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February 25, 2019

A brief history of the Jane Sadleir, wife of Edward Baeshe, who are jointly remembered in an impressive alabaster monument in the Baeshe Chapel at St James' Church, Stanstead Abbotts in Hertfordshire.

September 14, 2018

An examination of medieval graffiti recently discovered at St James' old church in Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire.

December 10, 2017

St James’ Church at Stanstead Abbotts resounded to a magical evening of poetry and music this December as folk gathered in this ancient setting to enjoy Winter Poems by Candlelight, a collection of poems put together for us by Nicky Parker.

Four readers, Stuart Handysid...

October 31, 2017

Thomas Denny is a leading British stained glass artist whose work appears in around 30 British churches and cathedrals, including Durham, Gloucester and Hereford. We are particularly fortunate to have an example of his work here at St James'.


Denny was commissioned by...

September 29, 2017

Mediaeval roof construction explained

In the construction of roofing, a problem to be overcome is the longitudinal instability of the rafters holding the physical roof and its tiles in place. Today, most roofs are stabilised by purlins which run along the inside of the...

September 27, 2017

In 1571 and again in 1578, Queen Elizabeth I visited Stansteadbury on one of her "progresses" around her kingdom. While potentially beneficial to a monarch needing to be in the fresh air away from London, such visits were perhaps less so to the nobility she visited. De...

September 22, 2017

Recently, while taking photographs for this website, I was able to enjoy rare access to the bell chamber and tower at St James'. Sadly, cramped space and health and safety prohibit the opening of the tower to public view  but even if access were available, it's not a t...

December 6, 2016

On Saturday, December 3rd, the 13th century church of St James at Stansteadbury, Stanstead Abbotts was the perfect setting for a performance of the Mediaeval alliterative poem ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’.  The event was a sellout - with more than 200 guests raisi...

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