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St. Peters Church

St. Peter's Church in Church Road, Thundersley is of mixed Norman and English architecture and stands at the top of the hill commanding a prospect of wide extent over the Thames Estuary.

The original Church was built in 1120 and dedicated to St. Michael but, on Christmas Day 1209 it was burnt down on the orders of King John and rebuilt over a period of twenty years and dedicated to St. Peter in 1235. The bell tower was added at a later date to house the bell, presented to the Church, to commemorate victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588. Many of the timbers used in the construction were salvaged from the Spanish ships captured from the Armada.

St. Peters Church