Church of St Mary, Church Road, Ovington - Braintree

Parish church dating from the C12, with C14, C15, and C16 alterations. The continuous nave and chancel roof is tiled, and has a canted plaster ceiling. There is outward movement and cracking in the north and south walls. Deformation in the roof structure and discontinuity between it and the wall plates, cracking in the ceiling, and wind-driven rainwater penetration of the roof slopes are probably causing progressive failure of the battens and tile fixings.

Church of St Mary, Church Road, Ovington - Braintree
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1277192
  • Local Planning Authority: Braintree
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of St Mary
  • Street Name: Church Road
  • County: Essex
  • District / Borough: Braintree
  • Parish: Ovington
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Braintree
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Poor
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade II*