Church of St Mary the Virgin, Little Hormead, Hertfordshire

Address: Little Hormead, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 0LS
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A 1,000-year-old haven of tranquility

Some churches have an atmosphere disproportionate to their size, and so it is with St Mary’s, a tiny church in a churchyard encircled by trees, frothy with white blossom in spring.

A grand Norman chancel arch links the 11th-century nave to the 13th-century chancel. This is a rare and precious survival with wonderful craftsmanship in wood and ironwork.

Amongst the wealth of interest here are an exquisitely carved 14th-century font and an unusual set of Charles II Royal Arms dating from 1660.

There are also two Norman doorways – the original door of one of these, made with wood and ironwork over 1,000 years old, stands preserved inside the church.

Ancient timbers survive in the roofs and support a later bellturret, containing two bells which may well have rung out over this beautiful area of agricultural north-east Hertfordshire for at least 600 years.

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Road directions

3 miles east of Buntingford; take B1368 to Hare Street; turn right opposite Howe's garage towards Furneux Pelham and after 1 mile turn right into Little Hormead

Public transport information

Nearest railway stations: Bishop's Stortford (7.6 miles), Stansted Airport (7.7 miles), Royston (8 miles). Bus route numbers 27/28/386.

OS Reference No.

TL 398 291

What’s on & news

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







PDF iconBedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex & London County Guide (PDF, 4.6mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex & London. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Jean Levy (11 Apr 2014, 19:35)

    I have visited this little church when I lived in Hare Street in 1972 to 1974.

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Donate by text

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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Little Hormead, Hertfordshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Visitors with disabilities may need some assistance. There is a path across mown grass through churchyard.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.