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St Mary, Sturmer, Essex

(52°4′3″N, 0°27′50″E)
TL 690 439
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Essex
now Essex
medieval London
now Chelmsford
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Ron Baxter
22 April 2015

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Feature Sets

Sturmer is a village in the Braintree district of north Essex, 2 miles SE of Haverhill. The village is mainly dispersed along the A1017 road out of Haverhill towards Clare and Halstead, and the church and Sturmer Hall are at the end of a side road running S off this. The church is of flint and pebble rubble, and consists of an 11-12thc nave with a 12thc chancel and a 14thc W tower with a pyramidal roof. A brick S porch was added in the 15thc. The old roofline of the nave is visible against the tower, and the chancel was given a triple E window in the 13thc.

Romanesque work is found in two plain N chancel windows (not recorded here) the N and S doorways, and decorative shafts at the E angles of the chancel. The nave was restored in 1877 and the chancel in 1883.


Sturmer was held in demesne by Tihel the Breton in 1086, and in 1066 it had comprised two separate manors; one held by an unnamed free woman and assessed at 1½ hides and 15 acres, and the other held by a free man and assessed at 1½ hides.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration


Similar shafts to those on the chancel angles are found on the south doorway at Belchamp Otten church.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, 3 vols, London 1899, III, 271.

J. Bettley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Essex, New Haven and London 2007, 756.

Historic England Listed building 114222

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 1: North West (1916), 297-98.