Unused, but not forgotten. St Martin’s Colchester

Unused, but not forgotten. St Martin’s Colchester

We were walking through the back streets of the old Dutch quarter of Colchester in the fading light and found this unlocked, disused church.
St Martin's, Colchester

A more or less unmodified Norman church tower and nave, the aisles, the transepts, and the chancel were added in the 14th century. The tower was damaged in 1648 during the Civil War, and has never been repaired.

St Martin's, Colchester

Two sixteenth century figures from a Last Judgement scene can be seen either side of the arch.

St Martin's, Colchester

One of two glazed plaques of encaustic tiles, surviving from the aborted nineteenth century restoration.

St Martin's, Colchester

19th century ochre work imitating 14th century painting.
St Martin's, Colchester

Green stencilled foliage decoration from the 19th century.

We lost the light, so there aren’t any more usable photos. Look for it if you’re ever in that part of the world.

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