St Mary's Church, Hemel Hempstead

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St Mary's Church, Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, is the parish church of the town and its oldest place of worship.BackgroundIts construction was commenced in 1140 and was dedicated in 1150 although construction continued for another 30 years.It is cruciform in shape, with chancel, the first part to be built, nave south and north transepts, and a tower. A spire, one of the tallest in Europe was added in the 14th century with a total height of 200 feet. It is topped by a gilded weather vane. The church is built from the local clunch stone and flint with some addition of Roman bricks. The architecture is Norman throughout apart from porches added in the 14th and 15th centuries. A 19th century vestry was added on the north east corner.In 1302 a cell to Ashridge Priory was founded in Hemel Hempstead and the church had collegiate status until the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. A door at the base of the tower allowed the monks access to the church and avoided them mixing with the townspeople.It is not known why such a grand church was constructed in what at the time was a small hamlet.
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  • This beautiful church in the town of Hemel Hempstead took some 3 years to build and was started in 1140. It is cruciform in shape with a chancel and the spire is one of the tallest in Europe and was a...  more »
  • Such a lovely church in a wonderful setting and close to the old town for car parking and hostelries, can make it a whole day visiting.  more »
  • Lovely place to visit. I was lucky enough for the Rector to give me a guided tour,even though the church was closed. Has a main entrance at the end of the Nave,not at the side and contains some beauti...  more »
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  • Very good for a funeral/ morning prayer.
  • Beautiful grounds, lovely church.
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