About our Church
The ancient church of St John the Baptist Church at Cottered is a Grade II* building dating from the mid 14th century. Many medieval features survive, including the 15th century roof and carved oak door. We unlock the church every day, and many visitors come to see the large, 15th century polychrome mural of St. Christopher on the north wall of the nave. The Reverend Anthony Trollope, grandfather of the novelist, was once rector here, and there is a neo-classical monument to him inside the church. There is another monument to Sun Yat Sen, "Father of Modern China", who had links with the village.
We have an effective sound system with hearing loop facility, and an efficient central heating system, which means our church services are both comfortable and cosy! We do not yet have toilet facilities, but we wer recently granted approval to install a disabled access toilet and new kitchen facilities. These will be funded by recent legacies and with assistance from the Friends of Cottered church, and we expect work to commence this summer.
We are a small rural parish in North East Hertfordshire with a population of approximately 450, of whom the majority of residents are older professionals or retired. Our friendly village is famous for its privately owned Japanese Gardens, and our popular award-winning pub, The Bull, which serves great food. We benefit from a modern Village Hall offering a variety of activities, and an active pétanque club, a horticultural society and a community choir are just some of the many thriving groups that meet regularly and organise social events. Cottered is also home to the Hertfordshire Guide Centre.
The Friends of Cottered Church organises several social occasions each year to raise much-needed funds, while Cottered Village Appreciation Society help with mowing and maintaining the churchyard. The recently created Church Co-ordination Committee acts as a bridge between these two organisations and the church, to establish and maintain communication links with parishioners who do not attend church, or do so infrequently. A bell ringing group was recently revived, and members successfully raised funds to install a sixth bell in the church tower. The bell was installed in late 2019 and completes the peal.