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Pentlow, Church of St Gregory and St George

Pentlow church is one of six round towered churches in Essex. The main construction of the church is flint and pebble rubble with dressings of limestone and clunch (a predominantly chalk/clay based building material bedded in mortar to form walls). The nave and chancel date from the 12th century and the west tower and north chapel from the 14th century. The north chapel was rebuilt in the 17th century.

The north chapel houses the tomb of Judge Kempe, his son John and John's wife Elinor. It dates from the early 1600's, The judge died in 1606 and his son John died in 1609. The tomb is intricately carved, depicting Judge Kemp, his son and daughter in law on the top and in a panel on the side John and Elinor's 14 children. Some of the brightly coloured paint is still visible.

Also of note is a much smaller tomb against the north wall of the sanctuary for Edmund Felton and his wife Frances which dates from 1542.

The font dates from the 12th century, three sides are elaborately carved with foliage and it is unusually deep! The base of the octagonal wooden font cover dates from the 15th century but the top part is modern.

The door between the tower and the chapel was the main door to the church before the tower was added. On the tower side there is a carved head of a muzzled bear above the door.

Please note: Pentlow Church is locked, although regular services are held there.

  • Approaching the Church of St Gregory and St George at Pentlow.

    Approaching the Church of St Gregory and St George at Pentlow.

  • The round towered church of St Gregory and St George at Pentlow.

    The round towered church of St Gregory and St George at Pentlow.

  • The Church of St Gregory and St George at Pentlow.

    The Church of St Gregory and St George at Pentlow.

  • The porch at Pentlow church dates from the 19th century.

    The porch at Pentlow church dates from the 19th century.

  • The north chapel on the right houses the tomb of Judge Kempe

    The north chapel on the right houses the tomb of Judge Kempe

  • Detail of stone carving at Pentlow church

    Detail of stone carving at Pentlow church

  • Pentlow church, Essex

    Pentlow church, Essex

  • The interior of Pentlow church

    The interior of Pentlow church

  • Carving on the unusually deep ancient stone font

    Carving on the unusually deep ancient stone font

  • The tomb of Judge Kempe, his son John and his son's wife Elinor. The carving on the side depicts John and Elinor's 14 children.

    The tomb of Judge Kempe, his son John and his son's wife Elinor. The carving on the side depicts John and Elinor's 14 children.

  • Judge John Kempe, his son John and John's wife Elinor depicted on their tomb. The judge died in 1606, John in 1609

    Judge John Kempe, his son John and John's wife Elinor depicted on their tomb. The judge died in 1606, John in 1609

  • Detail of he tomb, including some still brightly coloured paint

    Detail of he tomb, including some still brightly coloured paint

  • Detail in the side panel of the Kempe tomb at Pentlow

    Detail in the side panel of the Kempe tomb at Pentlow

  • The tomb of Edmund and Frances Felton dated 1542

    The tomb of Edmund and Frances Felton dated 1542

  • The door between the chapel and the tower used to be the main door to the church before the tower was built in the 14th century. The carving at the top depicts a bear's head.

    The door between the chapel and the tower used to be the main door to the church before the tower was built in the 14th century. The carving at the top depicts a bear's head.

Approaching the Church of St Gregory and St George at Pentlow.
The Church of St Gregory and St George at Pentlow.
The Church of St Gregory and St George at Pentlow.
The porch at Pentlow church dates from the 19th century..
The north chapel on the right houses the tomb of Judge Kempe
Detail of stone carving at Pentlow church
Pentlow church, Essex
The interior of Pentlow church
Carving on the unusually deep ancient stone font
The tomb of Judge Kempe, his son John and his son's wife Elinor. The carving on the side depicts John and Elinor's 14 children.
Judge John Kempe, his son John and John's wife Elinor depicted on their tomb
Detail of he tomb, including some still brightly coloured paint
Detail in the side panel of the Kempe tomb at Pentlow
The tomb of Edmund and Frances Felton dated 1542
The door between the chapel and the tower used to be the main door to the church before the tower was built in the 14th century

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