St Margaret's Church, Downham.

A carving on an outer building.

The fascia board is just above door and the carving is on the left
Jo Cullen
The carving of Mr Clark
Jo Cullen

I was reading through a local history interview with a Pitsea man, collected in the 1970s. This is an interesting snippet of Downham history and I am hoping that someone will be able to give me more information.

Mr Green of Pitsea
“My great grandmother came from Ramsden Heath, and her father, whose name was Clark, was the Church Warden at Downham Church. Just outside the gate of the church is a little shed and carved in the fascia board is an old man’s head. He has a beard and a bald head. This is my great grandfather. It was carved by the then parson’s daughter who was a dab hand at carving”. 

Having read this I had to go out and see for myself. The photo is attached.
Does anyone know the full name of the warden and the parson’s daughter’s name?

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  • I have heard there is a soft bark tree somewhere on the grounds of this church. I remember in school everyone used to go on about a Sponge Tree; now, after years of not remembering, I was told today that the Sponge Tree is located here at St Margaret’s Church.
    Does anyone have any more info on this?

    By jordan (02/08/2019)

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