Clothall Church, Hertfordshire

A pretty little church in an idyllic setting, Clothall is one of the gems of Hertfordshire’s ecclesiastical architecture. Although in itself not historically remarkable, the whole effect of this church is one of pastoral England and times past.

Much of the church dates to 1350-1370, although it appears to have been built on (and partly using) the site of an older church. The tower is considered to be right at the tail end of the 1300s and possibly into the early 1400s and there is some evidence to suggest the south wall dates from this period also.

A good deal of the interior furnishings date to the 15th, 16th and early 17th Centuries.

The Church of St Mary the Virgin is ancient standing on rising ground to the northeast of the village, built of flint rubble with stone dressings with the roofs made of lead.

During the 19th Century work was undertaken including the construction of the north vestry and the re-roofing of the nave but this work is very unobtrusive and in general it feels like Clothall Church has stood for time immemorial.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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