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St James, Great Saling

St James, Great Saling, Essex CM7 5DS View on map

Parish church set adjacent to Great Saling Hall. The two seem to form the archetypal ancient relationship of Manor House and Church. The list description for the church says that the 1857 obscures most of the dating details, and the church is almost certainly much earlier than this. There are intriguing relationships in the alignment of tower, nave and chancel that suggest a longer period of evolution, and one particular detail in the southwest nave quoins. One of these is a tall, slender stone set vertically, and might be a reused survivor of “long and short” Saxon quoins. It is entirely uncharacteristic of later mediaeval masonry.


Opening Arrangements

Open daily during daylight hours.


8 miles west of Braintree off of the A120. Rail: Braintree 8 miles.

Parking Spaces


Either in church car park or, if gates are locked, on street.

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: No
  • Assistance dogs: Yes