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Horndon Feast & Fayre

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019

(always the last full weekend in June)

High Road, Horndon on the Hill, SS17 8LD

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The Village

Church
The Church of St Peter and St Paul
The church of Saints Peter & Paul, the centre of our village, dates back to the 13th century. It is accessed via the lych-gate in Orsett Road although there is another pedestrian entrance on the corner of Mill Lane. A lych-gate is a roofed gateway at the entrance to a churchyard where, to this day, the priest meets the bodies of the dead.

The earliest part of the building was consecrated in 1230AD and a porch was added in the 15th century. A proportion of the flint, rubble & Kentish ragstone that form the main construction material are from the Roman era.

At the North/East of the building is a hole through the wall where, one theory suggests, people with infectious diseases could hear the service without coming into contact with the congregation. On the outside corner of the South/East of the church is a carved gurning face known as the "Horndon Beauty"

The most impressive feature has to be the huge timber and peg jointed structure of the belfry. If you come during the Feast & Fayre, the church looks its best as the Flower Festival includes the same weekend. The church is also open most Saturday mornings for visitors and most Sunday mornings for a service.

Woolmarket
The Woolmarket
In addition to the church there are a number of historic buildings, including: