Watton-at-Stone Church, Hertfordshire

Entering the village from the direction of Hertford down the slope of Heath Mount you are presented with the Church of St. Andrew and St. Mary nestling amongst trees and dominating the valley of the River Beane.

Its situation makes it one of Hertfordshire’s most impressive churches, although in reality it is merely large and in a good position.

The church started out life in the 13th Century and may have been built on an earlier site of worship, but much of the work that survives today and the dedication to Saints Andrew and Mary dates to the 19th Century Victorian restoration work.

This work is - not untypically – a bit clunky and when seen up-close the church is a little bit disappointing. The interior makes up for this somewhat with a series of large and elaborate 18th Century monuments, mostly to the locally powerful Boteler (sometimes Butler) family.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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