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St Mary the Virgin

The combination of church and cottages here is rural England at its most appealing.

Wendens Ambo, Essex

Opening times

Church open daily.


Church Path
Wendens Ambo
CB11 4JZ

The church itself is beautiful, with flint walls and a collection of roofs at different angles, best seen from the southeast.

The tower, which has a little spire called a Herefordshire spike, is Norman, and has reused Roman bricks in the west doorway. The nave and chancel are later, the chancel was rebuilt around 1300.

Inside, there are remains of medieval wall paintings showing scenes from the life of St Margaret, a 16th century font cover and a medieval screen and benches. One has a renowned carving of a tiger on it.

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • 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

Contact information

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