WIN a watercolour original of Corringham’s Bull Inn

THE BULLL INN
The overhanging trees and the shadows they cast across the lane, give this scene comp

THE BULLL INN The overhanging trees and the shadows they cast across the lane, give this scene complete harmony. - Credit: Archant

James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of the county with a visit to Corringham, where he finds an idyllic composition for a village scene

AINSWORTH AND BELL COTTAGES
Wonderful varied architecture, with weather boarding, plastered walls a

AINSWORTH AND BELL COTTAGES Wonderful varied architecture, with weather boarding, plastered walls and brick. - Credit: Archant

Any lover of Essex country churches should not miss the awe-inspiring sight of St Mary The Virgin Church at Corringham.

On a visit to the village, take the left fork in the road from where Rookery Hill begins to be greeted by not only the church, but also a picturesque public house accompanied by some pretty, well cared for cottages.

CHURCH COTTAGE
The tree on the right, leaning towards the cottage contributed to the splendour of t

CHURCH COTTAGE The tree on the right, leaning towards the cottage contributed to the splendour of this landscape. - Credit: Archant

To complete the scene, the impressive Hall Farm house sits in a lovely position visible from the entrance gates.

In this quietly beautiful part of Corringham, I found everything I needed for the perfect composition located immediately before me, which is such a great help in my older years when I find it more difficult to get about on foot at times.

HALL FARM
A sturdy satisfying structure with barns and trees in the farmyard contributing impact

HALL FARM A sturdy satisfying structure with barns and trees in the farmyard contributing impact - Credit: Archant

As always, when the weather is less friendly at this time of year, I took photographs on location to then complete the paintings for this feature at home.

HALL FARM COTTAGE
Alongside the Bull Inn, painted from inside the churchyard with the beautiful chu

HALL FARM COTTAGE Alongside the Bull Inn, painted from inside the churchyard with the beautiful churchyard gates prominent in the painting. - Credit: Archant

It all added up to a perfect visit, which was not far to travel by car from where I live. I enjoyed a very rewarding time spent with the camera in Corringham, and I would encourage you to do the same.

ST. MARY THE VIRGIN CHURCH
The immense Norman structure, built without buttresses, For me the most

ST. MARY THE VIRGIN CHURCH The immense Norman structure, built without buttresses, For me the most beautiful part of the church. - Credit: Archant

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Here are the finished paintings of Corringham completed from the comfort and warmth of my own home.

You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728

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