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St Michael, Myland, Colchester

Myland

  Myland (Mile End) was once a hamlet a mile from Colchester Castle. It became Colchester's 19th Century northern railway suburb, and in the 1850s the medieval parish church was abandoned and rebuilt by Edward Hakewill half a mile further north in the heart of the new housing. The old church was demolished, but its remains survive in Rectory Close, not far from the railway station.

The new church has Edward Hakewill's signature piece, a rather gloomy north aisle, but there is good glass from the 1850s by Thomas  Wilmshurst, and an interesting depiction of Anna Philippa Strong being brought before Christ in 1902 by Edward Jenkins Prest during the few brief years he was working independently, and not for Shrigley and Hunt.

Despite Hakewill's involvement, the church is atmospheric, and a little out of the ordinary. Lots of interest in the churchyard too, including the real period piece of an enamel tiled memorial beneath which the body of Basil Edmund Horsford Hall waiteth having fallen asleep 9th Sept 1859 aged 8 months.

Simon Knott, April 2018
               

looking east sanctuary (glass by Thomas Wilmshurst) font
angel of the annunciation by Thomas Wilmshurst, 1855 Anna Philippa Strong brought before Christ (EJ Prest, 1902) four cherubs by E J Prest, 1901 Christ raises Jairus's daughter and St Peter raises Dorcas by Thomas Wilmshurst, 1855 angel with a banner by Thomas Wilmshurst, 1855
St Michael Myland M U Christ raises the dead and heals the sick by Thomas Wilmshurst, 1855 Colchester Deanery M U
The Men of Myland Here the body of Basil Edmund Horsford Hall waiteth having fallen asleep 9th Sept 1859 aged 8 months laid to rest in the Military Cemetery of Vermelles

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