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St Mary's Church


A virtual visit to the parish church of Wivenhoe and its surprising place in English history.

The parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Wivenhoe has been at the centre of village life for centuries and is first mentioned in 1254. At least part of the medieval church survives today, including the tower built around 1500. Following a fire in 1850, the church was extensively rebuilt by a local architect E. C. Hakewill (1816-72). In this short film Philip Wise of Colchester and Ipswich Museums explores the story of this remarkable church and how it was affected by the Colchester Earthquake which occurred on 22 April 1884. Also known as the Great English Earthquake, this was the most destructive earthquake to have hit the country for over 400 years and, fortunately, has not been exceeded subsequently.

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Heritage Open Days: St Mary the Virgin, Wivenhoe

Type:Heritage Open Day