Welcome to St Mary the Virgin’s Church at Peldon
Regular Sunday Services
We hold Morning Prayer on the 1st Sunday of the month, Holy Communion on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, and Cafe Church on the 3rd Sunday of each month. All services are at St Mary’s in Peldon.
A brief history of St. Mary’s church –
One Thousand Years of History
In 1086 the Domesday Book recorded ‘Peltenduna’ as having “one church with thirty acres”. This makes it Anglo-Saxon in origin.
The current building
In general it dates back to the 11th century, the nave being 12th century, the tower 14th century, and the roof and clerestory 16th century.
The Leaning Tower and the Essex Earthquake
The tower has a noticeable lean to the southwest, often said to be caused by the Essex Earthquake of 1884. However, the leaning tower was noted before then, in the book: ‘Mehalah, a Story of the Salt Marshes’ (1st edition 1880). The cause was probably subsidence due to poor ground.
The church did suffer from the earthquake, with damage to the battlements and roof.
A full inspection in the early 2000’s identified the need for urgent repairs and restorations. This was the trigger for the formation of The Friends of St Mary’s Peldon.
Peldon Churchwardens have lots of information about what is happening in your parish in the coming months.
Cafe Church will take place on the third Sunday in the month from February 2017.
Information coming soon