches
www.simonknott.co.uk

St Bartholomew, Wickham Bishops

Wickham Bishops St Bartholomew

 

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.

Alternatively, if you don't have flash enabled, you can go straight to the set for this church on flickr.

On a hilltop, a very grand and yet likeable church. The outer and inner doors were both wedged open. This is a restrained yet large High Victorian fantasia. It is built on the highest hill for miles around, with fine views (although views in Essex rarely feature anything of interest, I find). The interior still retains much of its High Victorian charm, and the tradition here is still Anglo-Catholic. A half dozen people were clearing up the churchyard, and were alarmingly friendly. They offered me hot drinks and a bacon sandwich, both of which I politely declined. They chatted about what I was doing, and where I was going. In the end I had to drag myself away from them.

This parish has one very odd claim to fame. During the Commonwealth, when the Church of England was suppressed and all manner of weird and wonderful biblical fundamentalist sects were let off the leash by their fascist champion Oliver Cromwell, the intruder minister at St Bartholomew's predecessor church was the puritan preacher Joseph Billio, whose sermons were delivered with such speed and gusto that they gave rise to the expression 'to go like Billio'. It must be said that he actually achieved his fame at the nearby Maldon Congregational chapel.

Simon Knott, April 2013

               

 

Amazon commission helps cover the running costs of this site

 

home - index - latest - e-mail
links - small print - about this site
Norfolk churches - Suffolk churches
www.simonknott.co.uk