My new Essex Churches project has turned out to be rather short-lived now we’re only supposed to be making journeys which are absolutely vital. I can always come back to it once the restrictions have been eased, so today I sought out other ways to get my architecture fix.
Instead of heading to the woods I took a stroll around our village, looking for interesting buildings. Elsenham has recently seen a massive increase in new home building, most of which are architecturally pretty dull – including our house, built in 2013. However, there are some interesting older buildings too, many of which feature pargeting. This is a type of decorative plastering on the exterior which is particularly prevalent in Essex and Suffolk.
The most unusual building in the village is the old pumphouse. Built in 1896 by Sir Walter Gilbey in memory of his wife who died that year, it covered the head of the village well. It served Elsenham with water until the late 1950s, when the well shaft threatened to collapse.
During my walk I stopped at St Mary’s Church, a building I’ve photographed many times before. I didn’t go inside this time, but instead focused my camera on external features which caught my eye.
Finally, I completed my loop round the edge of the fields and past some of the older cottages in the village. There are some other buildings of interest which weren’t on my route today, but I’ll save them for another day – after all, I wouldn’t want to use up all the possibilities too quickly!
25 March 2020