Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

St. Nicholas Church (Great Wakering)

St. Nicholas Church is the parish church of Great Wakering, in South East Essex.

It is almost the last building on the mainland, at the end of the long village High Street.

Most of the church is Norman, including the nave and the tower. The shingle broach spire was added in the 15th century.

The most striking feature is the two storey porch added on the West of the tower. This was built in the 15th century, and was used by visiting priests from Beeleigh Abbey near Maldon.

This sort of porch was a feature of a number of Saxon churches, so the present porch is probably on the site of an earlier one.

There was formerly a Norman font and good wall paintings, but these are no longer here.

The bodies of the brothers St. Ethelbert and St. Ethelred, princes of the Royal house of Kent, rested here briefly after their murder at Eastry near Sandwich.

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