St Mary, Great Henny, Essex


The majority of the the little church of St Mary at Great Henny in Essex is from the 14th century, however the base of the tower belongs to the 11th century and there are additions and modifications from the 15th century.

The graffiti in the church is found in an alcove in the chancel and the south doorway.

In any collection of graffiti in a church you would normally expect to find about half made up of names and initials. In Great Henny, however, this is not the case. The majority of graffiti is made of up crosses.

There are several pentagrams.

There is also a definite merel, of the three men’s morris layout. This is found horizontally at the base of the piscina.  An six pointed star is next to it which is very similar to the merel.

The rest of the graffiti is mostly made up of cross hatching with a couple of initials as well.

Report and pictures by Anthea Hawdon and Linda Wilson

St Mary
Church Ln
Great Henny
CO10 7NW

Church is open during daylight hours.

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