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St. Mary and All Saints Church (Stambridge)

St. Mary and All Saints is the parish church of Stambridge in Essex.

It stands in an isolated position close to the tidal River Roach, and was the parish church of Great Stambridge. St. Mary's at Little Stambridge was demolished in the 19th century.

Much of the church dates from the Norman period, but there are fragments of Saxon work, showing that this is a very old church indeed.

The 15th century tower can be seen for a considerable distance across the fields, and is surmounted by a little timber spire.

There is a 15th century octagonal font.

John Winthrop, the first Governor of Massachusetts, was married here in 1605.

John Harriott, an adventurer who established the Thames river police, was buried here.

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