St Mary’s  and all Saints Church in
the Parish of Rivenhall & Silver End
The Church at the Heart of the Village of Rivenhall

 Welcome to the Web site of  the Benefice of Rivenhall and Silver End.  This website covers the day to day services and events related to the churches of St Mary’s and All Saints Rivenhall and St Francis Church Silver End.  Links to the website for St Francis Church and to the Rivenhall parish website can be found below.

The History of Rivenhall


Until the early part of this century, the church stood in virtual isolation. In 1848 grave digging located the walls and floor of a Roman villa and in 1951-1952 excavations uncovered more of the villa.


In 1971 a small excavation against the south wall of the chancel resulted in evidence of a pre-historic occupation of the site dating from the late Iron Age, and above this the remains of a first century A.D. roman masonry building.  Its foundations were shown to be two periods Saxon and 14th century.  This extended the known history of the church back beyond the earliest recorded historical date of 1185. There have probably been Christians worshipping at the site since at least 800 AD and probably earlier.

By the 19th century Rivenhall church had an early Georgian tower and window at the west end.  However, in 1837-39 Lord Western of Felix Hall, Kelvedon, gutted the structure and totally remodelled both its internal and external appearance.  Brick, plaster and cement were the only materials used.


Later, the Curate the Rev’d Bradford Hawkins, purchased from Chenu in France some 12th century stained glass now contained in the East window.


The Parish of Rivenhall

Where to Find Us:-

Church Road

Rivenhall

CM83PH


Useful Links

Rivenhall Parish Council

Contact Rivenhall Parish Council  

http://www.rivenhallparishcouncil.net/



Chelmsford Diocese www.chelmsford.anglican.org

Rivenhall Playing Fields Association

http://www.rivenhallvillagehall.co.uk

St Nicholas Witham -Witham Team Ministry

St Francis Church Silver End www.st-francis.org.uk

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Festival of St Mary

The Weekend of the 13th and 14th of August

Sat 13th St George’s Umpa Band

2 pm at St Mary’s

An Afternoon concert in the Church or outside weather  permitting refreshments provided


A weekend of events To Celebrate our Patron Saint the Virgin Mary

Including

Gift Day and Flower Festival
Saturday, Children's Activities