The church building you see today is the outcome of two rebuildings in the 19th century and reflects the changing architectural styles of the period in the gothic of the aisles, and the late Victorian gothic revival of the chancel and nave.
Only the West tower is earlier, of 1630, rebuilt on its mediaeval base, possibly to accommodate the newly fashionable change-ringing of bells. This very substantial tower, surmounted by its Hertfordshire ‘spike’, now has an extensive ring of ten bells.
Booking the church
St Mary’s Church is a place for the worship of God and quiet reflection. As a service to the community as a whole, the building is also let to groups whose aims are to further the enjoyment of the arts.
The Church is a sacred building and we ask that all users treat it with respect. Furniture or other objects should only be moved with the permission of the Vicar or other church officer and must be replaced neatly at the end of the booking.
There is an hourly charge for lettings to cover some of the costs incurred including cleaning, lighting, heating etc. This charge is levied for the total duration of the booking including time for setting up, rehearsals, performance and clearing up.
If you are interested in booking the church building for an activity, please contact the Church Office in the first instance.