Ancestors lost in the crowd?
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Perhaps these articles on our website may help:
Census 1841 - 1911
Birth, Death and Marriage Registration
The London Gazette
Places to visit in Essex
- Mistley Towers
- on B1352,
- Mistley Towers is open by arrangement with
the key keeper at Mistley Quay Workshops.
Tel: 01206 393884
- Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk
Photograph by kind permission of Robert Edwards,
contributor to the Geograph Project
Two imposing square towers built by Robert Adam which were originally part of a large church since demolished.
The local landowner, Richard Rigby, Esq., died at Mistley Hall, in 1732. He directed his executors to rebuild the parish church which had long been demolished. Instead of rebuilding the old one, his son, Richard Rigby M.P., erected an new church at Mistley Thorn which was finished around 1777. It was a unique building, of the Doric order, from which rose two lofty circular domes. The church was intended to be part of a much larger grandiose scheme to recreate Mistley as a Spa Town.
The nave was demolished in 1870 leaving the two towers surrounded by the graveyard. The portico columns were moved and added to the towers as we see today. For years, the towers served as navigation points for fishing vessels on the River Stour.
Pictures of the original church are on view inside the east tower. The graveyard contains an Egyptian-style tomb and an obelisk.
It is a scheduled and listed property under the care of English Heritage.
Robert Adams' original plan for the church.
print published 1834