Graves at Little Stambridge Hall

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By Helen Barnard

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Graves at Little Stambridge Hall. They are all that remain of the church of All Saints, which was demolished in 1891.

Please note the comment of Keith Taylor below which questions the name of the now demolished church: RDCA(Admin)

This page was added by Mave Sipple on 22/02/2011.
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Hello Brian, I've taken your interesting comment and converted it into a site article shown here and included your photo link of the church. If you have any other material or photos then do drop me an email.

By Bob Stephen
On 17/04/2014

When Little Stambridge St. Mary’s was demolished one window and its stone surrounds was saved and later installed in the west wall of the south aisle of Great Stambridge church where it can be seen today.

The bell also survived the demolition. This was a rare Peter Hawkes bell made some time between 1608 and 1620. This 20 inch bell was inspected at great Stambridge Rectory (now Stambridge Meadows residential care home) in 1909 but it has not survived and its eventual fate is unknown, but it was probably scrapped at some time. In 1909 there were 6 surviving Peter Hawkes bells, one at Shopland Church, but today there are only two. It has been speculated that Hawkes, like other bell founders at the time, was itinerant and would move around to different locations with his foundry equipment and setting up where required, often re-casting previous broken or cracked bells. It is also speculated that he settled in Braintree where the name is common on the church registers, but they only go back to 1660 so this is far from certain.

A silver chalice and matching cover from Little Stambridge church was sold, in March 1904, at Christie's of London for £96. It was 6 ½ inches high with the bowl section engraved with two bands of foliage and the stem and foot decorated with dotted bands. It had a 1562 maker’s mark on the cup and a 1569 maker’s mark on the lid and a 1570 London hall mark. The money was used to purchase an organ for Great Stambridge Church. The previous organ at Great Stambridge was sold to Canewdon where it is still in use today. It has several angels painted on the case that have the faces of girls who attended Great Stambridge Sunday School in around 1900.

By B Meldon
On 14/04/2014
By B Meldon
On 03/04/2014

The church at Little Stambridge Hall was St Mary NOT All Saints. The church at Great Stambridge was/is called All Saints but actually St Mary and All Saints I think. The parishes were united in 1889 and the little church of St Mary which had been restored in 1870 was demolished in 1894.

By Keith Taylor
On 01/04/2014
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