Barkway Church, Hertfordshire

Like so many English parish churches the one in Barkway has a history that goes – probably Saxon, Norman, 13th/15th Century and Victorian rebuild.

It is thought a Saxon church stood here, but a Norman one certainly did. Of the Norman church nothing now stands. The Chancel and nave were rebuilt in the 13th Century, with a tower, aisles and clerestory being added in the 15th.

In 1861 two local landowners decided to restore the church. However, they were not architects and during the work the tower collapsed and had to be rebuilt in its entirety!

So we are left with a typical English country church with its hodge-podge of different architectures and periods.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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