St. James

Welcome to the website of the church of St. James the Great, in the village of High Wych, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. This is the principal church in the Benefice, which also includes St. Mary the Virgin, Gilston and St.Botolph, Eastwick – details of life at these churches is also included in these pages

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St. Mary The Virgin

The original building was a small aisle-less church built around 1135. It was entirely rebuilt and enlarged in the second half of the 13th century. The upper part of the tower seen to have been reconstructed in the late 16th century, when the south brick stair-turret was added. The north aisle is old. The arcades are low and have quatrefoil piers with later arches.

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St. Botolph

Originally St Botolph’s was a magnificent medieval church. Early antiquarian records state that it was a large building with a tower, transepts and a tiled floor at the east end. By the 19th century, however, the church was suffering the ravages of time, and in 1872 the reforming squire of Eastwick, John Hodgson, determined that it was beyond salvation and must be demolished. And so it was swept away and between the years 1872 and 1875 the present building was erected in its place

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