Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Great Horkesley

Great Horkesley is a village in Essex, 4 miles from Colchester and close to the Suffolk border. It stands on a straight Roman road.

All Saints Church dates back in part to the 12th century, while the West tower is 13th century. There is a handsome 15th century South porch, and the pulpit is Elizabethan. The curate in the 19th century was Rev Sir Henry W. Baker, who wrote "The King of Love My Shepherd Is".

The red brick Chapel of St. Mary has been converted into a cottage. It was built as a chapel of ease in the 15th century, and originally combined chapel with priest`s house.

Nearby Pitchbury Ramparts are the remains of an early Iron Age encampment.