Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford Hadstock

About Us

At this time of COVID restrictions, we aim to follow the service pattern as shown on the calendar, but please be aware that we may have to make changes at short notice if Government or Church of England requirements change. 

The church  is currently not open outside service times, but can be opened for private prayer and reflection by prior appointment. We regret that we cannot open to visitors wishing to see the church for general interest. 

Everyone is welcome to join us for services, but please note that we have to ensure strict social distancing inside the church which limits our capacity: if you are making a special journey, it would be helpful if you would get in touch first. Please remember to bring a face mask, in accordance with Government and Church of England requirements.

In 2020 St Botolph's Church Hadstock celebrated its Millennium. Many academics and archaeologists consider that this is the church founded by King Cnut (Canute) in 1020, to commemorate those who were slain in the Battle of Assandun in 1016, when he defeated the Saxon forces. In 1017 he became King of all England.

Indeed, the church stands on the foundations of an even earlier Saxon church.

We believe that the main wooden door - dated by dendrochronology to the 11th century - is the oldest door in the country still in daily use.

The church is Grade I listed, and most of the village of Hadstock is a conservation area.

Although the church is closed during COVID times during the week apart from services, in normal times we aim to keep the church open every day between at least 10 am and 4 pm. 

For more information about the church and the village please see our website:

St Botolph's Hadstock is part of the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry, in the Diocese of Chelmsford. For links to other churches in the Team please see