Reed Church, Hertfordshire

Reed Church is very unusual in Hertfordshire in that it is largely Saxon in origin.

It stands slightly apart from the village at one of Hertfordshire’s highest points. It is thought to have stood here since early in the 11th Century. Quoins in the nave are very good examples of Saxon ‘long and short work’ and the north doorway – from the outside at least – is very much Saxon in form. Add to this mention in the Domesday Book as long existing and we have one of only two clearly Saxon churches in the county – the other being St. Alban’s Cathedral.

The Tower is 14th Century, but may be on a Saxon base. The Chancel too is largely of this date, although the east wall and Chancel arch are from a 19th Century restructuring.

The South Porch dates to the 19th Century but encloses a 15th Century four inch thick timber and iron door.

This little church is, architecturally speaking, one of Hertfordshire’s best and is in a peaceful little corner which is typically English – despite only being a few hundred yards from the busy A10.

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