St Mary Church, Chickney, Essex

IHS monogram, pentagram, 5 pointed star
IHS monogram, pentagram, 5 pointed star

The church of St Mary in Chickney, Essex is a Churches Conservation Trust church you approach down a single track road off the B1051. There is a small parking bay outside the churchyard.

The church goes back to Saxon times with additions through the years and major restoration in the late 1850s. 

There is a lot of graffiti around the south door. Of special interest is a good compass drawn daisy wheel with a marian mark inscribed over it. There is also a ladder design and a curious, serpentine cord or plait up one side of the doorway.

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Inside the church is whitewashed and bare. Most of the graffiti is of visitors’ initials.

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In the south wall window near the pulpit is an IHS monogram of delicate and beautiful work next to a clear pentagram. There are also several examples of script including one for a Philemon Whale.

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St Mary Church






Report by: Anthea Hawdon