Theydon Mount - St Michael
This church was built in 1614 after the previous medieval church burned down. Most of the cost of the new building was borne by the Smith family who lived at Hill House nearby, using bricks made in their own brickworks The chancel is clearly made from different materials. The church website states that this is because re-building the chancel was the responsibility of the Rector, who could only afford poor quality bricks. However Pevsner suggests that the chancel might be an additon made in 1577 (when Sir Thomas Smith was interred in a new vault beneath it) which survived the fire. The church contains numerous memorials to the Smith family. The building is Grade I listed.