Postal Code: CM8 3LA
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Wickham Bishops is a village in the Maldon district of Essex, England lying roughly three miles South South East from the town of Witham (which has a mainline train station) on, and with access to, the main A12 road that runs through Essex. There is now just one parish church - St Bartholomew's, a small ancient structure, with a wooden turret, and standing near the river and the railway, more than a mile South West of the village. It is also on the borders of Tiptree Heath. The church was built in 1850 by the gift of Sarah Leigh, daughter of the Revd. Thomas Leigh, Rector from 1803 - 1848, in memory of her father, at a personal cost of £4,000. It replaces the old church by the river, now unused. It is built of Kentish Rag and Caen stone in the Early English style. The tower is visible from a distance of at least 5 miles. The weather cock which tops the spire is at a height of 120 feet and was re-gilded in 1989.There is a large extension churchyard on the opposite side of the road.
(text by Geoffrey Gillon)