St James' Church, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire
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A local treasure unchanged for 200 years
St James' has been a landmark for seven centuries. Built on a hillside above the River Lea, its embattled buttressed tower was a steering point for those on the water and a waymark for those on the ancient route to London. The church's unspoiled interior has hardly been touched since Georgian times and features unusually high box pews and a three-decker pulpit. Monuments include that of a local nobleman, Sir Edward Baesh, who is shown kneeling opposite his wife.
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A Victorian masterpiece returned to the community
A strangely beautiful church
A pair of eccentric churches
There are steps to access this church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
4 miles south east of Ware on B181
Nearest railway station: Roydon (1 mile).
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, and London County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex & London. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
Useful local links:
- Enjoy Hertfordshire website: www.enjoyhertfordshire.com
- Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Historic Churches Trust: www.bedshertshct.org.uk
- Hertfordshire History website: www.hertfordshirehistory.com
- Hertfordshire Genealogy website: www.hertfordshiregenealogy.co.uk
- Hertfordshire Association for Local History: www.halh.org.uk
- Hertfordshire & Essex churches website: www.essexchurches.com