10 historic churches to visit in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 05:30 18 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:16 12 August 2016
If you love history and exploring then check out our guide to historic churches in Hertfordshire
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Enter through the stunning ironwork that adorns the doors of the tiny Church of St Mary the Virgin in Little Hormead and revel in over 1000 years of history. Notice the ancient wooden beams overhead, the intricatley carved font and the bell tower whose tolls can be heard across the Hertfordshire countryside. The church is located three miles east of the village of Buntingford.
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The Grade II* listed Oxhey Chapel was originally built as a private place of worship by Sir James Altham who built it in 1612. The pretty red brick and flint walls with the white hexagonal bell tower create a striking and inviting exterior and upon entering, you will find delightful 17th century features. Oxhey is two miles south of Watford and the nearest train station is Carpenders Park, a short way on foot.
St James’ Church
The lovely St James’ Church in Stanstead Abbotts is Grade I listed and has wonderful examples of 18th century interiors that are perfectly preserved. There are delicately made original stained glass windows, tall wooden pews and spot the brass plaque a knight watching over the old church. Roydon train station is one mile from this church and to drive, take the B181 four miles from Ware.
St Albans Cathedral
With the longest nave of any cathedral in England, St Albans Cathedral is one of the most well known churches in the country. This stunning cathedral is the longest running site of Christian worship in Britain. The cathedral is built on the site of St Alban’s martyrdom where you can discover the fascinating and moving history of St Alban’s fake identity, forbidden religion and ultimately, his execution.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Proudly standing in the town centre of Tring is the Church of St Peter and St Paul, built from local flint with much of its architecture from the 15th century. There is a memorial to the Great War outside the church that is thought to be the first erected in memory of those that lost their lives between 1914 and 1918, being erected in November of 1918.
St Leonard’s Church
Hertford’s oldest building St Leonard’s Church in Bengeo dates back to the early 12th century and remains as a wonderful example of a Norman village church. Notice the wall paintings that are centuries old adorning the walls with colour, reflecting stories of Christ, and the great wooden ceiling above.
The Parish Church of St Mary and St Thomas of Canterbury
With over 900 years of history, The Parish Church of St Mary and St Thomas of Canterbury in Knebworth has features from many periods, creating a fascinating interior and exterior.
St Mary’s Church, Hitchin
Adorned with wooden angels, mosaics depicting the last supper and a 15th century font standing in the centre, St Mary’s Church in Hitchin has lots to see.
St Helen’s & St Peter’s
Being the oldest church in Wheathampstead, St Helen’s & St Peter’s is a beautiful church with a tower looking over the town that dates back to 1290.
St Leonard’s Church, Sandridge
Discover the history of St Leonard’s in Sandridge: from expansions to neglect and decay, there is a long history here that is well worth exploring.