Monument record MCC7307 - Church of St Peter and Paul, Birch


Victorian church, purportedly constructed by Samuel Tuelon, on the site of a medieval church demolished in 1849, and associated churchyard.


Grid reference Centred TL 9440 1995 (143m by 115m) (FCE)
Map sheet TL91NW
County ESSEX


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Victorian church on the site of a medieval church demolished in 1849. <1><2><3><4><5> Photo ref <6>

The new church was purportedly constructed by Samuel Sanders Teulon, a 19th century English Gothic Revival architect. A plan shows the old church in relation to the new church, and in relation to graves (although only 38 are marked).<8>

The Round family (Charles Gray Round, 1797-1867) greatly influenced the appearance of the parish by rebuilding Birch Hall, the school, St. Peter's church, a new rectory house, and by adding some distinctive new houses in the parish.<7>

'Birch: Introduction', in A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10, Lexden Hundred (Part) Including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe, ed. Janet Cooper (London, 2001), pp. 38-44. British History Online [accessed 6 June 2016].

The extent of the churchyard as marked on the OS 1:2500 Epoch 1 map (1874-1887),was approx. half the size of the modern churchyard.

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1960 0nwards. SMR form unknown.
  • <2> Photograph: unknown. unknown. SMR. 2 frames.
  • <3> AP: Tyler, Sue. 2000. CP/00/6/2-4.
  • <4> AP: Carter, PJ. 2000. CP/00/2/3/1.
  • <5> AP: Carter, PJ. 2000. CP/00/2/3/12, 13.
  • <6> Photograph: Tyler, Sue. 2000. Church of St Peter and St Paul, Birch. print.
  • <7> Monograph: Cooper, Janet (Ed). 1994. Vol. IX, The Borough of Colchester, A History of the County of Essex. Volume IX. pp.38-44.
  • <8> DRAWING - PLAN: Tuelon, S.S.. 1850. Plan of Birch St Peter and St Paul Church.

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Jun 9 2016 1:10PM

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