Theydon Bois

Pages 230-231

An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 2, Central and South west. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1921.

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92. THEYDON BOIS. (C.d.)

(O.S. 6 in. lviii. N.W.)

Theydon Bois is a parish and village 2 m. S. of Epping.


(1). Parish Church of St. Mary stands in the village. The old church stood next to Theydon Hall and the churchyard still marks the site. The present building was erected in 1850–1. It contains from the old church the following fittings—Bells: three; 2nd by John Danyell, inscribed, " Sancta Margareta ora pro nobis," 15th-century; 3rd, founder unknown, 1567. Royal Arms: In nave—on S. wall, square wooden panel with pediment, Stuart arms with initials I.R. (for James I.); in pediment, " God save the King": painting restored.

On a barn at Theydon Hall is a Weather-vane with a very large barbed arrow, early 18th-century, and apparently the vane shown on the old church spire in Ogbourne's view of the church.

Condition—Good, re-built.


(2). Homestead Moat, ¾ m. N.E. of the church.

(3). Parsonage Farm, house, about 2/3 m. E.S.E. of the church, is of two storeys, timber-framed and plastered; the roofs are tiled. It was built probably early in the 16th century and has a small modern addition at the S. end. The upper storey projects on the W. front and has an original moulded bressumer and exposed timber-framing. Inside the building are some original moulded beams, a doorway with moulded jambs and four-centred head, and an original window with diamond-shaped mullions.

Condition—Poor when visited, but completely renovated in 1920.

(4). Blackacre Farm, house, ½ m. S.S.E. of the church, is of two storeys with attics; the walls are timber-framed and plastered; the roofs are tiled. It was built early in the 17th century. On the E. front is a gable at each end, and at the N. end the upper storey projected but has been under-built. One chimney-stack has the bases of two original octagonal shafts; another stack has an original moulded capping and modern shafts. Inside the building are two original oak fireplaces flanked by male and female terminal figures; the late 17th-century staircase has moulded hand-rails and turned balusters and newel posts.