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St Peter, Kimpton, Hertfordshire

(51°51′9″N, 0°17′27″W)
TL 178 185
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Hertfordshire
now Hertfordshire
  • Hazel Gardiner
  • Hazel Gardiner
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

The church has a chancel with N vestry and organ chamber and S chapel, nave with N and S arcades, porch and W tower. The N and S arcades survive from the late 12thc. and there is masonry of this date in the chancel walls. The chancel was extended in the 14thc. and the N and S aisle walls rebuilt. The W tower was built in the 15thc., and the S aisle was widened and a chapel was built along the S side of the chancel at this time. A clerestory was built in the 16thc. In the 19thc. the N aisle was rebuilt, the vestry was enlarged and the organ chamber added. The chancel arch was also rebuilt at this time. The chancel has traces of two 12thc. windows in the E wall flanking a 14thc. window. Late 12thc. (Transitional) sculpture survives on the capitals of the N and S arcades. The building material is knapped flint, The ashlar quoins of the original chancel are visible in the E wall.


Under Edward the Confessor, Aelveva, the mother of Earl Morcar, held Kimpton. At the time of DS it was held by Ralf de Curbespine and was among the possessions of Bishop Odo of Bayeaux. The advowson of the church was granted by the descendants of Ralf de Curbespine to the Austin Canons of Merton in Surrey (VCH, 31)


Interior Features



Pevsner comments on the overlap between Romanesque and Early English styles demonstrated by the sculpture of the nave piers.

The Victoria County History: A History of the County of Hertford, London, 1912, 3:31.
N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, Harmondsworth, 1953 (1977), 216-217.