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St. Michaels Church (Braintree)

St. Michaels is the parish church of the old market town of Braintree in Essex.

The church dates back to the 13th century, with a tower, broach spire and arcades of that date.

It was mostly rebuilt in the 1860s.

There is a recess in the outer wall, probably for washing the feet of pilgrims to Bury St. Edmunds or Walsingham.

Nicholas Udall, who wrote "Ralph Roister Doister", the first English comedy, was the Vicar here.

In a little square outside the church, there is a fountain, with a boy and fishes, by John Hodge.

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