7 pretty watercolour paintings of Toppesfield

St Margaret of Antioch Church - Alongside the aptly named 'Lych Gate' Cottage

St Margaret of Antioch Church - Alongside the aptly named 'Lych Gate' Cottage - Credit: Archant

Essex Life’s resident artist, James Merriott, continues his watercolour tour of Essex. This month he’s in Toppesfield

Cottage in Stambourne Road

Cottage in Stambourne Road - Credit: Archant

This home is beautifully positioned within a large, corner plot garden

Church Lane

Church Lane - Credit: Archant

Red post boxes upon their black posts are a feature I love to include in my watercolours

The Green Man Inn

The Green Man Inn - Credit: Archant

This hostelry is very conspicuous in the centre of the village with flowers and the pub sign prominent

Chestnut House

Chestnut House - Credit: Archant

With the big pollarded tree, there was an extra incentive to complete this lovely view

The Church Porch

The Church Porch - Credit: Archant

Different from most church porches I have seen, I enjoyed the eye-catching stone

The Old Village Pump

The Old Village Pump - Credit: Archant

The sturdy open cover structure provides more of a shelter for people than the pump

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