Boxted, St Peter's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Roman bricks re-used in the construction
In the early years of the 11th century a Saxon lord named Edwin built a church at Boxted, on the southern slopes of the Dedham Vale. The site chosen by Edwin for his church is rumoured to have been occupied by the ruins of a Roman villa destroyed by Queen Boudicca in her rebellion against the Romans in 61AD. Certainly the Saxon church was built using Roman bricks, mixed with local rubble.
Early historical studies of Boxted church suggest that Edwin's church used septaria stones, of the sort used to build the town walls of Colchester a few miles to the south.
Interior features include a series of 17th century floor slabs to members of the Maidstone family, and to two servants of the Earl of Oxford. A painted and gilded royal coat of arms to George III are hung on the north wall of the nave. There is a 17th centuiry oak chest and several 12th century windows set high above the north arcade. The simple chancel arch is also 12th century. The nave roof is an intriguing crown-post design. On the wall is an attractive early 17th century memorial to Nathaniel Bacon.
I'd call St Peters an attractive church, not blessed with an enormous number of historic features, but a church with an ancient and interesting history nonetheless. Rather than making a special trip to see it I'd suggest seeing St Peters as part of a longer outing visiting several of the fascinating historic churches in Dedham Vale, like those at Little Horkesley, Wormingford, and Langham. To the best of my knowledge the church is normally open daylight hours.
Address: Church Street, Boxted, Essex, England, CO4 5SU
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Boxted is located on minor roads just north of the A12 Colchester ring road. Parking alongside the church.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Polstead, St Mary's Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church)
Dedham, St Mary's Church - 3.6 miles (Historic Church)
Wormingford, St Andrew's Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
West Bergholt, St Mary's Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
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Tel: 01206 282 920
Alternate Tel: 01206 282 828
Fax: 01206 282 924