Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Ulting Church, Hoe Mill and Woodham Walter

The Church of All Saints, Ulting
Today I visited Ulting Church and the surrounding area.  The weather was sunny and dry. It was ideal for photography.  Happily the church organist let me enter the church building, which is usually locked.

Interior of The Church of All Saints, Ulting 

The organist is practising for a wedding service.

The Church of All Saints, Ulting: pulpit and nave
There has been a church on this site since the twelfth century.  The earliest records reveal that Robert Fitzwalter, Lord of the Manor at Ulting, gave the church to Beeleigh Abbey in 1299.  In 1477 a guild of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded here.  The chapel of Our Lady of Ulting became an important place of pilgrimage in medieval times. This guild was dissolved in 1548 and the guild building was demolished.  Most of the church of All Saints that we see today is the result of a Victorian  restoration in 1873.  There are, however, some remains of earlier centuries.

The lectern at Ulting Church

The west side of the Church of All Saints, Ulting

I understand that some graveyards scenes for The Woman in Black (2012) starring Daniel Radcliffe were filmed here.

The north east side of the Church of All Saints, Ulting

Ulting Church from the footpath by the River Chelmer

The classic view of Ulting Church by the Chelmer

Hoe Mill Lock

Hoe Mill Lock

The Cats Public House near Woodham Walter and Hoe Mill  Lock

The Bell at Woodham Walter
Apparently this public house dates back to the 16th century.  It was photographed in 1903 by Francis Frith, whose photographic work is currently the subject of a TV programme by John Sergeant on BBC 2.

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