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Views of Chelmsford Church

Views of Chelmsford Church

Etcher: Pugin, A.

Medium: Aquatint with etching

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 13

Item number: 11b

Length: 38.9

Width: 56.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Two views, one of the west end and the other of the east end of the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chelmsford. This late medieval parish church was well proportioned to suit the size of Chelmsford, which was at this time a prosperous market town. It replaced an earlier church, and was built in the fashionable Gothic Perpendicular style by the Bishop of London John Kemp. Unfortunately as these pictures show, in 1800 the roof and a lot of the fabric had collapsed. Here the arches are being propped up with wooden stakes. They were brought down by grave digging close to the walls. It was later rebuilt by architect John Johnson, who had built the nearby Shire Hall.

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