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Latitude: 51.8515 / 51°51'5"N
Longitude: 0.83 / 0°49'48"E
OS Eastings: 595007
OS Northings: 220770
OS Grid: TL950207
Mapcode National: GBR RM4.ST3
Mapcode Global: VHKG4.BQNK
Entry Name: Church of St Mary (Ruin) North of Birch Hall
Listing Date: 23 June 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1110898
English Heritage Legacy ID: 117345
Location: Birch, Colchester, Essex, CO2
Civil Parish: Birch
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
Church of England Parish: Birch with Layer Breton
Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford
Church of St Mary
(Ruin) north of
TL 92 SE 12/19 23.6.52
C12 with C14 and C16 alterations. Rubble, part covered with limestone and brick
dressings. C12 nave, has 2 windows in north wall, one of C12 now blocked, with
Roman brick in west jamb. Western window has moulded jambs of C14 and C15 brick
head. North doorway with C14 segmental arch. C15 rood loft staircase light.
East quoins in Roman brick. South wall has remains of C12 south doorway and
one window, plus C12 window matching north wall, but unblocked. Early C16 doorway
to stair turret with chamfered jambs and 4 centred head. C14 church has remains
of original east window.
In north wall are 2 mid C14 windows, with 2 centred heads and moulded labels.
Remains of 2 similar windows in south wall, between which is C14 doorway with
moulded jambs, 2 centred arch and label. West tower is of 4 stages. Two lower
stages are C14. Two upper stages of C16 red brick. C14 brick tower arch is
2 centred with 2 chamfered arches. C14 west windows of 2 cinquefoiled lights
with quatrefoil in 2 centred head with moulded label and covered stops. West
wall has C14 window. Early C16 windows to bell chamber in brick with 2 four
centred lights in a square head. (RCHM 1).
Listing NGR: TL9500720770
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