Religious, Spiritual sights in Southeast England
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If you fancy a stroll in the park, it's worth a peek at the remains of this Franciscan church, built in the northeastern corner of the town in 1269. After dissolution in 1536 the structure became the guildhall and later a court of law, where William Blake was tried for sedition in 1804.
Thomas Becket's murder at Canterbury in 1170 was fundamental to the Brentwood's growth. The crossing point of two main roads, the town site was a stopover for a growing number of pilgrims passing on their way to Canterbury. So, the Vicar of South Weald permitted the Abbot of St Osyth to build a chapel - it was dedicated to St Thomas. Only the ruins remain.
St Michael's is a small but stunning church located right in the heart of the town centre. Historians, who are often caught marvelling at its central chancel window, believe it was built in 1199. The magnificent spire stands 37m (120ft) tall and the bell still chimes its original chime. If you're into churches, this one's a gem.