We use cookies to improve your experience, some are essential for the operation of this site.

St James, Thorley, Hertfordshire

(51°50′53″N, 0°8′29″E)
TL 476 188
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Hertfordshire
now Hertfordshire
  • Hazel Gardiner

Please use this link to cite this page - https://www.crsbi.ac.uk/view-item?i=11185.

Find out how to cite the CRSBI website here.


The church has chancel, nave, W tower and S porch. The nave and chancel are 13thc. and the tower is 15thc. the S porch and vestry are 19thc. Romanesque sculpture is found on the S doorway and the font. The exterior of the church is rendered, but beneath this has flint walling. The church was restored in 1854 by J. Vuillamy.


According to VCH the church belonged to Walden Abbey which was founded by Geoffrey de Mandeville before 1144.

After the Conquest William Bishop of London had bought the manor from the King but at the time of DS Geoffrey de Mandeville still held it. The Bishop of London seemed only to have been able to claim one half-hide.


Exterior Features





According to the church guide, the font was brought to the church in 1855 after it was found in a local farmyard where it was in use as a water trough! It is likely that it would originally have had a central columnar support and colonnettes at the angles.

Domesday Book: Hertfordshire, Ed. J. Morris, Chichester, 1977,
The Victoria County History: A History of the County of Hertford, London, 1912, 3:375.
N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, Harmondsworth, 1953 (1977), 362-3