Sitting apart from the village, St. Mary the Virgin, in Matching could be described as a typical English country church. It began life in the 13th Century but was enlarged to its current size during the 14th. The tower was added during the 15th.
This is a fairly standard genesis for an English Parish Church. Just to complete the picture all was rejigged around 1875, although, for once, there seems to be no involvement from any of the Gilbert Scotts.
Although tremendously picturesque the church has very little that is remarkable about it’s history or décor. The roofs are 19th Century replacements, there is a peel of 6 bells the oldest of which dates to 1615, the youngest was added in 1887 to celebrate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
A “Hertfordshire spike” sits atop the tower and the church has much in common with those of that county, only a short hop across the M11 from here.
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