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St Erkenwald's Church, Southend-on-Sea

St Erkenwald's church was one of Tapper's earlier designs. It was also the driving force behind my original St Erkenwald's website, which in itself, was the precursor to my Essex Churches website.

St Erkenwald's church used to scare the living daylights out of me as a child. This famous building that once stood in Southend has been described as both ugly and beautiful. Whatever you thought of it, it was bound to make an impression of some kind. Gradually, as I grew older, I became enchanted by it's uniqueness.

The church was built between 1905 and 1910. The images below show the church exterior during building, and the completed nave and chancel interior.

Exterior of St Erkenwald's   Interior of St Erkenwald's

Use the menu to the left to find out more about the architect, this church and his other churches.

Sir Walter Tapper ~ Sir Walter J. Tapper ~ Gothic Revivalist Architect ~ St Erkenwald, Southend-on-Sea ~ Church of the Annunciation, Bryanston Street ~ Church of the Ascension, Malvern Link ~ Guildford Grammar School Chapel