St Andrew's is one of a pair of churches sharing the same churchyard in Willingale village. It was built to serve the parish of Willingale Spain, while the later church of St Christopher was built to serve Willingale Doe. St Andrew's is by far the older, dating to the Norman period, and it incorporates Roman bricks throughout.
There are Roman brick fragments in the nave walls and quoins, and in the window dressings. The church is composed of a nave with a 15th century chancel, with a clapboard bell turret and south porch. At the west end is a bell turret supported oin 15th century posts, and one of the bells may date to the 14th century.
The nave is 12th century, and there are 12th century windows and doors, though some windows were rebuilt in the 13th and 15th centuries. The north door has some very nice original 12th century ironwork.
The oldest feature of the interior is a 14th century font. Within the church are some interesting memorials, including a pair of memorial brasses dated 1614, to the memory of two infant children of the rector.
St Andrew's is no longer used for regular worship and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Willingale Spain, St Andrew's Church
Address: The Street, Willingale, Essex, England, CM5 0SJ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 4 miles north east of Chipping Ongar off the B184
Website: Willingale Spain, St Andrew's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: John Winfield, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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