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St Michael, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire

(51°52′13″N, 0°9′30″E)
Bishop's Stortford
TL 487 213
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Hertfordshire
now Hertfordshire
  • Hazel Gardiner
  • Hazel Gardiner
  • Ron Baxter
2004 (HG), 06 October 2021 (RB)

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Feature Sets

The church has a chancel with clerestorey and N chapel, nave with N and S aisles and N and S porches, and W tower. The present flint-walled church is substantially 15thc. with some later additions. The only surviving 12thc. feature is the font.


Prior to the Conquest the manor was held of Edward the Confessor by Eddeva the Fair. Afterwards it was sold to William Bishop of London by William I, and at the time of DS it was held by Hugh Bishop of London who also held the advowson.





The church guide records that the font was found buried (no details given) and was reinstalled in the church in 1868.

The font is probably late 12thc. See also the font at Clothall (Herts).

The Victoria County History: A History of the County of Hertford, London, 1912, 3:303.
N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, Harmondsworth, 1953 (1977), 100-101.