Heybridge, St Andrew
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.
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.