Monument record MCC7323 - Site of St Mary's Church, Layer Breton


Site of St Mary's Church, Layer Breton, demlished in 1915. There was a church on this site, opposite Layer Breton Hall, by 1329. In 1768 Morant described it as, "of one piece with the chancel, both tiled. In a wooden turret there is one bell".


Grid reference Centred TL 9495 1717 (65m by 57m) (FCE)
Map sheet TL91NW
County ESSEX


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

There was a church on this site by 1329, and in 1768 Morant described it as "of one piece with the chancel, both tiled. In a wooden turret there is one bell".<1> The medieval church was demolished in 1915 and replaced by a new church on Layer Breton Heath in 1922 (MCC9361). It was a simple building comprising nave, chancel and bell turret and was extended in 1834. It was destroyed by the 1884 earthquake and although shored up was never repaired.<2> Traces of the foundations indicate a building c.46 x 25 feet. Lying on the site are various worked and moulded stones of the C15 including the greater part of one window.<3> Photo ref.<4>

Site Assessment 1977 = "An overgrown copse, recommended for scheduling". <1> The site is now totally overgrown and covered by a copse. Apart from a few tombstones on the roadside and the occasional fragment of medieval masonry lying loose there is nothing to be seen. The archaeology of the site must be suffering greatly from the roots. Assessment is impossible.<2>

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1960 0nwards. SMR form unknown.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. p111.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: RCHME. 1922. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3. Vol 3, p154.
  • <4> Photograph: Tyler, Sue. 2000. Layer Breton - Site of St Mary's Church. print.

Finds (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (0)

Record last edited

Aug 11 2016 3:56PM

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.