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From: "Andrew and Andrea Barham" <>
Subject: Re: Layer Breton
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 10:40:59 +0100
Well I hate to plug my book like this - having only been on the list for a
few days but...
"The Lost Parish Churches of Essex" by Andrew Barham (ISBN 0-86025-496-8
available through www.Amazon.co.uk or direct from the publisher: Ian Henry,
20 Park Drive, Romford, Essex RM14LH) not only has details of the church in
it (it was demolished in 1915 and was as a direct - although lingering -
result of the Earthquake of 1883) but has a reproduction of a water colour
painted of the original church in 1909 on the front cover! Have a look at my
page: http://www22.brinkster.com/barham/LostChurches.asp which gives some
more details of the churches included.
The Monumental Inscriptions lady (my apologies I have forgotten her name)
assured me that the old site has been recorded.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Feather" <>
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 8:20 AM
Subject: Layer Breton
> Dear all,
> As a result of a call from one of our members today we drove to Layer
> Breton and we found that the pleasant little church (only 80 years old)
> has no graveyard.
> A nice bloke standing nearby directed us to the side of the bridge
> (about a mile away) by Abberton Reservoir where we just found a thick
> wood with graves (some as new as 1985) completely covered in trees.
> Apparently this is where the church used to be (I do not know if they
> moved it when they flooded the valley). The helpful bloke had said that
> the wooden spire of the new church came off the old one. He also said
> that in the garden of the house opposite him was the old Quaker burial
> ground, and up on the road at the junction with Birch was a Baptist
> church and yard.
> Arthur Mee (King's England) hardly mentions the area. Are the graves
> recorded? I am not a great user of Web-sites and am happier listening to
> anecdotal material. Is there any out there? Another visit is 100 miles
> Essex Society for Family History.
> Frederick Feather