St Andrew, Bulmer, Essex
The church of St Andrew in Bulmer dates to the 12th century. The north arcade in the nave is of 14th century origin. The font, with a fine green man on one face, dates to the 15th century.
There are three figures featured in the graffiti in the church. A soldier, a bishop and a stick figure. From the shape of the helmet, the soldier could be from the time of the Napoleonic wars.
There are several examples of compass drawn circles, including a patch of faint, interlinked examples. There is a pentagram and a Marian W mark.
The window surround in the south side of the chancel displays the same mason’s mark several times.
There are several small dot patterns, a sword, a butterfly cross, an unusual triangle design, some faint script and several unidentified marks throughout the church.
There is the usual scattering of initials inside and outside the church; less usually, there are no dates in this selection.
Report by Anthea Hawdon and Linda Wilson
The church is open during daylight hours.
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