St Mary's Church, Mundon

Church Details


Redundancy Date
4/14/1970
Visited
07/03/2004, 28/03/2004, 22/01/2006, 27/11/2007, 14/09/2008 & 05/09/2009
Locking Status
Open during daytime hours - this can vary though - so avoid very early or very late attempts to visit.
Built
Nave, early C14; Timber N porch, c.1600; Chancel, early C18.
Restoration
1975 (repairs)
Restoration Architect
Julian Limentani of Marshall Sisson
Website
http://www.friendsoffriendlesschurches.org.uk

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External Images

St Mary, Mundon Church - 


This is probably 
the most well-known view of St Mary - the first view seen having approached down 
Vicarage Lane, and the last fifty yards of mud track.
 
Sept 2009 - Mundon St Mary recently re-opened, following several years of essential maintenance to make the church safe once again. This entry for Mundon contains several new images from that time. These are the larger images.

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Brick east end of early C18 chancel.
(Not the brick 'west' end, as was stated on my old website! - 
hopefully no-one noticed - or maybe you were all too polite to say!)

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The south wall here shows the 
blocked S chapel archway, and the brick window, both dated early C16.

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The north porch. My lovely fianc�e, Julie is hiding just 
around the corner! 
Hewett (Church Carpentry, Phillimore 1974) says of the porch, 
"the finest example of its kind seen in the county". It is dated c.1600.

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The north porch, seen here, slightly before sunset.

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The belfry, which at one time housed three bells.

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Internal Images

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Looking East, towards the chancel.
This is perhaps one of the most encompassing views of this 
church. The dimly lit interior really does give one a feeling of having stepped 
back in time.

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The chancel. Currently (July 2005), the church is closed to 
all visitors, due to the movements of the foundations.
Even when I visited, the most precarious feeling place to be 
standing was in the chancel. Some of the cracks in the roof were looking rather 
monstrous. Despite feeling a little unsafe though, Mundon St Mary just draws you 
in further and further.

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Looking west towards the tower.

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Looking through the arch in the nave west wall. This view 
clearly shows the S 'aisle', and the entrance to the N 'aisle'.

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The W door.

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Looking E into the nave, from the square area directly beneath 
the belfry.

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Early C16 window on the S wall of the nave.

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Detail of the woodwork supporting the upper tower and belfry.

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Monument Images

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Miscellaneous Images

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Please support the Friends of Friendless Churches. See the 
'Cover Sheet' for a link to their website, which details both Mundon, and all of 
their other churches.

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A wall painting of The Lord's Prayer.

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A wall painting of "I believe ...".

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Behold The Lamb Of God.

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Wall painting above the E window.

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Commandments 6-10, from the right-hand side of the altar.

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Up inside the belfry, showing the last remaining bell of an 
original three. This is thought to have been cast by John Langhome c.1400.

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The simplistic, but fitting altar.

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The pulpit, directly in front of the blocked early C16 archway 
that would have once lead into the S chapel.

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Box pews.

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St Mary, Mundon Church - This is the earliest scheme of wall painting, and has recently been identified as the Martyrdom of St Edmund, King of East Anglia by Professor David Park, Courtauld Institute of Art, Conservation of Wall Paintings Department. He is crowned and the Danes are shooting arrows at him from in front and behind. === Only the head and shoulders of the Edmund figure, in three-quarter profile, remain, outlined in red, with his hair painted red and his eyes painted black. Behind the saint are vestiges of a bow, hand and arrow: the bow outlined in black; the arrow and hand in red. Facing him are the remains of two hooded figures in profile, the nearest is shooting another arrow: this and the figures are outlined in black; their hoods are red. === Above the Edmund figure is an unidentifiable figure outlined in black.

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Postcard Images

St Mary, Mundon Church - Many thanks to Andy Barham for supplying this image. You can visit Andy's "Lost Churches of Essex" site by clicking here.

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St Mary, Mundon Church - Many thanks to Andy Barham for supplying this image. You can visit Andy's "Lost Churches of Essex" site by clicking 
here.

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St Mary, Mundon Church - Showing the church before being taken into the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches.
Kindly reproduced by kind permission of the Friends of Friendless Churches.

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St Mary, Mundon Church - Showing the church before being taken into the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches.
Kindly reproduced by kind permission of the Friends of Friendless Churches.

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St Mary, Mundon Church - Spaldings Postcards - 1947

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St Mary, Mundon Church - Spaldings Postcards - 1948

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