St Leonards at the Hythe Church

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A Grade II listed Church dating from the 14th Century, St Leonards bears traces of the Civil War and has some notable historic and artistic features.

The Medieval door of this old port church still bears the holes made by troops to put muskets through during the English Civil War. Over the nave is an elegant 16th-century hammerbeam roof and the north aisle roof is even older. The tower is fourteenth century and had to be repaired after the earthquake which struck the town on 22nd April 1884. The 18th- and 19th-century screens and furnishings, the (1901) mural decoration over the chancel arch creates a handsome and devotional interior. There are some remarkable stained glass windows in the Nave depicting pictures of local and national saints

The church of St. Leonard remains a consecrated building despite not being open for regular worship.

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  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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Road Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Hythe station is 0 miles away.

Church of St Leonard-at-the-Hythe


Hythe Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PN

Opening Times

* Open Tuesdays 12-2pm - check website for the most up to date opening hours