Farnham - St Mary the Virgin
This strangely tall and narrow Victorian church was built in 1858, replacing an older church on a site which has been sacred since at least 1247. The church was partially funded by the Gosling family who lived in nearby Hassobury House. The church is roughly equidistant between the centre of Farnham Village and Hassobury House, being a third of a mile from each. In some other Essex villages, when an isolated church needed to be replaced the Victorians re-sited the new building somewhere more convenient. Here they chose to retain the original site. Lonely as it is, the site is charming with mature trees along one side and good views across the open countryside on the other. The churchyard is sparkling with snowdrops in Spring.