Throcking Church, Hertfordshire

Throcking Church is one of the most distinctive in the county. It began life, like so many, in the 13th Century with extensions in the 15th, including the nave and chancel.

It remained as a fairly standard small country church until the Civil War when, according to legend, Cromwell’s artillery caused massive damage to the tower. The top half of the tower was rebuilt around 1660 giving it a very odd top-heavy appearance with brick at the top and original 13th Century stone below.

All this was restored in the mid-1800s but by 1932 the parish was too small and so was amalgamated with nearby Cottered. This has led to deterioration of Throcking’s Church and recently English Heritage granted the church £78,000 to repair the leaking roof and bad flooring in the tower.

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