St. Andrew's Church, Hornchurch
Pat Manley, our Vice-
The History of St Andrew's Church
St Andrew's is the Parish Church of Hornchurch. It is listed by the Department of the Environment as a Grade 1 listed building -
The present church is built of septaria and ragstone with some brick. The North wall contains many bottles, placed both neck and base outwards. These are an interesting and unexpected addition to the masonry.
The tower is thought to have been built by William of Wykeham and the fact that it closely resembles New College, Oxford supports this theory. At the top of the West face of one of the turrets is a figure of a bishop believed to represent William.
Inside, the four bays and cylindrical columns with moulded capitals in the nave, together with the triple sedilia, piscine and hagioscope, date back to the mid 14th century.