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Bulmer, St Andrew's Church

Bulmer Church, with its impressive flint tower, stands on a prominent site overlooking Bulmer Street, and can be seen from many miles' distance. There is evidence that a church existed here as early as the 12th century, and there are several 13th century features too, but the greater part of the building is in the perpendicular style of the 14th and 15th centuries.

The fine font, with its green man (a pagan fertility symbol adopted into Christian culture) is notable, as is the chancel roof, carved with canopied angels. Much restoration and alteration was carried out in the 19th century, when the south porch, the choir stalls and most of the stained glass in the windows were added.

The memorial tablets in the chancel include one to Mr and Mrs Andrews, the subjects of Gainsborough's famous painting set in the landscape of the Auberies estate. Bulmer Church has been held in plurality with Belchamp Walter since 1765, and the Raymonds of Belchamp Hall have remained the patrons ever since; several members of the family have also served as vicars or curates of Bulmer.

  • St Andrew's Church at Bulmer

    St Andrew's Church at Bulmer

  • The tower of St Andrew's Church at Bulmer

    The tower of St Andrew's Church at Bulmer

  • Looking throught the door out into the churchyard at Bulmer

    Looking throught the door out into the churchyard at Bulmer

  • The porch at St Andrew's Church at Bulmer

    The porch at St Andrew's Church at Bulmer

  • The interior of St Andrew's Church at Bulmer

    The interior of St Andrew's Church at Bulmer

  • Stained glass at St Andrew's Church, Bulmer

    Stained glass at St Andrew's Church, Bulmer

  • St Andrew's Church, Bulmer

    St Andrew's Church, Bulmer

  • The tower at St Andrew's Church, Bulmer

    The tower at St Andrew's Church, Bulmer

  • The interior of St Andrew's Church, Bulmer

    The interior of St Andrew's Church, Bulmer

St Andrew's Church at Bulmer
The tower of St Andrew's Church at Bulmer
Looking throught the door out into the churchyard at Bulmer
The porch at St Andrew's Church at Bulmer
The interior of St Andrew's Church at Bulmer
Stained glass at St Andrew's Church, Bulmer
St Andrew's Church, Bulmer
The tower at St Andrew's Church, Bulmer
The interior of St Andrew's Church, Bulmer

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Belchamp Brook

Belchamp Brook The route includes foot paths and bridleways along field-edges and across cultivated land which may be muddy. There are stiles on grazing land. Please take care along farm tracks and minor roads where you may encounter light traffic.

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