THE SAINTS OF ESSEX COUNTY
There are at least 13 Essex Saints from Saint Helen in the 3rd century until Saint John Payne in the 16th century.
One of Britain's first churches is at Bradwell-on-Sea near Maldon, Essex. It has been a place of worship from about 650AD when it was made into one of Britain's first Christian churches by Saint Cedd who used the still standing ruins of a large Roman building and he rebuilt it as a church using bricks and other materials recovered from the Roman Fort of Othona or Ithanchester located on the same site.
Essex has an impressive faith history. The county's geography - by the sea - made it an important place of arrival and departure for pilgrims. The people of Essex, their faith and their welcoming hospitality and compassion have been important qualities from early history until today.