Video: Paranormal Investigation - St. Peter Ad Murum Church

Description: Here Haunted Earth visit the oldest church in England of St Peter Ad Murum at Bradwell Juxta Mare, (Bradwell on Sea), Essex.

Reputedly 1,350 years old, the church was built from the ruins of the abandoned Roman Shore Fort of Othona by St Cedd when he converted the East Saxon tribes of Essex to Christianity.

The church is modelled on an early Coptic Christian design that originated in the former Christian countries of Syria and Egypt.

For many years the church was used as a cow barn until 1920 when it was re-consecrated and opened to the public.

Will Haunted Earth make contact with spiritual presences that still abound there? Tune in to find out.

Today the area is threatened by the presence of 10 off-shore wind turbines, and the re-opening and expansion of nearby Bradwell Nuclear (Magnox) Power Station which although closed by the government in 2002 they now want to re-open and increase it`s operation in the near future.

The future of this area of outstanding natural beauty looks very bleak.

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Background History - St. Peter Ad Murum Church

St. Peter-ad-Murum is one of the most astonishing survivals in England.

It stands in a remote spot by the North Sea at Bradwell-juxta-Mare, on the Dengie peninsula in Essex, where it has stood since about 650 AD.

St. Cedd was sent from Lindisfarne to evangelise the East Saxons, and built himself a church on the site of the Roman fort of Othona. It was built across the walls of the fort, thus acquiring its name, sometimes Anglicised as St. Peter-on-the-Wall.

This is the church that still stands today, which could fairly be described as England's oldest cathedral still in existence.

Over the centuries, the village moved Westwards, and the mediaeval St. Thomas' Church was built to serve the villagers in their new location.

St. Peter's drifted out of common knowledge, serving a number of puposes, including that of a lighthouse, and was for many years used by local farmers as a barn.

It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that it was recognised as being an extraordinarily ancient church. It was reconsecrated in 1920, and has regular services, being also the destination for an annual pilgrimage on the first Saturday in July.

The chapel altar was consecrated in 1985 jointly by the Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford and the Catholic Bishop of Brentwood.

The supporting pillar contains three stones representing places of importance to St. Cedd's ministry. The first is a gift from Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, where he had trained under St. Aidan. The second is a gift from Iona, where the Celtic mission to Britain had begun. The third is a gift from Lastingham in Yorkshire, where St. Cedd founded a monastery at which he died of the plague in 664.

Few people from outside Essex have visited St. Peter-ad-Murum, but it can fairly be said to be a wonderful experience.


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