Stansted Mountfitchet St Mary
St Mary, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

A mile or so out of town, A fine estate church, with a complex building history. Redundant since 1990, it is now in the care of the CCT, although the graveyard is still the parish burial ground. The red brick tower is a most unusual date, the 1690s, and the Victorians widened the church (nave and north aisle) but moved the grand Norman south and north doorways into new positions. The chancel is the width of the pre-19th Century church.

A church full of interest - the Norman chancel arch is a grander and more elaborate version of that at Elsenham a couple of miles off, and there are good early 17th Century memorials, including one to a widow in full late Elizabethan riding dress. A good range of late 19th Century glass from several workshops, and elaborate stiffleaf carving in the capitals. Must be Essex top 50.
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