The Gem on the Hill

St Peter's Church in Winter

By Robert Hallmann

Quite apart from its ancient history, Thundersley’s little ‘church on the hill’ – now with its modern extension not so small anymore – is one of Essex’s hidden gems, not least in winter.

In the early 1980s, at least for one still day, even the figures of St Michael and St Peter on the weathervane kept their covering of snow. For a photographer it was a delight not to be missed.

Photo:A timeless image of St Peter's church

A timeless image of St Peter's church

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Photo:St Peter's in black-and-white...

St Peter's in black-and-white...

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Photo:The now badger-ravaged churchyard was transformed.

The now badger-ravaged churchyard was transformed.

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Photo:Fire destroyed a shed or barn on Church Road between church and church hall a few days before the snow fell. Was it, as rumoured,  the Vicar's car caught up in the blaze?

Fire destroyed a shed or barn on Church Road between church and church hall a few days before the snow fell. Was it, as rumoured, the Vicar's car caught up in the blaze?

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Photo:A page from my 1984 book 'The Landscape of Britain'.

A page from my 1984 book 'The Landscape of Britain'.

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Photo:In 1998 one of the pictures of St Peter's in snow came to represent the Festive Season on the Christmas CD of the Choir of King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

In 1998 one of the pictures of St Peter's in snow came to represent the Festive Season on the Christmas CD of the Choir of King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

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Photo:Another Thundersley image from that winter. Can anyone tell me where it is or was?

Another Thundersley image from that winter. Can anyone tell me where it is or was?

© Robert Hallmann

This page was added by Robert Hallmann on 24/02/2011.
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This church is always very close to me, and just when I think I know its complete history another wonderful secret unfolds.

 Is the CD still availble? Does anyone know? I would love a copy. I have tried finding one but not much luck.

By Jon Stamp
On 24/03/2012

Hi, Jon, the only thing I can think of is to get in touch with King's College, Cambridge, direct. It's a few years ago, now. Robert

By Robert Hallmann
On 25/03/2012
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