St Mary

Hitchin's unpretentious and delightful church has the air of having been very well loved for a very long time.

About this church

The church mentioned in the Domesday Book was not the first here: its predecessor was an 8th century Benedictine monastery.

The sturdy tower is 12th century but its massive buttresses were added after an earthquake in 1298.

Most of the present building dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, with many additions funded by medieval and later merchants in wool, leather and corn, who helped make Hitchin a busy and prosperous place.

These features include the elegant Perpendicular porch and windows, the exquisite carved screen, the font and its cover, and the many chantry chapels and monuments.

Allow plenty of time to explore this varied and absorbing church, and don't forget to look up at the angels and many other beautiful and sometimes intriguing roof carvings.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

All Saints

The late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was born and brought up just to the south of the village at St Pauls Walden Bury, home of the Bowes-Lyon family since the 18th century.

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All Saints

Named by Sir John Betjeman the ‘Cathedral of the Chilterns’, All Saints stands proud on its hill welcoming all visitors and worshippers to enjoy its peace and tranquillity and the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

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