Laindon - St Nicholas
The nave of this Grade I listed building is believed to have been built during the 13th Century. The chancel and chapel were added during the 1330's. The south porch and bell turret are 15th century. The Bell Turret is a complex structure with one tower rising inside the other so as to support the weight of the five bells Two of the bells are 15th century and the Tenor bell dates from 1588, the year of the Spanish Armada. The three storied, wooden annex at the western end of the church is known as the Priest's House. It was built during the late Tudor or early Stuart times and contains a (possibly unique) bread oven. Sometimes the priest's house was used as a school, housing the school master and his family and often pupils as well. The church has not changed much from the early 18th century to today, apart from the addition of an organ, and repair and restoration works.