Mount Bures, St John's Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Reused Roman bricks in the walls
The chancel, nave, and central tower are 12th century, or possibly even late 11th century, with the addition of a 15th century south porch. The tower was rebuilt in the 19th century when transepts and a vestry were added. The Victorian restoration efforts were so sweeping that much of the Norman building was lost.
The man responsible was Thomas Harris, who completely removed the tower and replaced it with a larger one. During this work, a series of wall paintings were discovered on the south wall of the nave, at the east end.
Rectors for St John's are recorded from 1326. It seems that some interesting characters held the rectorship over the centuries; in 1552 it was recorded that the rector had a mistress. A few years later, in 1559, the rector was removed because he refused to abide by the new Anglican policies.
The combination of the medieval church and the neighbouring castle motte is unforgettable.
About Mount Bures, St John's Church
Address: Hall Road, Mount Bures, Essex, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Beside Mount Bures Castle Motte, on the road to Wakes Colne
Mount Bures, St John's Church Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Little Horkesley Church - 3.6 miles (Historic Church)
West Bergholt, St Mary's Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
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