The little church of Newnham is considered one of Hertfordshire’s nicest. From the outside it looks like nothing more than a pretty little country church, but inside it has a great selection of 13th-15th Century murals which are nationally important.
The church is known to have existed in the mid-12th Century and it seems to have been enlarged in both the 13th (the chancel), the 14th (the tower and south aisle) and the 15th (the south porch). The murals are known to date from at least the 14th Century and some may even be earlier. One which is most prized is the bottom half of St. Christopher – sadly the top half was destroyed by the Victorians when they re-roofed the church.
Also inside are a number of graffito including a fish and a windmill dating from the same 15-1600s period.
Unfortunately, our Victorian friends did a bit of a hatchet job on St. Vincent’s and it is today not quite the architectural gem it should be.
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