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Some way from the traffic hot spot of Little Hadham crossroads outside the village near the impressive Hall. The tower is of about 1400, with a late medieval south porch and a brick built transept of the late 16th century. The interior still has some box pews and a three decker pulpit.
Hadham Ford is a southern outlier of Little Hadham. The chapel appears to have been disused for a number of years (Google streetview shows it so in 2009 judging by the state of the now gone notice board). The adjacent hall is now a private house. The chapel was built 1874-75 and designed by John Sulman who went on to be a prominent architect in Australia. An application for conversion to a house was made in January 2017.
This page is under construction and is subject to addition, editing and change.
Dissent in Hertfordshire has a long history and discovering where buildings were and if they are still there is a complicated matter.
This page is an attempt to assimilate a variety of published secondary sources to give a listing of buildings both in and out of use and lost. The former two categories have a page on this site, the third will only be listed here.
The sources used are:
Burg, Judith ed. Religion in Hertfordshire 1847-1851. Hertfordshire Record Society, 1995. This reproduces the results of two important surveys:
Upton, William. Statistics of the Religious Condition of the County of Hertford, collected for the Hertford Union [1847 and 1848] (US in the chart below)
Office of the Registrar General. Census of Great Britain 1851. Religous Worship in England and wales. Report and Tables, HMSO, 1851. (EC in chart below)
Ruston, Alan. Non-conformity in Hertfordshire: A guide to sources for local and family historians; Special Publication no. 6. Hertfordshire Family History Society, 2005 (reprinted with additions 2011) Sources for research, selected lists from directories and list of published guides and sources.
Urwick, William. Memorials of nonconformity in Herts. Hazel, Watson and Viney, 1884. This lists and discusses all non-conformists meeting licensed according to the Dissenters’ Act 1689. Many of these were private houses, farm buildings etc and these are outside the scope of this site. (U in the chart below)
I have spent some time at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies looking through their information files and directories.
This list will doubtless contain errors and duplications and will continue to be updated. Together with the locking guide and lost churches sections for Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches there should be a complete list of Christian church buildings in Hertfordshire
|Location||Address||Denomination||Chapel Name||Urwick||Upton||Census||Directory||Date||Current Status||Notes|
|Abbots Langley||Kitters Green||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||1881||Current||Current|
|Aldbury||General Baptist||Lower Chapel||U||US||EC||1841||Unknown|
|Anstey||Barkway Road||Primitive Methodist||US||Lost||The Primitive Methodist chapel at Anstey was a wooden building set back from the road. By the date of the photograph in 1997 it was derelict and part demolished. When it was built is uncertain, but there is map evidence; it is marked as “Methodist Chapel (Primitive)” on the 1876 and 1898 OS maps. It had closed by 1921.|
|Ashwell||Mill Street||Particular Baptist||EC||1847||Current|
|Ashwell||Primitive Methodist||U||Lost||Methodist services were being held in Ashwell at least from 1799. The house of Francis Gentle at Ashwell was certified in February We have little information about the chapel in West End, but it wouldn’t exist before 1820 and it does not show on the 1841 Tithe map, but was built before 1861. From the above it would not have been used as a chapel after 1932.1824 as a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. A church was erected in 1833 and rebuilt in 1880. The last services were held in September 1977 and the building demolished in 1980 for housing development In 1970 this society was transferred from the Biggleswade circuit to the newly formed Hitchin and Letchworth circuit [see NM4].By 1890 there was also a small Primitive Methodist chapel in the village attached to the Hitchin Primitive Methodist Station. It was closed in 1903|
|Ashwell||Wesleyan||US||1833||House||The new Wesleyan chapel was built in the High Street in the 1880’s. Membership included a school mistress, who was the organist, several wheelwrights, a butcher, a baker and a number of working class people. The minister was responsible for a circuit of several chapels. Other dedicated men in the area, known as local preachers, conducted morning and evening services at their own or other chapels in the circuit. The singing at the services was loud and went with a swing, compared to the parish church where the singing was slow and deliberate. After 1945 church attendances were in decline, and with the building ageing and the cost of repairs rising it became more difficult to maintain the chapel. In 1977 the membership decided to amalgamate with the Ashwell United Reformed Church, so in 1979 the chapel was sold, pulled down and houses built on the site. Up the footpath, twitch well, from the High Street to Silver Street you can see part of the chapel wall and some of the commerative stones.|
|Ashwell||Silver Street||Friends Meeting House||Lost||called back street burnt down 1850. Burial ground still there. Its position was roughly at the top of the steps which lead from Silver Street to Angell’s Meadow. To the right is the walled area of the burial ground, the headstones rather overgrown.|
|Ayot Green||Wesleyan||Unknown||south of church|
|Babbs Green||Wesleyan Methodist||House||Methodist chapel next door, Wesleyan House that we understand was built in 1890. The property has a date stone of 1891 and up to the early 60’s was still used for church purposes as well as the chapel itself. It wasn’t until 1968 that both properties were sold to the same family and owned independently after refurbishment and modernisation. Our client has lived in the property since the refurbishment in 1968.|
|Baldock||Norton Street||Primitive Methodist||U||EC||1847||Commercial||Conversion of two cottages|
|Baldock||White Horse St||Wesleyan Methodist||U||EC||1795||current|
|Benington||Primitive Methodist||EC||pre 1800|
|Berkhamsted||Castle Street||Congregational||U||US||1834||replacing 1780|
|Berkhamsted||High street||General Baptist||U||US|
|Berkhamsted||High street||Primitive Methodist||U|
|Berkhamsted||Prospect St||Wesleyan Methodist||U||f||1847|
|Berkhamsted||Water Lane||General Baptist||EC||pre 1800||enlarged 1840|
|Bishops Stortford||South Street||Particular Baptist||U||US||EC|
|Bishops Stortford||South Street||Wesleyan Methodist||U|
|Bishops Stortford||Water lane||Independent||US||EC|
|Bishops Stortford||Protestant Dissenters||U|
|Bishops Stortford||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||EC|
|Bushey||Bushey Heath||Independent Hyper Calvinist||US|
|Bushey||Independent||US||EC||1850||replaced 1814 building|
|Cheshunt||College||Countess of Huntingdon||EC|
|Chipping||Meeting House||Independents||U||EC||By field near Countryman. 1844 or 1845 now Mission Hall|
|Croxley Green||Primitive Methodist||U|
|Essendon||Bedwell Park Chapel||US|
|Flamstead||Markyate Street||Particular Baptist||First Methodist||U||US||EC||pre 1800|
|Furneux Pelham||Independent||EC||House built on site 1986|
|Gaddesden Row||Gaddesden Place, Flamstead||Wesleyan Methodist||U||EC||1845|
|Gaddesden Row||Particular Baptist||EC||1845|
|Great Munden||Frogs hall||Primitive Methodist||EC|
|Great Amwell||Stanstead valley||Primitive Methodist|
|Hare Street||Wesleyan Methodist||U|
|Harpenden||Bowling Alley||Primitive Methodist||U|
|Harpenden||Lane opp Stackhouse lane||Independents||U|
|Harpenden||Wesleyan Methodist||Centenary||U||US||EC||1839||replaced a pre 1800 building|
|Hatfield||Park Street||Protestant Dissenters||U||US||Headstones from chapel in Park Close, Old Hatfield|
|Hemel Hempstead||Box lane||Independent||Salem||US||EC||1714|
|Hemel Hempstead||Box moor||Baptist||U||US|
|Hemel Hempstead||Boxmoor||Particular Baptist||EC|
|Hemel Hempstead||Bucket lane, market Street||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||EC||1839|
|Hemel Hempstead||Cowper Road, Crouchfield||Primitive Methodist||U||EC||1849|
|Hemel Hempstead||Lower Cross Road||Reformed CoE||U|
|Hemel Hempstead||Lower Marlowes||Primitive Methodist||U|
|Hemel Hempstead||Main road to Markyate Street||Particular Baptist||U|
|Hemel Hempstead||new Road||Congregational||U||US|
|Hemel Hempstead||Queen Street||Dissenters||U||EC||1836|
|Hemel Hempstead||Queen Street||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US|
|Hemel Hempstead||Two Waters||Wesleyan Methodist||U||EC||1846|
|Hemel Hempstead||Water End||EC|
|Hertford||Railway St||Countess of Huntingdon||bethel||U|
|Hertford||St Andrew St||Particular Baptist||Ebenezer||U||EC|
|Hertford Heath||Countess of Huntingdon||U||EC|
|Hinxworth||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||EC||1829||A site for a chapel was purchased in 1831 for £7 raised by public subscription. This building was demolished in 1863 and a new chapel erected on the same site. The church was closed in 1970 and the premises sold in 1975.|
|Hitchin||Back street||Congregational||pre 1800|
|Hitchin||Bancroft Street||Independents||EC||c1848||Converted to chapel|
|Hitchin||Brand Street||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||EC||1834|
|Hitchin||Hitchin Hill||Baptist||Bethel||US||pre 1800|
|Hitchin||Park street||Particular Baptist||Mount Sion||U|
|Hitchin||Queen street||Particular Baptist||U|
|Hitchin||Walsworth Road||General Baptist||U||US|
|Hoddesdon||Ware Road||Independents||Burial Ground Chapel||U||EC|
|Kings Langley||Langley Common||Primitive Methodist||U|
|Kinsbourne Green||Wesleyan Methodist||U|
|Letchmore Heath||Herts Union Room||US|
|Little Hadham||The Ford||Independents||U||US||EC|
|Little Wymondley||Wymondley House||Protestant Dissenters||U||US||1801|
|Long Marston||Cheddington Lane||Baptist||Ebenezer||U||US|
|Long Marston||Particular Baptist||U|
|Long Marston||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||EC||1829|
|Mill End||Baptist||Ebenezer||US||pre 1800|
|Nash Mills||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||EC||1838|
|Newgate Street||Primitive Methodist||EC|
|Newnham||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||1835||Village hall built on the site|
|Northchurch||Bell lane||Particular Baptist||EC||1840|
|Redbourn||Library Lane||Primitive Methodist||Mount Zion||U||1835|
|Rickmansworth||High street||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||EC||1841|
|Royston||New meeting||Independents||U||EC||There had been a meeting of Protestant dissenters in Royston since 1700. In 1706 the Old Meeting House was erected in the Middle Row in Kneesworth Street. In 1790 a dispute arose over doctrine and a group withdrew from the Old Meeting, to form a new Meeting. In 1791 a New Meeting house was built on another site in Kneesworth Street. The two Meetings continued to worship side-by-side until 1841, when a new building was erected for the Old Meeting in John Street and opened in 1843. The former building was converted into private houses. The two Meetings combined in May 1922 to form the Royston Congregational Church, which continued to meet in the New Meeting House in Kneesworth Street. The buildings in John Street were sold. In 1972, Royston Congregational Church, became Royston United Reformed Church, which closed c1982. The [school] buildings in Kneesworth Street are now used as a museum.|
|Sarratt||Daws lane||Particular Baptist||U||US||EC||1845|
|Sawbridgeworth||London Road||Baptist & Independent||US||EC|
|St Albans||Dagnall Lane||Baptist||U||US|
|St Albans||Dagnall lane||Temperance||US||EC||1846|
|St Albans||Sopwell lane||Primitive Methodist||EC||1845|
|St Albans||Spice St||Independent||US||1811||replaced building in Sweet Briar lane in 1796|
|St Albans||Verulam Road||Particular Baptist||Bethel||U|
|St Albans||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||EC||1842|
|Stanstead Abbots||Chapel lane||Countess of Huntingdon||U||EC|
|Tring||Akeman Street||Particular Baptist||U||EC||1808|
|Tring||Aylesbury Rd||Primitive Methodist||U|
|Tring||New Mill||Particular Baptist||U||US||EC||1818||1689|
|Tring||West End||Particular Baptist||Ebenezer||U|
|Tring||Particular Baptist||West End||EC||1840|
|Trowley Bottom||Primitive Methodist||U||US||house|
|Ware||New Road||Particular Baptist||Zoar||U||50 New Road|
|Ware||New Road||Wesleyan Methodist||U||US||EC|
|Watford||care Place||Primitive Methodist||U|
|Watford||Clarendon Road||Baptist||U||US||EC||1835||Replacing 1707|
|Watford||Loates Lane||Particular Baptist||U|
|Watford||St Johns Road||Congregational||U||US|
|Watton at Stone||Wesleyan||1846||current||Dwelling House|
|Whitwell||Free Church of England||St Mary||U||US||1800||house|
14 Sep 2017 United Reformed Church, Harpenden. Interiors added.
14 Sep 2017 Southdown Methodist Church, Harpenden. Interiors added.
14 Sep 2017 Friends Meeting House, Harpenden. Interiors added.
14 Sep 2017 United Free Church, Radlett. Interiors added.
8 Sep 2017 St Peter. Ayot St Peter. New interiors and exteriors added.
8 Sep 2017 Christ Church Baptist, Welwyn Garden City. Interiors added.
8 Sep 2017 St John the Evangelist, Digswell. New interiors added.
8 Sep 2017 Holy Family, Digswell. Interiors added.
30 Aug 2017 St Etheldreda, Hatfield. Many new interiors added.
30 Aug 2017 St Barnabas, Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead. Interiors added.
30 Aug 2017 Our Lady Queen of all Creation, Hemel Hempstead (Roman Catholic) Interiors added.
30 Aug 2017 Holy Cross and St Alban, Brickedendon. New interiors and exteriors added.
22 Jul 2017 St Nicholas, Elstree. Interiors added
11 Jul 2017 Friends Meeting House, Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City. Interiors added.
23 May 2017 St Michael and All Angels, Waterford. New set of images added.
13 Apr 2017 St Andrew & St George, Stevenage. Interiors added.
27 Mar 2017 All Saints, Kings Langley. Complete new set of images.
11 Mar 2017 Community of the Twelve Apostles, Kentish Lane, Woodhill (Greek Orthodox) Updated interiors showing wall paintings and icons recently added.
5 Mar 2017 Methodist Church, Pirton. Interiors added.
30 Dec 2016 Our Lady, Queen of Apostles,, Welwyn Garden City. Interiors added.
4 Nov 2016 United Reformed Church, Walkern. Interiors added.
13 Oct 2016 St Hugh of Lincoln RC Church, Letchworth. Interiors added.
13 Oct 2016 Letchworth Free Church. Interiors added
6 Oct 2016 United Reformed Church, Buntingford. Interiors added
6 Oct 2016 St Paul, Letchworth Garden City. Interiors added.
6 Oct 2016 St Thomas, Letchworth Garden City. Interiors added.
6 Oct 2016 St Paul, Letchworth Garden City. Interiors added.
25 Sep 2016 St John, South Hatfield. Interiors added.
20 Sep 2016 St John the Baptist, Aldenham. Expanded set of interiors added.
16 Sep 2016 Quaker Meeting House, The Alleys, St Mary’s Road, Hemel Hempstead. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2016 Carey Baptist Church, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2016 St Francis of Assisi, Hammerfield, Hemel Hempstead. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2016 Methodist Church, Northridge Way, Hemel Hempstead. Interiors added.
16 Sept 2016 St Alban, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2016 St Stephen, Chaulden, Hemel Hempstead. Interiors added.
9 Sep 2016 St Peter & St Paul, Little Gaddesden. New set of interiors and exteriors
2 Sep 2016 St Mary, Rickmansworth. New interiors and exteriors added.
25 Jul 2016 All Saints, Batford, Harpenden. Interiors added.
29 Jun 2016 Poles Convent Chapel (Hanbury Manor Hotel). Interiors added.
29 Jun 2016 St Mary, Thundridge. New interiors added
29 Jun 2016 St John the Evangelist, High Cross. New interiors added
28 Jun 2016 Holy Trinity, Frogmore. Interiors added.
28 Jun 2016 St Luke, Bricket Wood. Interiors added
17 Jun 2016 Great St Mary, Sawbridgeworth. New interiors added.
17 Jun 2016 St James, High Wych. New interiors added.
16 Jun 2016 Holy Trinity, Bishops Stortford. Interiors added.
16 Jun 2016 Baptist Church Centre, Bishops Stortford. Interiors added.
10 May 2016 St Paul, Cheshunt. Interiors added.
25 Mar 2016 Holy Saviour, Hitchin. New set of interiors added.
25 Mar 2016 United Reformed Church, Welwyn Garden City. Interiors added.
6 Mar 2016 Transfiguration of our Lord, Stevenage. Interiors added.
6 Mar 2016 Methodist Church, High Street, Stevenage. Interiors added
19 Feb 2016 Bushey & Oxhey Methodist Church. Interiors added.
24 Jan 2016 St Nicholas, Great Munden. Interiors added
20 Dec 2015 St Leonard, Sandridge. New interiors added
20 Dec 2015 St Andrew, Much Hadham . New set of interiors and exteriors
23 Sep 2015 St Andrew, Bramfield. Interiors added.
17 Sep 2015 Leaside Church, Ware. Interiors added.
17 Sep 2015 St Andrew, Stanstead Abbots. Interiors added.
17 Sep 2015 St James, Stanstead Abbots. Extra interiors added.
17 Sep 2015 Hoddesdon Methodist Church. Interiors added.
17 Sep 2015 St Catherine & St Paul, Hoddesdon. New interiors added.
17 Sep 2015 St Laurence, Wormley. Interiors added.
17 Sep 2015 Cheshunt Free Church. Interiors added.
17 Sep 2015 Christ Church, Waltham Cross. Interiors added
16 Sep 2015 Waltham Cross Baptist Church. Interiors added.
13 Sep 2015 Beechen Grove Bbaptist Church, Watford Interiors added
4 Jul 2015 St Cecilia, Little Hadham. Extra interiors added
21 Jun 2015 St Oswald, Croxley Green. Interiors Added
21 May 2015 Baldock Methodist Church. Interiors added.
20 Apr 2015 Berkhamsted Baptist Church. Interiors added.
31 Mar 2015 St John the Baptist, Harpenden. Interiors added
29 Mar 2015 St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs, Royston. Interiors added.
20 Mar 2015 Christ Church, Radlett. Exteriors added
14 Mar 2015 St Peter, Broadwater, Stevenage. Interiors added.
14 Mar 2015 Tilehouse Street Baptist Church, Hitchin. Interiors added.
8 Mar 2015 St Mary, Thundridge. Interiors added
8 Mar 2015 St Mary & St Joseph, St Johns Road, Boxmoor. Interiors added
4 Feb 2015 St Francis of Assisi. Welwyn Garden City. Extra interiors and exteriors added.
19 Jan 2015 St Mary, Ashwell. Many extra interiors added.
19 Nov 2014 Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans. Interiors added.
19 Nov 2014 St Luke, St Albans. interiors added.
16 Nov 2014 Hertford Methodist Church. Interiors added.
5 Nov 2014 St John the Baptist, Markyate. Interiors added.
24 Oct 2014 St Mary, Baldock. New interiors and exteriors added.
24 Oct 2014 Dagnall Street Baptist Church, St Albans. New interiors and exteriors added.
8 Oct 2014 St Joseph and the English Martyrs, Bishops Stortford. Interiors added.
6 Oct 2014 St Margaret, Ridge. Interiors added and description updated.
5 Oct 2014 St Giles, South Mimms. Extra interiors added.
2 Oct 2014 St Edmund of Canterbury, Old Hall Green. More exteriors and nearby previous chapel added.
28 Sep 2014 St Stephen, St Albans. Interiors added.
26 Sep 2014 St Mary, Childwick Green. Interiors (taken from inside rather than through window) added.
24 Sep 2014 St Nicholas, Stevenage. New interiors and exteriors added.
24 Sep 2014 St Mary, Little Wymondley. New interiors and exteriors added.
24 Sep 2014 St Mary, Great Wymondley. New interiors and exteriors added.
18 Sep 2014 St Michael and All Angels, Watford. Interiors and previous church added.
18 Sep 2014 St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Borehamwood. Interiors and previous church added.
16 Sep 2014 The Good Shepherd, Shenley. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2014 St Mary the Virgin and All Saints, Potters Bar. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2014 St John the Evangelist, Lemsford. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2014 St Luke, Hatfield. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2014 St Michael & All Angels, Hatfield. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2014 St Mary Magdalene, Welwyn Garden City. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2014 Christ the King, Welwyn Garden City. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2014 Digswell Village Church. Interiors updated.
16 Sept 2014 St Giles, Codicote. Interiors added.
16 Sep 2014 All Saints, Pin Green, Stevenage. New exteriors, description and interiors added.
16 Sept 2014 St Hugh & St John, Chells, Stevenage. Interiors added.
8 Sep 2014 Corpus Christi, Tring. Interiors added.
6 Sep 2014 Christchurch, Watford. Interiors added.
4 Sep 2014 Churches in Hitchin and Watford added to the Lost Churches page.
1 Sep 2014 Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew, Hitchin. Interiors added.
1 Sep 2014 St Paul, Hunton Bridge. Interiors added.
1 Sep 2014 St John the Evangelist, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead. Interiors added.
1 Sep 2014 St Mary, Apsley End. Interiors added.
1 Sep 2014 St Saviour, St Albans. Interiors updated.
1 Sep 2014 St Peter, St Albans. Extra interiors and exteriors added.
31 Aug 2014 St Mark, Watford. Interiors added.
31 Aug 2014 St Etheldreda, Hatfield. Extra interiors and exteriors added.
31 Aug 2014 Marychurch, Old Hatfield. Interiors and new exteriors added. Description updated.
27 Aug 2014 St Michael & All Angels, Waterford. Extra interiors added.
26 Aug 2014 St Faith, Hexton. Extra interiors and exteriors added, description updated.
26 Aug 2014 St Nicholas, Hinxworth. Extra interiors and exteriors added, description updated.
26 Aug 2014 St Mary, Hitchin. Extra interiors and exteriors added, description updated.
26 Aug 2014 St John the Evangelist, High Cross. Extra interiors and exteriors added.
26 Aug 2014 St Augustine, Hoddesdon (Roman Catholic). Extra interiors and exteriors added.
26 Aug 2014 St Dunstan, Hunsdon. Extra interiors and exteriors added.
25 Aug 2014 St Mary, Hertingfordbury. Extra interiors added.
22 Jul 2014. All Saints, Radwell. New exteriors and interiors added.
11 Jul 2014. Taking Stock website link added to most Roman Catholic Church entries, some descriptions updated.
4 July 2014 St Peter, Gustard Wood. new exteriors taken is sunny weather added.
4 July 2014 St Peter and St Paul, Kimpton. More interiors added and description updated.
27 Jun 2014 Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew, Hitchin. More exteriors added.
24 Jun 2014 Immaculate Conception and St Joseph, Hertford (Roman Catholic). Extra interiors and exteriors added and description updated.
22 Jun 2014 Ayot St Lawrence New Church. Extra interiors added.
22 Jun 2014 Ayot St Lawrence, Old Church. Extra pictures added.
22 Jun 2014 St Cuthbert, Rye Park. Interiors added. Description updated.
22 Jun 2014 St Andrew, Watford. Interiors and new exteriors added. Description updated.
22 Jun 2014 All Saints, Leavesden. Interiors and post restoration exteriors added and description updated
22 Jun 2014 Church of the Ascension, Bedmond. Interiors added.
16 Jun 2014 St Andrew, Little Berkhamsted. More interiors added, description updated.
15 Jun 2014 St James, Goffs Oak. Interiors and more exteriors added.
15 Jun 2014 St Mary, Cheshunt. Interiors added
15 Jun 2014 All Saints, Little Munden. Interiors added, description updated.
7 Jun 2014 St John the Evangelist, Bourne End. Interiors added.
2 Jun 2014 St John Fisher and St Thomas Moore, Borehamwood. Interiors added.
2 Jun 2014 All Saints, Borehamwood. Interiors added.
26 May 2014 St Mary, Bayford. Interiors added
25 May 2014 St Mary, Tonwell. Description updated and expanded
Look here to see if there is a chance of getting into a church (Church of England, Roman Catholic & Orthodox).
Open indicates generally open during at least 10:00-1500 Mon-Fri.
Locked indicates normally locked, where there is advertised limited opening this is listed under notes.
n/a indicates a church now in private hands and so no access should be assumed.
However this is a guide (updated 14 Sept 2017) and based on personal observation and must not be taken as definitive.
If a church is locked, Saturday morning can be a good time to try as it is often church cleaning time.
I am happy to receive comments or amendments.
|Abbots Langley||St Lawrence||CofE||Open|
|Abbots Langley||St Saviour||RC||Locked|
|Aldbury||St John the Baptist||CofE||Open|
|Aldenham||St John the Baptist||CofE||Open||A sign in the porch dated May 2016 suggests that they try to be open, but it is not guaranteed.|
|Allens Green||St Anne||CofE||n/a||Private housing – exterior viewable from road|
|Apsley End||St Mary||CofE||Locked||Open Sat 10-12|
|Ardeley||St Lawrence||CofE||Locked||Keyholders advertised. Open Sat/Sun 10-4|
|Ashwell||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Ayot St Lawrence||St Lawrence||CofE||Open|
|Ayot St Lawrence||St Lawrence old church||CofE||n/a||Accesible|
|Ayot St Peter||St Peter||CofE||Locked||keyholders listed on door|
|Baldock||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open||Closed on Saturday afternoons|
|Barkway||St Mary Magdalene||CofE||Open|
|Barley||St Margaret of Antioch||CofE||Open|
|Bedmond||Church of the Ascension||CofE||Locked|
|Bengeo||St Leonard||CofE||Locked||Open Sat 1030-1, Sun 2.30-5 June to Sept 2017|
|Bentley Heath||Holy Trinity||CofE||n/a||Private – exterior viewable from road and public footpath|
|Berkhamsted||Marlin Chapel||CofE||n/a||Ruin exterior viewable from public footpath|
|Berkhamsted – Kitsbury||All Saints||CofE||Open|
|Berkhamsted – Sunnyside||St Michael & All Angels||CofE||Open|
|Bishops Stortford||Holy Trinity||CofE||Locked|
|Bishops Stortford||St Michael||CofE||Open|
|Bishop’s Stortford||St Joseph||RC||Open|
|Bishop’s Stortford – Hockerill||All Saints||CofE||Open|
|Borehamwood||St Michael & All Angels||CofE||Locked|
|Borehamwood||St John Fisher & St Thomas More||RC||Open||see comment at end of this list|
|Borehamwood||St Teresa Of The Child Jesus||RC||Open||see comment at end of this list|
|Bourne End||St John the Evangelist||CofE||Locked|
|Bramfield||St Andrew||CofE||Locked||Open Wed 10-11.30|
|Braughing||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Brent Pelham||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Brickendon||Holy Cross & St Alban||CofE||Open|
|Bricket Wood||St Luke||CofE||Locked|
|Broxbourne||St Augustine||CofE||Locked||Office onsite except Thursday|
|Buckland||St Andrew (Churches Conservation Trust)||CofE||Locked||keyholders advertised|
|Buntingford||St Peter||CofE||Locked||open Monday morning|
|Buntingford||St Richard Of Chichester||RC||Locked|
|Bushey||Sacred Heart & St John||RC||Locked|
|Bushey Heath||St Peter||CofE||Locked|
|Bygrave||St Margaret of Antioch||CofE||Locked||Has been open but locked no keyholders 20/5/15 and in Aug 2016 and May 2017|
|Caldecote||St Mary Magdalene (Friends of Friendless Churches)||CofE||Locked||keyholders listed|
|Chandler’s Cross||St Martin (former)||CofE||n/a||On private land – exterior viewable from road|
|Chesfield||St Etheldreda – ruin||CofE||n/a||Fenced off on private land – exterior viewable from public footpath|
|Cheshunt||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Locked|
|Childwick Green||St Mary||CofE||Locked||keyholders listed|
|Chipperfield||Our Lady, Mother Of The Saviour||RC||Locked|
|Chipperfield||St Paul Chipperfield||CofE||Open|
|Clothall||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Codicote||St Giles||CofE||Locked||Day chapel open|
|Colliers End||St Mary||CofE||Locked|
|Colney Heath||St Mark||CofE||Locked||Open am|
|Cottered||St John the Baptist||CofE||Open|
|Cotton Mill||St Julian||CofE||Locked|
|Croxley Green||All Saints||CofE||Open|
|Croxley Green||St Bede||RC||Locked|
|Croxley Green||St Oswald||CofE||Locked|
|Cuffley||St Andrew||CofE||Locked||Used to be open but locked on two visits in 2017, last one 9/6/17|
|Cuffley||St Martin De Porres||RC||Locked|
|Digswell||Digswell Village Church||CofE||Locked|
|Eastwick||St Botolph||CofE||Locked||keyholders advertised|
|Elstree||St Nicholas||CofE||Locked||keyholders advertised|
|Essendon||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Locked|
|Flaunden||St Mary Magdalene||CofE||Open|
|Furneux Pelham||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Gilston||St Mary||CofE||Locked||keyholders advertised|
|Goffs Oak||St James||CofE||Locked|
|Great Amwell||St John the Baptist||CofE||Locked||Open Sun pm 2.30-5 May to Sept|
|Great Gaddesden||St John the Baptist||CofE||Open|
|Great Hormead||St Nicholas||CofE||Open|
|Great Munden||St Nicholas||CofE||Locked||Privately owned. Churchyard accessible at all times|
|Great Wymondley||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Gustard Wood||St Peter||CofE||Locked|
|Harpenden||Our Lady of Lourdes||RC||Open|
|Harpenden||St John the Baptist||CofE||Open|
|Harpenden||St Nicholas||CofE||Open||Tue-Fri 10-2, Sat 9.30-12.30, notice at church 10/9/2017|
|Hatfield||St Etheldreda||CofE||Open||1-4pm, Not Mon (except Bank Hols) or Sat|
|Hatfield||St Luke||CofE||Locked||open at Weekends|
|Hatfield||St Michael & All Angels||CofE||Open||Locked during School holidays|
|Hemel Hempstead||St Mary||CofE||Locked||Open Sat 10-12 according to church notice board, beware the website says all day.|
|Hemel Hempstead – Adeyfield||Our Lady Queen Of All Creation||RC||Open||Open on 24/8/2017|
|Hemel Hempstead – Adeyfield||St Barnabas||CofE||Locked||Coffee morning Wed 1030-12|
|Hemel Hempstead – Bennetts End||St Benedict||CofE||Locked|
|Hemel Hempstead – Boxmoor||St John the Evangelist||CofE||Locked||Open Sat 10-12|
|Hemel Hempstead – Boxmoor||St Mary & St Joseph||RC||Open|
|Hemel Hempstead – Chaulden||St Stephen||CofE||Locked|
|Hemel Hempstead – Cupid Green||St Thomas||Indian Orthodox||Locked|
|Hemel Hempstead – Grovehilll||The Resurrection||CofE/RC||Locked|
|Hemel Hempstead – Hammerfield||St Francis of Assisi||CofE||Locked|
|Hemel Hempstead – Highfield||St Paul||CofE||Locked|
|Hemel Hempstead – Picotts End||All Saints||CofE||n/a||Private house, exterior viewable from road|
|Hemel Hempstead – Warners End||St Alban||CofE||Locked|
|Hemel Hempstead – Warners End||St Mark||RC||Locked|
|Hertford||St Mary the Less (architectural fragments)||CofE||Open||Accesible at all times on public road|
|Hertford Heath||Holy Trinity||CofE||Open|
|Hexton||St Faith||CofE||Locked||keyholders advertised|
|High Cross||St John the Evangelist||CofE||Locked|
|High Wych||St James The Great||CofE||Open||9.00 am – 4.00 pm, Tuesday to Friday during school term time.|
|Hitchin||Our Lady Immaculate & St Andrew||RC||Open|
|Hitchin||St Mary||CofE||Locked||Open in the morning|
|Hoddesdon||St Catherine & St Paul||CofE||Locked||Office on site|
|Hunsdon||St Francis Chapel||CofE||Locked|
|Kimpton||St Peter & St Paul||CofE||Open|
|Kings Langley||All Saints||CofE||Open||Daily 9.30-5|
|King’s Walden||St Mary||CofE||Locked|
|Kinsbourne Green||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Locked|
|Knebworth||St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury||CofE||Locked|
|Knebworth||St Thomas More||RC||Open|
|Layston||St Bartholomew||CofE||n/a||Privately owned. Parts of exterior viewable from footpaths|
|Lemsford||St John the Evangelist||CofE||Locked|
|Letchworth Garden City||St Alban||Liberal Catholic||Locked|
|Letchworth Garden City||St George||CofE||Locked|
|Letchworth Garden City||St Hugh of Lincoln||RC||Locked|
|Letchworth Garden City||St Mary||CofE||Locked|
|Letchworth Garden City||St Michael||CofE||Locked|
|Letchworth Garden City||St Paul||CofE||Locked|
|Letchworth Garden City||St Thomas||CofE||Locked|
|Letty Green||St John||CofE||n/a||Private house. exterior viewable from road|
|Leverstock Green||Holy Trinity||CofE||Locked||Open Monday 2-4, Saturday 10-12 – notice in porch 27/3/16. Keyholder numbers also listed.|
|Little Berkhamsted||St Andrew||CofE||Locked|
|Little Gaddesden||St Peter & St Paul||CofE||Open|
|Little Hadham||St Cecilia||CofE||Open|
|Little Hormead||St Marys (Churches Conservation Trust)||CofE||Locked||keyholders advertised|
|Little Munden||All Saints||CofE||Open|
|Little Wymondley||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|London Colney||All Saints Pastoral Centre||CofE & RC||n/a||Exterior viewable from grounds of Language College|
|London Colney||Our Lady, St Mary of Walsingham||RC||Locked|
|London Colney||St Peter||CofE||Locked|
|Long Marston||All Saints||CofE||Locked|
|Long Marston||All Saints – Tower only||CofE||n/a||Tower Ruin – Accesible at all times off public road|
|Markyate||St John the Baptist||CofE||Locked|
|Mill End||St John||RC||Locked|
|Mill End||St Peter||CofE||Open|
|Minsden||Minsden Chapel – Ruin||CofE||n/a||Accesible at all times off public footpath|
|Much Hadham||St Andrew||CofE/RC||Open|
|Newgate Street Village||St Mary||CofE||Locked|
|North Mymms||St. Mary||CofE||Open|
|Northaw||St Thomas a Becket||CofE||Open|
|Offley||St Mary Magdalene||CofE||Locked|
|Old Hall Green||St Edmund of Canterbury||RC||Locked|
|Old Hall Green||St Edmunds College||RC||n/a||Private – Public school chapel exterior viewable from road|
|Oxhey||St Matthews||CofE||Locked||keyholders advertised|
|Perry Green||St Thomas||CofE||Locked|
|Potten End||Holy Trinity||CofE||Open|
|Potters Bar||King Charles the Martyr||CofE||Open|
|Potters Bar||Our Lady & St Vincent||RC||Open|
|Potters Bar||St Mary the Virgin & All Saints||CofE||Locked||Open Tue – Thur 10-12. according to sign on door seen 9/6/17. Apparently when open it is locked and you have to be noticed by the steward!|
|Preston||St Martin||CofE||Locked||keyholders advertised|
|Puckeridge||St Thomas of Canterbury||RC||Locked|
|Radlett||St Anthony of Padua||RC||Open|
|Redbourn||St John Fisher||RC||Locked|
|Rickmansworth||Our Lady Help of Christians||RC||Open|
|Rickmansworth||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Ridge||St Margaret||CofE||Locked||Open 2-4 Sun pm June to Sept|
|Royston||St John the Baptist||CofE||Open|
|Royston||St Thomas of Canterbury||RC||Open|
|Rushden||Rushden: St Mary||CofE||Open|
|Rye Park||St Cuthbert||CofE||Locked||Open Tuesdays term time 9.30-12|
|Sandon||Sandon: All Saints||CofE||Open|
|Sandridge||St Leonard||CofE||Open||Now seems to be open regularly Dec 2015|
|Sawbridgeworth||Great St Mary||CofE||Open|
|Sawbridgeworth||Most Holy Redeemer||RC||Locked|
|Shenley||Church of the Good Shepherd||RC||Locked|
|Shenley||St Botolph||CofE||n/a||Private house. Parts of exterior viewable from adjacent cemetery|
|South Mymms||St Giles||CofE||Locked||keyholders advertised|
|South Oxhey||All Saints||CofE||Open|
|South Oxhey||Oxhey Chapel (Churches Conservation Trust)||CofE||Locked||Keyholders advertised (All Saints church next door)|
|South Oxhey||St Joseph||RC||Locked|
|St Albans||Cathedral and Abbey of Saint Alban||CofE||Open|
|St Albans||St Alban & St Stephen||RC||Open|
|St Albans||St Bartholomew||RC||Open|
|St Albans||St Michael||CofE||Open||Tries to be open 9.30 to 5.00 except Saturdays when it is closed|
|St Albans||St Paul||CofE||Open|
|St Albans||St Peter||CofE||Open|
|St Albans||St Saviour||CofE||Open|
|St Albans||St Stephen||CofE||Locked|
|St Albans||Christ Church||CofE||n/a||Private Offices – exterior viewable from road|
|St Albans – Cell barns||St Luke||CofE||Locked|
|St Albans – Cotton Mill||St Julian||CofE||Locked|
|St Albans – Marshalswick||St Mary||CofE||Open|
|St Albans – New Barns||Christ Church||CofE||Locked|
|St Ippolyts||St Ippolyts||CofE||Open|
|St Paul’s Walden||All Saints||CofE||Open|
|Stanstead Abbots||St Andrew||CofE||Locked|
|Stanstead Abbots||St James (Churches Conservation Trust)||CofE||Locked||CCT Open Sun pm 2.30-5 May to Sept|
|Stanstead St Margaret’s||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Locked||open Saturday morning|
|Stapleford||St Mary||CofE||Locked||Key holders listed on door|
|Stevenage||St Andrew & St George||CofE||Locked|
|Stevenage – Bedwell||St Joseph||RC||Locked|
|Stevenage – Broadwater||St Peter||CofE||Locked|
|Stevenage – Chells||St Hugh & St John||CofE||Locked|
|Stevenage – Old Town||Church of the Transfiguration of Our lord||RC||Locked|
|Stevenage – Old Town||Holy Trinity||CofE||Open|
|Stevenage – Old Town||St Nicholas||CofE||Locked|
|Stevenage – Pin Green||All Saints||CofE||Locked|
|Stevenage – Shephall||Cathedral of St George||Coptic Orthodox||Locked|
|Stevenage – Shephall||St Hilda||RC||Locked|
|Stevenage – Shephall||St Mary||CofE||Locked|
|Stevenage – Symonds Green||Christ the King||CofE||Locked|
|Stocking Pelham||St Mary||CofE||Locked|
|Therfield||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Thorley||St James the Great||CofE||Open|
|Thundridge||St Mary & All Saints||CofE||n/a||Tower Ruin – Accesible at all times off bridleway|
|Tonwell||St Mary||CofE||n/a||School – exterior viewable from road|
|Tring||St Peter & St Paul||CofE||Open|
|Walkern||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Locked|
|Waltham Cross||Christ Church||CofE||Locked|
|Waltham Cross||St Joseph||RC||Open|
|Ware||Catholic Apostolic Church||CA||n/a||Private housing exterior viewable from street|
|Ware||Sacred Heart of Jesus & St Joseph||RC||Open|
|Ware||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Waterford||St Michael & All Angels||CofE||Open||From 14/5/17 will be open all day, 1000:1800 until 30 Sept and then 1000-1600 until 1st April. If coming any distance check first as this is the 1st year & they will be testing the ability to have a keyholder available every day.|
|Watford||Our Lady & St Michael||RC||Locked|
|Watford||St James||CofE||n/a||Private used by school. Exterior vieweable from road|
|Watford||St John the Apostle and Evangelist||CofE||Locked|
|Watford||St Michael & All Angels||CofE||Locked||Open for tea and coffee Wed 1030-1200|
|Watton at Stone||St Andrew & St Mary||CofE||Locked|
|Welwyn||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Welwyn Garden City||All saints||CofE||Locked|
|Welwyn Garden City||Holy Family||RC||Locked|
|Welwyn Garden City||Our Lady Queen of Apostles||RC||Locked|
|Welwyn Garden City||St Bonaventure||RC||Locked|
|Welwyn Garden City||St Francis of Assisi||CofE||Open|
|Welwyn Garden City||St Michael & All Angels||CofE||n/a||Council day centre exterior viewable from road|
|Welwyn Garden City – Digswell||St John the Evangelist||CofE||Locked|
|Welwyn Garden City – Haldens||Christ the King||CofE||Locked|
|Welwyn Garden City – Holwell Hyde||St Mary Magdalene||CofE||Locked|
|Welwyn Garden City -Panshanger||Panshanger||CofE||Locked|
|West Hyde||St Thomas||CofE||Locked|
|Westmill||St Mary the Virgin||CofE||Open|
|Wheathampstead||St Thomas More||RC||Locked|
|Widford||St John the Baptist||CofE||Open|
|Woodhill||Community of the Twelve Apostles||Greek Orthodox||Locked||Chuch office on site 9-5. Ring the bell on the south door|
|Woolmer Green||St Michael||CofE||Open|
|Wormley||St Laurence, Wormley||CofE||Locked|
Here is a list of churches that have, as far as I know, been demolished. This is a list in progress:
- Bayford, St Mary. Slightly north of the present church were a medieval church and then its replacement of 1804 that was demolished in 1870. A few monuments and the font remain in the present church.
- Broadfield. A lost village whose church was a chapel of ease to Rushden. It appears to have been disused by the mid 16th century. The site is reputed to have been in Chapel Wood. Broadfield is now within Cottered parish.
- Cheshunt, Little St Mary also called Windmill Lane Mission and St Mary’s Mission. A mission church serving the eastern part of the town between the Railway Station and Cheshunt Pond. It was about where Roundwood Drive is now and functioned between 1913 and 1976.
- Flaunden, St Mary Magdalene. Actually in Buckinghamshire near Latimer but replaced in 1838 by the current church in Hertfordshire above the Chess valley.
- Harpenden, All Saints Mission Church. Built in 1887 and replaced by the current All saints in 1965.
- Harpenden, St John the Baptist, corner of Crabtree Lane and Southdown Road. The ‘paper’ church as it had a timber framework filled in with frail material. It was destroyed by a fire on 31st December 1905 and replaced on a different site by the current St John.
- Hemel Hempstead, St Peter, Galley Hill, Gadebridge. Open 1964 and Demolished in October 2013 after being disused since 2004. Aerial views of its demolition can be seen here
- Hertford, All Saints. Destroyed by fire in 1891 and replaced on the same site by the current All Saints.
- Hertford, Christ Church, Port Vale (1868-1960s) only the schoolhouse now used as a little theatre remains. The vestry arch and a capital are preserved in private ownership.
- Hertford, Christ’s Hospital Girls School Chapel. A large gothic chapel built in 1906 to designs of Alex R. Stenning on the corner of Ware and Mill Roads just east of Hertford town centre. It was replaced by Tesco’s car park after the school left Hertford in 1985. See more here.
- Hertford St Andrew. Demolished in the 1860s and replaced by the current St Andrew which at that time retained the old tower. This was also replaced in 1874.
- Hertford St John. Next to the Priory. Amalgamated with All saints parish c.1640.
- Hertford St Mary’s Priory dismantled at the dissolution. very close to the existing Roman Catholic Church in the town.
- Hertford, St Nicholas, near the modern Maidenhead Street. Demolished in 1675
- Hitchin, St Andrew Mission Church, Hollow lane/St Andrew’s Street. Built in 1874 as the Plait Hall by C.A. Bartlett, it failed as an enterprise and was converted into rooms on the ground floor and a mission church on the first floor. Services had previously been conducted in St Andrew’s School. It was served from St Mary’s barely a quarter of a mile away and was closed and demolished in 1928.The site is now housing.
- Hitchin St John the Baptist Mission Church, St John’s Road. near the top of Hitchin Hill it was originally a chapel for the Particular baptists also called Bulls Barn. It was sold into private ownership in 1868 to C.W. Wilshere who restored it and it became served by St Mary’s Church. Listings in the town Guide suggest that it closed around 1963 and the site is now housing.
- Oxhey, St Francis, Oaklands Avenue. In the parish of St Matthew. Closed in 1970 and now the site of St Francis Close. More information and pictures here.
- Potters Bar, St Francis Xavier (RC). Built in 1925 in Southgate Road and demolished by a German V2 rocket in 1945.
- Potters Bar, St John the Baptist, High Street. Built 1835 and designed by Edward Blore. It was demolished in 1970 and is now the site of the War memorial by Charles Voysey and moved here in 1972.
- Potters Bar, Saint Vincent De Paul & Louise De Marillac (RC). On the site of the old church, opened in 1962 to designs by Felix Velarde. Demolished and replaced by the 2005 church of Our Lady and St Vincent.
- Potters Bar, Our Lady of the Assumption (RC), Mutton Lane Built in 1950, originally to be a parish hall, demolished in 2004 and replaced on the same site in 2005 by the church of Our Lady and St Vincent. See http://olasv.org.uk/about/church-history/ for the details of the history of Potters Bar Roman Catholic churches
- St Albans, St Andrew. A wooden church built in 1954 to serve the New Greens Estate. It was a chapel of ease to Christ Church, Verulam Road which closed in 1974 (now offices). An arson attack in 2008 left it unusable and the newer part of the current Christ Church replaced it in 2010.
- South Oxhey. All Saints. A church by Seeley & Paget built 1953 but demolished and replaced by the current church in 2000.
- Stevenage, St Andrew, Bedwell Crescent. Built in 1952, disused in 1963 and demolished in 1984. The dedication added to St George in the town centre. See here for more information
- Walkern, The Assumption of Our Lord, Froghall Lane. A Roman Catholic Mass centre. Built in the 1960s and demolished in the 1980s. See here for more information.
- Watford, St George, Sandringham Road. Checking trade directories and St Albans diocesan records, this was a large iron church on a brick base (nave, north and south aisles and porch) between 105 and 111 Sandringham Avenue in a railed enclosure. Although when first built it was on St Albans Road as Sandringham Road was just being developed. It appears to have been built in 1905/06 and used until 1931 when St Mark in Leggatts Way opened. After that it was used as St George’s Hall but this is not listed after the 1937 directories and a Plymouth Bretheren Hall and housing is listed in 1940. The site is now occupied by a hall containing Little Raccoons nursery and three houses.
- Wollensbrook Mission Church between Hertford Heath and Hoddesdon on the north side of the road just west of the current A10 bridge.
- Wood End, St Alban. A combined church and school built in a hamlet of Ardeley in 1853. Featured in the Illustrated London News (27 Aug 1853 p.164). Apparently built of small stones collected from fields by local children!