Yesterday we went to Purleigh, a small village near Maldon, to visit the church. They were having an ‘open’ day which included the tower so we were able to climb to the top to see the views over the surrounding countryside.

It was obviously popular with a lot of people going up and down and you can see why when you look at the views.

View from Purleigh Church tower

This is a view of part of Purleigh.

View from Purleigh

This is the church seen from the ground and if you look carefully you will see the heads of people looking down.

View of Purleigh Church

For some unknown reason very few churches were built during the reign of Elizabeth I so that Elizabethan churches are rare. After visiting Purleigh we went to Woodham Walter to see the Elizabethan church there.

View of Woodham Walter Church

View of Woodham Walter Church

What you can’t see in the first picture is that the main body of the church appears to have been constructed as two sections.

The stepped gables are a feature of Elizabethan buildings.

Early vandalism

How’s this for early vandalism? Someone has carved their initials into the stonework together with the date – 1668.

A little further down the road is the timber-framed Bell Inn.

The Bell Inn

A nice little trip on a sunny Sunday afternoon.