Thursday Doors – St Mary’s Church


This is one of the entrance doors into St Mary’s Church, Hemel Hempstead. I love the colour of the wood and the curling ironwork hinges, reminiscent of the more ornate doors at Notre Dame, Paris.

St Mary’s Church is in Hemel Hempstead, England. It is a Norman building, built between 1140 and 1180, and has a wonderful 14th century spire, one of the tallest in Europe. The Church is still in use – friends of mine were married there, and you can hire out the adjacent Church Hall for parties. It’s located in the Old Town, and there are plenty of stories about Henry VIII rampaging through these parts, chasing after Anne Boleyn. I wonder if they ever visited the Church? 😉


————————————————————————————————————This is my entry for Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors Challenge – to see more doors, or add one of your own, visit his blog and click on the link.

18 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – St Mary’s Church

  1. Lovely picture. Great textures and contrast between the natural stone/wood and the sharp human crafted stonework. The door iron work seems to give nod to natural forms. Beautiful church.
    (We have a town named Hempstead near here – but not nearly so old!)

    • Thank you – it’s a really lovely door, isn’t it? The Normans knew how to build churches to last, that’s for sure (though I don’t think the door is as old).
      Interesting that you have a town named Hempstead near to you – I wonder if it was named after this one 🙂

  2. You have an incredible collection of wonderful door pics. And I love this church… I can hear Henry’s lecherous chuckle as he’s chasing Anne through the gravestones in the church yard (if there are any)…

    • It’s funny how many door photos I seem to take! There must be some sort of psychology behind that…
      And yes, I did wonder about Henry and Anne, especially considering his role in regards to the Church in general. Apparently there are tunnels leading from the nearby High Street to the Church that he supposedly used, plus to the old Manor House that used to be nearby. However, no-one knows for sure – it’s fun to imagine though, isn’t it?

      • You’re so welcome, Cher! I always enjoy the landscapes and buildings you share as well – it’s one of the best things about blogging, seeing ideas from around the world 🙂

      • Thank you, Helen! Yes, I completely agree! It’s wonderful sharing and seeing amazing things from other parts of the globe! I love it!! Cher xo

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