Vange, Basildon - All Saints Rood Stairs
The 3ft 9in thick chancel arch was constructed 900 years ago. Above it was a rood-loft that jutted out into the nave above the screen which divided the nave from the chancel. Access to the loft was via the rood-loft staircase, constructed in the 1400s, which remains in the thickness of the south wall. In the space above the loft was the great Rood, showing Christ crucified and flanked by his mother and St John. As a background to this was a Doom painting. The screen, loft, rood and Doom painting were probably all destroyed by iconoclasts in the 1540s.