Roydon - St Peter
A church has stood on this site in the heart of Roydon for over a thousand years. St Peter's is built of flint, with the earliest parts of the church dating back to around 1330. The tower is late 14th century with angled buttresses and battlements. Unfortunately, most of the south side of the church is obscured by a cemented hall added in 1971 in a stunning act of philistinism. The chancel of the church was redesignated the Colte Chapel, named after the wealthy local Colt family, in a modernistic re-ordering of the church c1970. The altar from the chancel has been relocated, rather unconventionally, in the middle of the north aisle's north wall. It leaves the church with a strangely unfocussed 'boxy' feeling, and flies in the face of 2000 years of this isles' Christian tradition of east-west alignment. where east represents the rising sun, a symbol of resurrection.