St. Mary the Virgin at Great Warley is an unusual and interesting building. Not far from Brentwood, it is a small country church built ca. 1904 entirely in the Arts & Crafts style prevalant at the time. Its interest is principally the wonderful and complete range of internal fittings dating from this period in a range of materials - wood, cast iron, bronze, glass, marble to name a few.
The church, which is generally kept locked, will be opened for us to photograph from 1030, and we will be there for maybe 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Arrangements will be made for lunch in the area afterwards, and members will probably visit some other very different churches in the afternoon, including Greensted, which possesses the oldest wooden nave in Europe.
There is no charge for photography but, in recognition of this, members are requested to offer a donation to church funds.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: We apologise for the change in date (it was originally planned for Sat 12 April). This is due to circumstances beyond our control, and that of the church. Fortunately the church has been efficient in contacting us, allowing us to give you 3 weeks notice.
When booking please indicate if you would like to be included in lunch arrangements. Information will be provided on some other local churches to visit in the afternoon as members wish (no specific arrangements are being made).
Please note that as the next issue of the Journal will already have gone to press, the April advert in ‘Membership Matters’ will display the wrong date.
Photo (c) Mike Trendell