The Mimram

Happy New Year. One of the few upsides of 2020 for me was that I got to complete the Hertfordshire Greens project in the autumn and to publish The Mimram photo essay just now. It’s not comprehensive and it’s not documentary but I think it provides a flavour of this lovely little river from itsContinue reading “The Mimram”

Churches #8

Strange folk in Baldock … and Cottered. Happy New Year.

Churches #7

More photographs than usual for this post. It’s one of my favourite churches – St. Mary’s at Ashwell, a beautiful village where two rivers rise. The graffiti in the church is touching, sobering, an emotive bridge to distant forbears. In this year 2020, it is particularly redolent, an obvious link between past and present andContinue reading “Churches #7”

Churches #5

The church at St. Paul’s Walden dates from the 13th or 14th century and retains some early features. Ancient graves discovered close by indicate much earlier religious activity of some ilk. The church was refurbished in Georgian times. While much may have been lost then, the result is still pleasing. The soft Hertfordshire stone usedContinue reading “Churches #5”

Churches #4

In 1775, Sir Lionel Lyde, a local landowner, tore down much of the 12th century church at Ayot St. Lawrence, leaving what remained as a ‘feature’ while he built a Palladian style church in a nearby field. The new church is pictured above and below are two shots of the remains of the old.

Churches #3

Lower Gravenhurst Like the church at Caldecote (see a previous post), the 14th century church at Lower Gravenhurst is classified as redundant and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. It’s quiet and the interior is beautiful in its simplicity. The woodwork is simple, ancient and worn. The tiles are plain and well-trodden. ThereContinue reading “Churches #3”

Churches #1

St. Mary Magdelene at Caldecote, just east of Stotfold, has been cared for by the Friends of Friendless Churches and Caldecote Church Friends since it was declared redundant in 1982. The 14th and 15th century building was the church of the smallest parish in Hertfordshire. It is simple, solid and timeless.

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