Clothall: St Mary the Virgin

Nestled in a fold of low hills just slightly to the South – East of the ancient market town of Baldock lies the small village of Clothall. On one of the hills, and discernible from the A507, you can see this small church surrounded by trees. In times gone by it would have been a clear landmark for those travelling between Baldock and Buntingford guiding the weary traveller on their way. The path to the church is steep and on gaining the porch it is worth turning to look at the surrounding views. Just pushing open the great old wooden  door and stepping down into the church creates a feeling of timelessness as the oldest parts of the church date from the 13th century with the font being earlier and most of the church 14th &15th century and you feel as if time has stood still in this quietly atmospheric place. The beautiful windows, which have rare depictions of birds, can be seen around the church and the old box pews invite the visitor to sit in quiet comfortable security and to be at peace. It has a growing and lively congregation which spans toddlers to nonagenarians – so all are welcome.

The parish of Clothall is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of St.Albans’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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Peter Taylor

Flint Cottage
Hickmans Hill
Nr Baldock