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West Thurrock in Essex

West Thurrock in Essex

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 13

Item number: 52

Length: 22.2

Width: 35

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

West view of St Clements, the parish church of West Thurrock, which is located in a marshy area by the Thames. During the middle ages, it was visited by pilgrims on the way to Thomas Becket's Shrine in Canterbury. During the 13th and 14th century north and south chapels were added for the use of pilgrims. The west tower dates from the 15th century and the lower half has distinctive flint and stone striped pattern, with 17th century brickwork at the top. Unusually, the original nave, is thought to be circular, which is puzzling as circular churches were usually established by the Templar and this church has no such connection.

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