Church Porch

The timber porch, with its twenty unglazed lights and original tie beam roof, is said to be the finest of its kind. It is also the longest in Essex. The porch was added to the church in Tudor times hence the doorway has a typical Tudor shape.

The wrought iron gates and window grills were installed at the end of the last century and paid for by the Friends of All Saints'. The design was with the help of English Heritage. The porch had become a meeting place for youths of the area.

The doorway to the church is the oldest remaining feature, dating from about 1220. It is Early English in style with the typical dogtooth decoration over the doorway. This feature is a development of the Norman zigzag pattern, produced by the stone-mason undercutting the pattern and creating hollow pyramids. The pattern was used only on those places where a little richness was wanted such as at the entrance.

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