BRENT PELHAM CHURCH

Hertfordshire

Brent Pelham Church, Hertfordshire

This dominant and impressive church dates to an early period, although nothing has survived any earlier than the nave and chancel which are from around 1350.

The tower with its typical Hertfordshire spike is from the mid-1400s. The south porch was added in the 19th Century when the church was heavily but sympathetically restored.

In the north wall is an ancient tomb which is said to be that of a local dragon slayer, Piers Shonks, who is said to have lived here around 1086, although the tomb itself only dates to the 13th Century. Shonks was supposedly a giant of a man, as well as a dragon slayer. All of which smacks of fantasy – although when the tomb was opened it did indeed contain the skeleton of an unusually large man!

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