Saint Peter’s is a beautiful and important Arts and Crafts church designed by J.P. Seddon and completed in 1875. Saint Peter’s is one of only thirteen Hertfordshire churches featured in the book “England’s Thousand Best Churches” by Simon Jenkins (published in 1999). Services are still held every Sunday at 11.15am.
The current church is at least the fourth church in the parish. The previous structures were built on a different site to the north, where an old churchyard still exists.
A medieval church was built in 1282 and demolished in 1750, apparently because it had become too expensive and difficult to maintain.
The second church was octagonal with a separate bell tower to the south. This in turn was demolished in 1861-62.
The third church, the last on the original site, had a tower and spire and incorporated some remnants of the second church. It was struck by lightning on Friday 10 July 1874 and largely destroyed by fire, only the apsidal end remained. This was converted for use as a mortuary chapel but was finally demolished in 1954.
For more information on the history of the church, see the text of a book published in 2000 at