Reprinted from the "Southend Standard," Thursday, July 29th 1954.

CHURCH MOVED SIX MILES TO NEW VILLAGE SITE Three-hour journey went without a hitch

HALF of a church, weighing ten tons and measuring 20ft., was towed from Sutton, through the streets of Rochford, to Paglesham, just before dawn on Friday. The six mile journey took three hours, but went almost without a hitch.

It was so large that the route from Sutton to Paglesham had to be measured accurately. To confusion with other traffic,the move had to be carried out in the early hours of the
It was 3.45 on Friday morning that the trolley, with its load perched precariously on top, was hooked up to a high horsepowered lorry and off it went at five miles an hour.
Three hours later it arrived at its resting place at Paglesham, all obstacles overcome.Goaded on by the advice, shouts and gesticulations of about a dozen men, the driver (who must have been a genius) got it there with hardly a scratch and without knocking anything down, except for a few tree branches here and there.
There was a very tight squeeze at the mouth of East Street, Rochford, where there was a clearance space of exactly two inches!
At Brick House Corner,Stambridge, a branch of a tree blocked the way and had. to be sawn off. After that, ably escorted by P.C. Roseblade, the Policeman for the Canewdon, Stambridge and Paglesham area, it continued the rest of the journey without any serious hitches.
Afterwards, Mr. Watson said: "I arn most, relieved to hear that it got there safely." The church will be opened on October 2nd and I hope after that we shall get a lot more Paglesham people going to church".


The second section of the church, considerably smaller than the first, was successfully moved on Wednesday morning.
It left Sutton at 4.25 a.m. and
arrived at Paglesham at 5.25 a.m.

Reason for moving the church was that for a long time Rev. H. M. Watson, the Rochford
Congregational Church Minister, had been worried about Paglesham's seeming lack of
enthusiasm for religion and church-going.
The small church there was very old and dilapidated - it was once a blacksmith's - it was cold, damp and badly lit. Only a handful of people attended,although there was no lackenthusiasm by the preacher.
Mr. D. Seefelt, of Old Leigh Road Chalkwell. Mr Watson and Mr. Seefelt considered the only

answer to their problem would be to offer the people a warm, comfortable church; hence the church moving operation this morning. A small church at Sutton, which fitted Pagleshams need perfectly, was bought with money lent by Essex Congregational Union. The building was so constructed, however, that it was impossible to take it to pieces; the only solution was to transport it as near in one piece as possible.The building was too long to take intact, so it was cut in two One section (16ft.; wide and 20ft. long) was lifted on to a trolley on Thursday.

Congregational church

NEGOTIATING PALMER'S CORNER, ROCHFORD, was,the most difficult part of a 6-mile journey made just before dawn on Friday morning, when a 10-ton section of a Congregational Church was, towed from Sutton to Paglesham. The building will replace the former church at Paglesham which was very old and dilapidated.