My Mother and Father's Wedding Day
My Mother, Minnie Winifred Greening, married my Father, Jesse Herbert Gregory, at St Mary’s The Virgin Anglican Church, Prittlewell Essex, on the 24th. of August 1918.
This old church, dates back to the Saxon period, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Early in the twelfth century Robert de Essex, the Lord of the Manor, made a grant to enable the foundation of Prittlewell Priory. It included the church and the rectorial thithes and all the emoluments of the priests serving Ptittlewell, Eastwood and Sutton.
The interior dimensions are approximately 154 feet long by 45 feet wide, and the church is dedicated to the Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary. Most of the fabric is of Kentish ragstone, and limestone from Ancaster in Linclonshire, and the earlier copper and lead roofs have now been replaced by green Westmoreland slates. In the northern wall is half of a Saxon arch, built from Roman bricks, and this is the odest part of the church.
Here is a photograph of my Mother and Father on their wedding day, and a post card depicting the church which I visited some years ago.