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A little more about our church. Maybe some objects you haven’t noticed before…

The Church Clock

The West Mersea Parish Church Clock It was in the year 1883 that a turret clock was installed in the tower of St. Peter and St. Paul church, West Mersea. Records show that it was installed on 26th April, 1883,…

The Church Bells

In 1717 the firm of Thomas Gardiner of Sudbury cast and hung a peal of five bells in the church tower. The bells bore the inscription Thos Gardiner Sudbury Fecit (made) 1717. However in 1935 it was deemed that the…

Painting of St. Helena

St Helena is the Patron Saint of Colchester. She was the mother of Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome. She was said to have travelled in the Holy Land and discovered part of the true cross, hence the living branches included…

Memorial Rails

The Memorial Rails which are placed between the chancel and the nave commemorate the fallen of the First World War. They are made from former altar rails from Semer workhouse in Suffolk. The rails were refurbished in 2014  by church member…

Painting of St. Christopher

The painting of St. Christopher fills the blocked-up window in the south west corner of the church, by the children’s corner. No one seems to know exactly when this window was filled in, but it was possibly in the 19th…

Relief of Christ taken down from the Cross

Christ taken down from the Cross – Relief on south wall above door to south porch and vestry.

Relief of The Annunciation

It may be a surprise to learn that the depiction of The Annunciation, which adorns the South wall of the church has only been there since 1954. Previously it belonged to Dr Willett Cunningham. As a child, his daughter, Susan…

Banners

The Sunday School banner (L) and the Mothers’ Union banner (R) shown above can usually be found propped up against the south wall of the South Aisle.

Medieval style chair

This picture is of a rather attractive medieval style chair in the Lady Chapel. The carved head on the back of the chair is shown enlarged below: This type of chair, with its X form at the centre is named after…

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