Heybridge, St Andrew

The Church

The beautiful Grade 1 listed parish church of St Andrew’s Heybridge dates from the 12th century.

It is built of rubble flint with ashlar dressings, and has a plain tile roof. The door dates form the fourteenth century and is set into a 12th century moulded arch. The door has very early ironwork dating from the 12th century, a rare survival.

The interior is simple: the two-bay nave has no aisles, and the chancel has two bays. In the chancel, a blocked priest’s door has a coffin slab built into it.

The upper part of the low tower fell in the 15th century and was restored by Henry Bourchier.

There is an unusual monument to a female servant from Jamaica set into the north wall.

The Bats

Little is known about the bats today, although Essex Bat Group carried out a survey of St Andrews in 2008 and found no evidence of their presence.

Upcoming events

If you’d like to contact or find out more about the church, visit their page on A Church Near You