There has been a church on this site since Saxon times. The mound on which it rises is probably artificial and marks the meeting point of two ley lines. The present building is the third on the site. Cruciform in plan like a miniature abbey, it retains its Norman core, crossing and lower tower, completed in 1175. The chancel, transepts and nave are early English finished about 1290, probably recycling stones from the castle next door, demolished on the orders of Henry III earlier in the century. Perpendicular aisles, south porch and upper tower, with its ‘Hertfordshire Spike’, were added later. The church collection of medieval graffiti is famous; the font is almost unique and may predate the current building. There is a fine ring of six bells in the central tower, dating from 1490 to 1784. The living is in the gift of Christ’s College, Cambridge, whose fellows found it so desirable that in the 200 years from 1700-1900 there were only eight rectors.

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I started my working life in a press agency called Central Press Photos. After learning my trade in Fleet Street, I moved into more commercial and architectual work. I have also spent many a saturday chasing from one wedding to another. These days I photograph anything that takes my eye.

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the banner Audrey :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Cass23
    Cass23over 3 years ago


  • Thanks Cassandra :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 3 years ago

    Beautiful sky above the church Geoff it fits its surroundings just beautifully

  • Thanks for that Stuart.

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinover 3 years ago

  • Hi Greta, many thanks for the “Gorgeous” banner!

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Lovely shot Geoff – just love that sky.

  • Thanks Bob.

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Nick Skinner
    Nick Skinnerover 3 years ago

    Featured 17 June 2011

    - Nick

  • Many thanks for the feature and the banner Nick :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • timmburgess
    timmburgessover 3 years ago

    nice one geoff,well done on your feature…timm

  • Thanks Timm!

    – Geoff Carpenter

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