Woodham Ferrers - St Mary - WEst
This lovely old flint and brick church dates from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, and although it was extensively remodelled in Victorian times, many original features remain. There was a 16th century tower, but this collapsed in 1703 and was rebuilt on a smaller scale in 1715, but again by 1774 this was unsafe and so in 1793 a small wooden belfry, resting a a single oak tie-beam, was built to house the one remaining bell. In the 19th century, a window was installed in the west wall with supporting brickwork. The church is Grade I listed. Inside the church, there is a three bay arcade with alternating octagonal and circulars piers dating from 1260, and a faded 15th century Doom painting. The font is late 14th / early 15th century, and there are several 15th century poppy-head bench-ends. Externally, you can see doorways dating from the 14th century. Some of the window tracery was installed shortly after 1275.