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



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 Useful Links

Rivenhall Parish Council

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Chelmsford Diocese

Rivenhall Playing Fields Association

St Nicholas Witham -Witham Team Ministry

St Francis Church Silver End


to the Parish of Rivenhall & Silver End

Text RISE44 £5 to 70070

Events in the Build up to Christmas 2018

4th  Dec

Carols at Rivenhall Oaks Golf Club 7.30 pm

9 th Dec

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols St. Mary’s 11.00 am

13th  Dec

“Parish Get-together” Henry Dixon Hall 7.30 pm

18th Dec

Carols on the Village Green 7.30 pm

24th  Dec

Crib Service St. Francis 3 pm Crib Service St. Mary’s  4.30 pm Midnight Mass St Mary’s 11.30 pm

6th Jan 2019

Epiphany and Christingle Service St Mary’s 11 am