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St. Mary the Virgin, Newport has stood in the heart of the village for almost 800 years, with construction starting in the 13th century and continuing throughout the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. There is also evidence of an earlier church on the site.

It is a grade I listed building of great historic and architectural importance, housing a number of treasures including the "Newport Chest", a portable altar of the late 12th century.

The 15th century tower was completely rebuilt in 1858-59 following a lightning strike whilst the priest's chamber above the porch hold a library founded by Dr Thomas Bray, thought to be one of only three in Essex still in situ.

The entire church, including furniture, fittings and architectural details has been recorded by The National Association for Decorative and Fine Arts.

The 2015 Quinquennial Report by the architect identified £316,000 of work to be done. This includes professional fees but not VAT, which can be recovered for much of the work. This will bring the spend to £1 million since 2000

The building is protected by electronic security and metal work is marked with Smartwater

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