Stone Coffin Lid, St.Andrew's Church, Heybridge Street, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman
N 51° 44.440 E 000° 41.187
31U E 340267 N 5734728
An old stone coffin lid built into the exterior of an blocked priest's door.
Waymark Code: WMJBEN
Location: South East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/24/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Brentorboxer
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This Grade I listed parish church is almost pure C12th. There have been restorations and changes made in the C15th, as a result of flooding, c.1450, the tower collapsed but was restored later on, the tower was strengthened in the C18th, and the south porch was added in the C19th with further restoration.

The church is built of rubble flint and septaria with some pudding stone in the tower. There are limestone ashlar dressings, a timber porch and plain tile roofs. The tower is slightly wider than the unaisled two-bay nave and is unbuttressed except for a large C18th red brick diagonal buttress to the south-west.

The C15th changes included making a round-arched door for the priest in the south wall of the chancel. Later this doorway was blocked and a foliate coffin slab - the lid of the coffin - was built into the outside of the work. It can be clearly seen to the right of one of the square-headed, much restored C15th windows and before the chancel end buttress. The remains of the priest's door can be seen on the inside of the church.
Approximate Age of Artefact: prior to 1400.

Relevant Website: Not listed

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