Church of St Mary the Virgin, Little Hormead, Hertfordshire
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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 eleventh-century nave to the thirteenth-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 fourteenth-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 that may well have rung out over this beautiful area of agricultural north-east Hertfordshire for at least 600 years.
Musical angels serenade New Testament tales
Peaceful spot in the midst of modern development
A remote unspoilt delight
Visitors with disabilities may need some assistance. There is a path across mown grass through churchyard.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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
Nearest railway stations: Bishop's Stortford (7.6 miles), Stansted Airport (7.7 miles), Royston (8 miles).
Bus route numbers 27/28/386.
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