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Photograph Taken On Thursday, April 5, 2018


St Mary, Stebbing, Essex A fair proportion of my favourite Essex churches are in the area north of the A120 between Dunmow and Haverhill. Some of them are well known - Thaxted of course, and there are the likes of Great and Little Sampford, Finchingfield, Little Bardfield and Wethersfield. I suppose that Lindsell and Stebbing are not so well known, but if I could take twenty Essex churches to a desert Island, then these two would be among them. Lindsell is a scattered parish without a real village centre. St Mary's church is hidden from the road, set back behind the stable block of the Hall. You would not know it was there if you did not think to look for it. A small church, and most curiously appointed, with a slim tower in the south-west corner. and the square Norman nave augmented by a tiny south aisle and a wide yet shallow chancel to the east. The Norman chancel arch and its counterpoint to the south are delights, and the chancel also contains an access window to a former anchorite cell on the north side. The east window contains medieval and continental glass. But this is the bare sum of it, and St Mary is greater than the sum of its parts, an enticing, enfolding atmosphere that has me cycling this way again and again. Not far off on the other side of the Dunmow to Haverhill road is the much larger village of Stebbing, a delightful mile or so of high street that leads you to a sharp bend just before leaving the village, and here is St Mary. Stebbing is one of my favourite villages in Essex, and such a setting for such a church! A huge, endearing, ramshackle giant of a church, like an eccentric maiden aunt. It always seems to be open, and is always cluttered up with what ever various village and youth groups were in the middle of doing, and I love it for that. It always feels lived in and loved. A new acquisition since my last visit is a pair of large leather sofas, either side of the wide chancel.View image on Flickr

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