The earliest known record of St Laurence’s is in 1100 A.D when Robert of Essex, the founder of Prittlewell Priory, granted to the priory the church of Eastwood and Sutton, although we do know the church is much older than that. Eastwood is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086. Through the centuries, Eastwood has developed from a woodland to an agricultural parish and finally to the town we know today. During the 13th-16th centuries Eastwood was used for hunting by several English kings.
The development of the church spans many centuries. The nave is thought to be the original Norman church, it dates from the 12th century. The south aisle was added in the 13th century and the north aisle in the 14th. The chancel is 13th century with a 14th century roof. The nave roof is 15th century. The brick south porch is Tudor and was added in the 16th century.
In the 1870s there was extensive refurbishment within the church when it was restored by William White. The broach spire was restored in the late 20th century. Today, St Laurence is protected as a Grade 1 listed building.
As decided by our archbishops, the church will be closed for public services until further notice. We are allowed to open the church building for private prayer at the following times
On weekday mornings from 9am-10am on Sunday mornings from 9am-12noon As a church community, we will aim to keep in touch with each other by phone and email Our Facebook page will be updated daily to help us to continue to worship together. Please follow the link below.
Please pray your own prayer or use this Keep us, good Lord under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can seperate us from your love. In Christ Jesus Amen