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St Laurence

The tower of St Laurence is one of the best of its kind in the country, and is remarkable both inside and out.

Blackmore, Essex

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Church Street

From the outside it looks tremendous: a lower half timbered stage with three lean to roofs, then a smaller middle stage with vertical weather boarding, then another yet smaller stage, but this time with horizontal weather boarding, and finally a shingled broach spire.

Inside, there is a formidable array of timbers to support the tower, with a complex arrangement of posts, braces and struts. These have recently been ring dated to about 1400.

The tower masks the west end of the original Norman priory church that stood here. This has a doorway, an upper round window and two round headed windows.

Parts of the rest of the church are Norman, while the north arcade is early 14th century, and the south arcade is Tudor, with piers of red brick.

Nothing of the other priory buildings remains, the only visible clue to their existence being two blocked doorways in the church that may have led to the cloisters. The priory closed in 1527, with the church continuing as the parish church, minus its choir.

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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