Wormingford, St Andrew's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Partly built with Roman bricks, featuring medieval brasses
The door jambs and columns are heavy scratched with a variety of graffiti. Most of the graffiti are simple initials, but in the north aisle is a likeness of a deer antler. Even more interesting is the east window of the north aisle, where you can see a cockadrill, a sort of worm, or dragon, a reminder of Wormingford's version of the St George and The Dragon story.
Within the tower arch is a 15th century rood screen, moved here after the Reformation. Under the tower are memorial brasses set against the wall. These include the figure of a young man in a costume dated to about 1460. This man's identity is unclear, but it may be Thomas Bowden or Radus Rydale. Beside the yoiung man is another set of three brasses, a Tudor gentleman flanked by women, presumably his two wives.
The west tower of St Anrews is 12th century, built of limestone, but if you look at the quoins (the corner stones) you will see that they are built with reused Roman bricks. Large numbers of similar bricks in the area suggest that there was either a sizeable villa in the region, or that the Romans had a thriving brick industry at nearby Colchester (or both). The tower windows are also built with Roman bricks. The tower rises in three stages to a brick parapet and pinnacles - in this case the bricks are 17th century rather than Roman.
Summing up St Andrews
I'd call Wormingford's parish church interesting without being compelling. I very much enjoyed the medieval brasses, and the re-use of Roman bricks makes the church stand out as somethiing out of the ordinary.
Address: Church Road, Wormingford, Essex, England, CO6 3AZ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On Church Road, road 500 yards north of the village centre towards Church Hall Farm
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Visitor Information Centre
Tel: 01206 282 920
Alternate Tel: 01206 282 828
Fax: 01206 282 924