Abbots Langley

St Lawrence

Parish Church


Abbots Langley Church [Picturesque Hertfordshire]

The card shows the church of St. Lawrence. The oldest parts are the remains of 12th century Norman nave arcades with a 13th century tower: the roof, clerestory and the tower buttresses are of the 15th century. Corbels from which the roof rafters spring are carved to represent friars in various grotesque attitudes and there are medieval wall paintings (uncovered in 1935) on each side of the east window of the Corpus Christ! Chapel: one is of St.Lawrence, who was martyred by being roasted alive, holding a grid-iron. On the south aisle wall is a plaque commemorating Nicholas Breakspeare who was born at Bedmond and became, as Adrian IV, the only English Pope between 1154 and his death in 1159. The decorated font is of circa 1400 and near is a Table of Commandments. (Hertfordshire Churches)


Post card posted in Abbots Langley in 1905 and published by Coles, Photographer, Watford.


Abbots Langley Church Interior
Published by F. H. Dazeley, Stationer & Bookseller, High Street, Abbots Langley, in the "RA" Series.

Frank Harry Dazeley was described as a newsagent in the 1912 and 1926 Kelly's Directories for Hertfordshire


Parish Church, Abbots Langley

Similar RA photo, no local publisher. Note different central arch

By this time we should have arrived at the village, which occupies a pleasant position on high, well-wooded ground. The square, embattled tower of St. Lawrence's Church soon rises into view. We enter, and find an interesting structure, parts of which date back as far as the 12th century. It consists of a nave, aisles, clerestory, and a chancel with south aisle, where the windows, differing from those in other parts of the. Church, are in the Decorated style, the remainder being Perpendicular. Here in the nave are old brasses to Ralph Horwode. and family, i478. .and Thomas Cogdell and his two wives, 1607. Amongst the monuments deserving of notice is that to Lord Chief Justice Ravmond, who died in 1732. In one of the windows remains a fragment of old glass, representing St. Lawrence, the patron saint of the Church; and on the walls of the south chapel traces of old distemper paintings may be detected. (Watford and its surroundings, 1906)

Abbots Langley Church
No 6 - Interior
Published by Coles of Watford
Posted 1915


abbots-langley-church-jvAn early postcard of St Lawrence's Church, Abbots Langley published by Valentine  (JV 58616)

A lych gate has been lately (1902) erected as a memorial to Her late Majesty, Queen Victoria. The register dates from 1538. The living is a discharged vicarage, net yearly value 61, with 3 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of E. Henry Lloyd esq. and held since 1893 by the Rev. Arthur Henry Parnell M.A. of Merton College, Oxford. A church room is now (1902) in course of erection, to seat about 300 persons. (Kelly's 1902).

Abbots Langley Church, Herts

Engraved by E. I. Roberts from a drawing by G. Sheppard for the Antiquarian Itinerary

Published for the Proprietors Dec. 1 1815 by W. Clarke, New Bond Street

  St Lawrence, Abbots Langley Parish Church, 1815
January 2009   Page created
November 2009   Link to church history and additional picture
August 2010   Format modified & Directory entry added