St Mary The Virgin's Church, Saffron Walden

Church Details


Visited
03/08/2003
Locking Status
Open during daytime hours - this can vary though - so avoid very early or very late attempts to visit.
Website
http://www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/


External Images

St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - Pevsner certainly had a lot to say about this church, and it 
is obvious why, as soon as one navigates the streets around Saffron Walden, to 
be confronted with this beautiful tower and spire. The style of this church is 
clearly East Anglian (Essex has no defined style of it's own - except the 
'borrowed' style).
From Pevsner "... one of the most lavishly designed - in a 
style entirely from across the border, East Anglian, of the Suffolk and even 
more, the Cambridge brand."
Julie poses for us, looking lovely, if rather dwarfed by 
Saffron Walden's fantastic tower.

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St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - This spire rises to 193 feet. The tower, like the rest of the 
church, is largely constructed from clunch, and has setback buttresses and 
decorated battlements. The spire was added in 1831, designed by Rickman & 
Hutchinson, who were also, at the same time, architects of New Court, St John's 
College, Cambridge.

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Internal Images

St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church

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St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - Looking East towards the Altar. The screen shown here was 
created by Sir Charles Nicholson, 1924.

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St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - Looking West, to the Western doorway, giving access to the 
church through the base of the tower.

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St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - The arcades each consist of seven bays, and are very tall, 
with lozenge-shaped piers, which are accentuated by four attached shafts and 
then hollows and slender connecting mouldings making up the diagonals. The 
feeling of spaciousness created by the light entering through the clerestory 
windows in this church is breathtaking.

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Glass Images

St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - The chancel East window.

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St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - Stained glass, south aisle, 1858. From l to r: The Good 
Shepherd, The Prodigal Son, The Good Samaritan and The Sower.

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St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - To the glory of God and in loving memory of Mary, the wife of 
John Parkinson Atkinson MDJP.

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St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - The writing beneath the figures reads: 
"Give me this water that I thirst not. Touch me not for I 
am not yet ascended to my father."
The writing at the bottom reads:
"This window was presented by Sarah Elizabeth Harding in 
memory of her late husband John S Harding".

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St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - East Anglian Saints - Powell.

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St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - North Chapel East Window - Burlison & Grylls, 1904.

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Miscellaneous Images

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Postcard Images

St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden Church - Postcard by W. Thompson, Saffron Walden.

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