All Saints, Great Chesterford, Essex

All Saints church in Great Chesterford, Essex, dates from the 13th century. although most of what is visible dates to the 14th and 15th centuries. The west tower was rebuilt in the 18th century and that is where the south door now stands.

Restorations have thinned out the graffiti in the nave, but the best is in a little nook just in from the door. This collection includes a compass drawn daisy wheel, a cross, some dot patterns and a six pointed star.

There is a possible Marian W in the nave and also a shield. Crosses with dot terminals to their lines are a frequent motif as well as dot patterns, some of which look like they were also part of crosses before the cross was restored away.

Only a couple of initials remain in the church.

Report by Anthea Hawdon

All Saints
Church Street
Great Chesterford
Saffron Waldon
CB10 1NP

The church is usually open during daylight hours.


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