Location: St. Nicholas, Little Braxted
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: A friend and I went to a lunchtime networking meeting near Kelvedon today. There were plenty of grey clouds about on our outward journey, but by 2:30pm when we set off again for home, the sun had come out. So I suggested a short detour to the village of Little Braxted, just off the A12 east of Witham. The map promised a village pond, watermill and moated Hall, none of which turned out to be terribly photogenic. But what we did stumble across was this delightful little church – quite ordinary (if old) from the outside, but astonishing inside. What a gem! The walls are painted with the most intricate patterns, apparently the work of Father Ernest Geldart, village priest from 1881-1900. The building itself is Norman, dating from around 1120. You will also find a plaque inside listing all the incumbent priests from 1386 to the present day. There is more info here. It’s well worth a look if you find yourself in the area. And it’s one of the things I love about this project – it has inspired me to explore places I’ve never been to before, even though they might be on my doorstep. Every once in a while, you’re rewarded with something spectacular like this.