Newport Church, Essex

This is one of north Essex’s most eye-catching churches. A landmark for travellers on the M11 heading northwards, it has a tower reminiscent of Ely Cathedral.

 The exact founding for the church is uncertain. The current building dates from no earlier than the 1200s with construction continuing over the next three centuries until the 1500s when the tower was finished off.

 The Newport Chest is a famous 12th Century portable altar and one of the treasures of the church.

 Above the porch is a priest’s chamber built during the religious upheavals in England and one of only three in Essex. The tower was hit by lightning in the late 1850s and was almost entirely rebuilt.

 This is one of the most satisfying churches to visit in the county of Essex

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