This is one of the earliest churches in Essex, a Saxon foundation in the area, Fairstead means simply a fair place.
|The quoins are of Roman and Coggeshall brick|
|Puddlestone in the foundations, something you see at Broomfield church and others. Now is this a 'pagan signature' or a builder's design. Re-use of Roman tiles is very evident alongside the flint that has been used for the walls.|
They were cleaned again by Mr Rowse in 1966. The oldest paintings, which are above the chancel arch, (early 13th century) represent the Passion of Christ. Those on the south wall depict St Christopher and a scene believed by some to represent the Shepherds and the Angel and by others the miracle of Longinus. There is, at the west end, a curious grotesque head in a horn-like headdress.