Church Of St Michael And All Angels

30 Jun 2002
Church Of St Michael And All Angels, Aldercar Road, Copford, Colchester, Essex
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5214 Church of St Michael TL 92 SW 11/37 and All Angels 7.4.65 I 2.

C12 with C13 and C14 alterations. Coursed rubble and roman brick, with some uncoursed rubble on south aisle. Limestone dressings. Red plain tile roof.

Weatherboarded and shingled bell tower. Early C12 nave and chancel, apparently one build and originally chancel vaulted. Roof is late C13 scissor braced, 7 cants, with moulded wall plates, 2 octagonal crown posts with moulded bases and capitals. Of the original vault, the abutments and the springing for the transverse arches, are all that remain in the nave. Early C12 apse, with plain half domed vault. Three windows with round head of 2 arches of Roman brick, external jambs and splays with free shaft. Internally shafts have carved or scalloped capitals and moulded base. Semi-circular apse-arch of 2 plain orders and chamfered imposts.

North wall of nave and chancel has 3 windows, 2 modern and the third similar to the apse. Early C12 north door with plain jambs, round arch and tympanum filled with Roman bricks. C12 north door of 3 round orders, 2 moulded, one plain, in Roman brick. Shafts to jambs with cushion capitals moulded abacus and base.

South wall has 4 arches. One modern. One late C12 two centred, of one chamfered order. Late C13 arch, 2 centred with 3 chamfered order, in C13 bricks. Fourth arch is 2 centred, on chamfered order possibly C14. Early C12 window heads above arches. West wall has 2 windows. Lower one C14, 2 pointed lights in 2 centred head, set in C12 opening. Upper window is C12. South aisle is late C13 or early C14. Three windows 2 modern, west is C14 with 2 trefoiled ogee lights with a quatrefoil 2 centred head. Modern south doorway, modern east archway and vestry.

Timber framed belfry and 2 tall posts with arch braces and transom. Mid C12 wall paintings an original structure, extensively restored late C19. Apse has St Michael and St Gabriel and 10 Apostles, including Saint Peter and Paul. Centrally a Majesty with rainbow supported by angels. Nave and Chancel have numerous figures, with extensive decorative work and diaper motifs, South porth rebuilt C20. (RCHM 1).

Listing NGR: TL9349822701


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Photographer: Turkentine, John H.

Rights Holder: Turkentine, John H.


Brick, Limestone, Rubble, Tile, Weatherboard, Medieval Church, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Place Of Worship