St Peter-on-the-Wall's Church, Bradwell-juxta-Mare

Church Details


Visited
07/03/2004
Locking Status
Open during daytime hours - this can vary though - so avoid very early or very late attempts to visit.
Website
http://www.bradwellchapel.org/


External Images

St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - I'd driven out to Bradwell, intending to do quite a few 
churches that day. As I passed Woodham Ferrers, the weather started to turn 
rather dark, and it looked as though I was in for rather a wet day. As I pulled 
up to the car park just before the farm track leading to St Peter's, the weather 
began to brighten up somewhat. This first picture still clearly shows the haze 
that was present near the coast that day, not to mention the mess that had been 
created on the track.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - Just to the right was a beautiful rainbow, looking for all the 
world like it was designed to grow out of those trees.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - Getting closer ...
The chapel was built shortly after St Cedd's arrival (AD 653), 
down the east coast from Lindisfarne. Built as St Peter's Cathedral in AD 654, 
it has had a varied life, seeing it used as a barn, and then finally being 
restored for use as a chapel in 1920.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - From being disappointed that the weather was being so yucky, 
my mood changed very quickly. The sky seemed determined to be special, and I was 
soon treated to one of those gloomy skies ahead with the sun shining brightly 
from behind me.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - On this approach to St Peter's, the small building to the left 
intrudes into the overall view of the area. St Peter's had been alone for so 
long. Heaven only knows why it was seen fit to build a beach hut (sorry - 
vestry) here in the late 1950s! Sacrilege!

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - The W wall, showing the reused Roman bricks around the window.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - The N side of the chapel, from the entrance to the Othona 
community.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - The W wall, clearly showing the arched brickwork where this 
once joined onto an apsidal chancel. The chancel is marked on the ground. It was 
demolished once the chapel was put to alternative uses as a barn, sometime in 
the seventeenth century. Only in the early twentieth century was the building 
returned to its original use.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - A closer view of the Roman bricks around the W window.

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Internal Images

St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - The interior, looking east towards the altar.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - The interior, looking west from the altar.

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Postcard Images

St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - Postcard Copyright - St Peter's Chapel Commitee
Photo by Mick Ball L.R.P.S.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - Postcard Copyright - St Peter's Chapel Commitee
Photo by Mick Ball L.R.P.S.

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St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-juxta-Mare  Church - Postcard Copyright - St Peter's Chapel Commitee
Photo by Mick Ball L.R.P.S.

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