North End - Black Chapel
Timber framed late medieval wayside chapel near Ford End, Essex, with attached priest's house. This building has been a local landmark since at least 1347. As you see, it is not black, and there are different theories as to how it came by its name. Some say it was founded by a family called Blecche or Blatch, others assert that the church was initially run by monks who wore black robes and lived in the adjoining cottage. The chapel has always been a "peculier" chapel and is run by trustees, independantly of diocesan jurisdiction.