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Belchamp St Paul, St Andrew's Church

It is not known when the church at Belchamp St Paul was first built but there are records of the dean of St Paul's visiting a church consisting of a nave with north and south doorways and a chancel at Belchamp in 1181. The church was dedicated in honour of St Andrew the Apostle who was the patron saint of missionaries, mariners and fishermen. Churches dedicated in honour of St Andrew are usually near rivers.

The church underwent a major rebuild in 1490 to look much as it does today with the addition of a north aisle, tower and south porch and the widening of the chancel. The roof dates from 1490 and is typical of an Essex church in its trussed rafter and beam construction.

The oak tower screen was finished in 1999 in thanksgiving for two thousand years of Divine Grace and to mark the beginning of the third Christian era. The screen was designed by Terry Daniel and built by local craftsman Bryan Rooke.

  • St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul

    St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul

  • The interior of St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul

    The interior of St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul

  • The award winning oak tower screen designed by Terry Daniel and built by Bryan Rooke including glass panels by Richard Bawden.

    The award winning oak tower screen designed by Terry Daniel and built by Bryan Rooke including glass panels by Richard Bawden.

  • The interior of St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul

    The interior of St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul

  • The interior of Belchamp St Paul church

    The interior of Belchamp St Paul church

  • The interior of St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul

    The interior of St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul

  • The door to St Andrews' Church Belchamp St Paul, featuring flowers for the Jubilee weekend 2012

    The door to St Andrews' Church Belchamp St Paul, featuring flowers for the Jubilee weekend 2012

  • Detail of a carved pew in Belchamp St Paul church

    Detail of a carved pew in Belchamp St Paul church

St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul
The interior of St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul
The award winning oak tower screen at Belchamp St Paul church
The interior of St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul
The interior of Belchamp St Paul church
The interior of St Andrew's Church at Belchamp St Paul
The door to St Andrews' Church Belchamp St Paul, featuring flowers for the Jubilee weekend 2012
Detail of a carved pew in Belchamp St Paul church

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