Tewin Church, Hertfordshire

The Church at Tewin is one of the oldest in central Hertfordshire. It dates to around AD 604, shortly after the Saxons converted to Christianity. The north wall of today’s church is considered to date from this early Saxon structure.

By the time the Normans had arrived, however, the church was in a poor state and around 1086 the nave and chancel were rebuilt by Peter de Valoignes of Hertford Castle who was granted this land by William I.

Further additions came around 1266 and an extensive period of rebuilding from 1377 lasted until around 1547, by which time the chancel, aisle, south porch and tower were all rebuilt or added.

As ever, the Victorians got their hands on the church and in 1864 and then again extensively in 1903 the church was heavily and occasionally clumsily renovated, which renders its appearance now to be Victorian whereas in reality it is much older than that.

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