Ruins of Church of St Mary, North of Birch Hall, Birch - Colchester

Small Norman church dated to C12. No longer used for worship. Now a roofless ruin with some structural problems. Principally, the unconsolidated flint rubble walling is at risk. There is currently no public access to the site. A Conservation Management Plan has been completed, but no repair scheme has been agreed.

Ruins of Church of St Mary, North of Birch Hall, Birch - Colchester
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Remains of St Mary's Church
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1002144
  • Local Planning Authority: Colchester
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Ruins of Church of St Mary
  • County: Essex
  • District / Borough: Colchester
  • Parish: Birch
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Witham
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument and Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number(s): 1002144 and 1110898

Contact Details

David Kenny 01223 582760

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England