Monument record MCC7325 - Church of St Mary the Virgin, Salcott


Church damaged by earthquake in 1884 and extensively rebuilt in 1893.


Grid reference Centred TL 9497 1377 (46m by 72m) (FCE)
Map sheet TL91SW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Church damaged by earthquake in 1884 and extensively rebuilt in 1893. The nave retains some C14 features and the west tower is partly C15 but both are largely rebuilt. Archaeological potential is unknown although oyster shells tile fragments and flints are turning up in graves on the north side. There is evidence to suggest that Salcott was a town in the Middle Ages. <1> C14 nad later, originally built of flint rubble and septaria with limestone dressings. The nave is C14 with a late C19 north wall. One of the three windows in the south wall is C14. The west window is partly C15. Late C15 south doorway with original door. Late C15 or early C16 south porch. Three stage west tower of late C15; tow centred tower arch. <2> The north doorway of the nave contains a blocked north doorway incorporating some C14 stones. The middle window of the south wall is C14, partly restored The westernmost window is modern except for the late C15 rear arch and splays. Between the two windows is the early C16 south doorway. The top stage of the tower is largely rebuilt but incorporates old material. There are two C13 coffin lids in the churchyard west of the tower. Fittings include an early C16 niche in the south porch and a C14 or C15 stoup in the nave. The early C16 door in the south doorway is of two folds each with two panels filled with ridged battens. <3> Other ref. <4>

Site Assessment = Although the church is in good repair it is of no real merit. A few years ago excavations were made around the walls and underpinning provided; the ground has been lowered at the west end and a shallow gully formed. <1> The church suffered severely in the earthquake of 1884 and was drastically restored in 1893. <3>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • --- AP: Tyler, Sue. 2000. CP/00/11/1- 5.
  • <1> DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. p117.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Department of the Environment. 1982. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Colchester Rural. p289.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: RCHME. 1922. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3. Vol 3, p206-7.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1960 0nwards. SMR form unknown.

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Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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