Epping Forest, Essex

High Beach Church, Epping Forest, Essex

There was an old church near here dedicated to St. Paul, but this church is gone and the new one was built in 1873 at the cost of Thomas Baring (of Barings Bank) who desired to have full control over the appearance of the church. The architect was Sir Arthur Blomfield of whom John Betjeman said “he could turn out an impressive church in almost any style”.

Although the church, dedicated to the Holy Innocents, was opened in 1873 it was not ordained until 1883. The older St Pauls Church was demolished in 1885 following vandalism by day trippers from London, leaving High Beach (or sometimes High Beech) as the only church within Epping Forest.

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