Visit Kelvedon and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Kelvedon, Essex, like its neighbour, Witham, has been bypassed by the main A12 road from London to Colchester. As a result, its l8th-century character has been preserved. There is much of earlier date, timber-framed cottages and the 17th-century Ormonde House, for example. The village runs along the old Roman road and is crossed by the River Blackwater and it was here that the famous preacher Charles Spurgeon was born in 1834. Joining the Baptists in 1850 he soon went to London where his sermons were so popular that the congregation invariably overflowed his church. His own church, the Tabernacle, was opened in 1861 and his sermons were printed and sold by the thousand. He died in 1892 and is buried at Norwood.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin has arcading of the 13th century and a l4th-century tower. It was restored in the 1870s. It contains an unusual carving of Esther and Ahasuerus which came from a local house and was probably originally brought from Flanders where it had been carved in the 17th century.
There is much to see in the High Street, good houses and shop-fronts of the 18th and 19th centuries, the chapel of 1853 and the Friends' Evangelistic House, a century earlier. Just under 1 mile north of the church is Felix Hall which was built c. 1760 and much altered later. There is a large and impressive classical portico, added c. 1830 by Lord Western and based on the Temple of Fortuna Virilis in Rome.
Nearby there is evidence of the Roman settlement of Canonium, and near the Freemasons' Hall excavations have resulted in important discoveries of Belgic and Roman material.
Nearby towns: Coggeshall, Colchester, Braintree, Halstead, Witham
Nearby villages: Aldham, Birch, Black Notley, Bocking Churchstreet, Boreham, Bradwell, Copford, Cressing, Earls Colne, Faulkbourne, Feering, Fordham, Goldhanger, Gosfield, Great Braxted, Great Horkesley, Great Tey, Great Totham, Great Wigborough, Hatfield Peverel, Heybridge, Inworth, Layer de la Haye, Layer Marney, Lexden, Little Wigborough, Marks Tey, Messing, Pattiswick, Rivenhall, Salcott, Stanway, Stisted, Terling, Tiptree, Tollesbury, Tolleshunt Knights, Tolleshunt Major, Virley, Wakes Colne, West Bergholt, White Notley, Wickham Bishops
Have you decided to visit Kelvedon or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Kelvedon bed and breakfast (a Kelvedon B&B or Kelvedon b and b)
- a Kelvedon guesthouse
- a Kelvedon hotel (or motel)
- a Kelvedon self-catering establishment, or
- other Kelvedon accommodation