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image for Church item typeSt Christopher’s church & St Andrew's

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St Andrew's Church Willingale

St Andrew's Church Willingale

Contact

The Contact

01277 896340

Address

Brick House,
Willingale,
ESSEX,
CM5 0SJ

Details

The two historic churches of St. Christopher’s and St. Andrew’s in the rural village of
Willingale are unique in Essex, sharing a churchyard that straddles the Essex Way long
distance footpath. The churches, with stunning views over the Roding valley, and the
picturesque village of Willingale, with cricket green and numerous listed buildings, is the
ideal place for a quiet country day out or as a stopping point along the Essex Way. For
groups and U3A’s talks/guided tours can be arranged.
St. Andrew's is mainly Norman, with traces of reused Roman brick, and has a pretty
clapboard bell-turret and porch. The chancel is 15th century as are the belfry timbers, and
there is a 14th century octagonal font. Some interesting memorials include two sad
inscriptions dated 1614, in memory of children of the Rector. Formerly the parish church
of Willingale Spain, St. Andrew's is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
St. Christopher’s, formerly the parish church of Willingale Doe, is used for worship and
dates from the 14th century but there is evidence in legal papers that a wooden Saxon
church was previously on the site. In the middle of the 15th century the west tower and
south porch were added. The church was much restored in 1853 when the north aisle
was added and the tower and south porch largely rebuilt but retaining their original lines.
The bells of St. Christopher’s were restored in 2012 and the exterior masonry restored in
2014.
The churches contain many beautiful and very interesting stained glass windows, brasses
and memorials, etc.
Local interest exhibitions are held from time to time in St. Andrew's and there is
information on the USAAF 387 Bombardment Group which was stationed at Willingale
Airfield during WWII. St. Christopher’s welcome visiting bands of bell ringers.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for groupsFacilities for hearing impaired

The two churches are historic buildings with steps and some uneven floors, we have a portable access ramp. Tea/coffee for groups by prior arrangement. Toilet only open by prior arrangement. This entry is VisitEssex sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Opening details

The churches are normally open daytime, every day all year round but there are no staff on site. If travelling some distance call in advance.

Prices

Free but donations for the care of the churches are most welcome.

Location

Directions

Plan route to St Christopher’s church and St Andrew's using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 596073  Lat: 51.74201 Long: 0.31114

From Ongar on the A414 drive 2½ miles north on the B184 to Fyfield and turn right by the shop/Queens Head follow the road for 3¼ miles then turn left into The Street the churches are on the left after 300 yards Post code for satnav - CM5 0SJ.

By public transport bus No. 46 from Chelmsford railway station.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

The two churches are historic buildings with steps and some uneven floors, we have a portable access ramp. Tea/coffee for groups by prior arrangement. Toilet only open by prior arrangement. This entry is VisitEssex sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund.