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St Ippolyts Church

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St Ippolyts church is located in the village of the same name between the A602 (Stevenage Road) and the B656 (Codicote Road), two kilometres south-east of Hitchin, Hertfordshire. It lies approximately 80 metres above sea level in a gap in the Chiltern Hills.

There has been a church on this site for over 900 years. While it is unclear who built the church, it is said to have been funded by grants given in 1087 by Judith, the niece of William the Conqueror. Apparently she was attempting to make amends for giving evidence against a Saxon Earl who was subsequently executed.

When first established the church would have consisted of the nave, with no side aisles and with a chancel about half its present length. By about 1320 the church had been enlarged to its present size with arches cut between the nave and side aisles.

The church underwent extensive rebuilding in 1878/9 and a number of the heads carved into the arches of the church are said to be images of those involved in this work.

Photos taken 12th April 2015

Information from Wikipedia and http://stippolytschurch.org.uk

St Ippolyts Church
Ashbrook Lane,
St Ippolyts,
Hertfordshire,
SG4 7PB