White Notley - St Etheldreda
This Grade I listed church dates from the 11th century. The chancel arch is Norman, dressed with Roman bricks. The chancel itself was altered during the 13th century when the south aisle was added; the north aisle was added a few years later. The timber tower and roof are 15th century. Internally there are some medieval wall paintings, some indistinct but some clearly representing a Passion cycle, and a rare medieval stained glass window. Sadly though, the church is locked. St Etheldreda was an East Anglian princess, a Fenland and Northumbrian queen and Abbess of Ely. She founded a double monastery (with separate communities of monks and nuns, combined in one institution) in Ely in 673, which was later destroyed by Viking invaders in 870.