Monday, 23 January 2012

Greenstead Green

The following week, on a bitterly cold but bright day, I set off on another north of Colchester voyage taking in Greenstead Green, Fordham, Eight Ash Green, Great and Little Tey.

St James the Great is a Victorian built church with a plethora of external corbels - I really shouldn't like this but I do. It's well designed, beautifully executed and, to my mind, should be commended as a C19th mimic. Unlike at Holy Trinity in Halstead Gilbert Scott really hit the nail on the head here.

ST JAMES, Greenstead Green. 1845 by George Gilbert Scott. The upper stage of the W tower is octagonal and accompanied by four pinnacles. Spire on top. The church is in the Dec style.

St James the Great (3)

Corbel (37)

East window

Mee missed this church in my edition.

Simon K -

By now I had left the barley plain behind and was back in deliciously wooded and hilly country, and so I proceeded along narrow lanes to this long village on the outskirts of Halstead, with its tall village church.

Open. An excellent Victorian church by George Gilbert Scott, elaborated later in the century by Arthur Blomfield, quite a pedigree. The spire is one of the tallest in rural Essex, and can be seen for miles. It looks all of Scott's work. Originally within the parish of Halstead, it was bankrolled by two millionaire families, first of all the Gees who paid for its construction, and then the Courtaulds (which QV) who maintained it.

Fortunately, it is in the very friendly Halstead benefice and so is open and welcoming every day - even the porch gate was latched back open, which I thought was a nice touch. Magnificent externally, comfortably domestic internally. Locals obviously use it for making prayer requests and lighting candles, which I thought was lovely.


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