OF ST. MARY WITH ST. HUGH
earliest of the churches around Harlow,
it now stands in a suburb of Old Harlow (and thus a suburb of a
earliest recorded mention is in 1219 when it was the Church
of St. Mary, it has also
intermittently be known as the Church
of St. Mary and All Saints
and the Church of St. Hugh
before the current dedication was
finally arrived at.
of the current church dates to a 19th Century rebuild,
although remnants of the original structures do remain. The core of the
was built in the 1300s with the transept being added last around 1390.
chancel and vestry were added in the late 1400s. The earliest definite
is a round-headed window in the nave which dates from the 1200s.
the 1680s the church was repaired and
ornamented but in 1708 a massive fire swept through the church
roof and steeple and most of the glass. Repair work was undertaken but
majority of this work was swept away by a major restoration in 1875
removed the west tower, interior galleries, replaced the spire and
tower and windows and added the south porch.
- Andrew J. Müller
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