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Gallery: Churches of Essex

by Peter Kessler, 18 September 2019

Castle Point Part 1: Churches of Thundersley

St Peter's Church, Thundersley, Essex

St Peter's Church, Thundersley, is on the southern side of Church Road, on top of a hill at the western edge of the village with Church Road on its western flank. A Norman church was erected here in 1120. Dedicated as the Church of St Michael, it burned down on Christmas Day 1215, although parts of the structure were saved (now known as the 'ancient part' of the church). A new chancel was built, dedicated to Saint Peter. It was opened on St Peter's Day, 23 June 1230.

St Peter's Church, Thundersley, Essex

Thundersley's boundaries are somewhat blurred. Its Tudor administration was divided between the Rochford and Barstable hundreds, making some locals uncertain just who was in charge. The building itself is of ragstone rubble with some flint, Roman brick, puddingstone, and limestone dressings with tiled roofs. Parts of the chancel may be the original church while the rest is from the rebuild. The bell turret was added in the 1400s; the extension was added in 1966.

All photos on this page kindly contributed by Graham Jones of the Chapel at Gun Hill, Pitsea.

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