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monuments to the Delme-Radcliffe family.


A magnificent mosaic reredos in continued from page 12


dates from the 12th century. A double sundial can be seen on the south-east corner of the tower and bears the date 1660, with the words “Anno Salvus”, and was erected to mark the restoration of the monarchy.


Part of the earlier church building collapsed during the great winds of 1115. An earthquake in 1298 caused further damage and, in 1304, the roof fell in. The town’s merchants paid for it to be rebuilt, and arcades and aisles were added during the 14th century. The north and south chapels and clerestory were added during the 15th century. Inside St Mary’s there are fine roofs, carvings, memorials and brasses. Among the windows, the great east window dates from circa 1450 and there is also an unusual window over the chancel arch, and a fragment of medieval glass can still be seen. The Angel Screen at the entrance to the Guild Chapel is one of the finest in the country. The chapel has several


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the retro-choir, dating from the Victorian era, depicts Jesus at the Last Supper in addition to scenes from the lives of Moses and Jesus. Stairs in the Trinity Chapel lead down to the Charnel House. Built during the 15th century, it was used to house bones that had been removed from the churchyard. The north aisle has three figures on its window ledges: one is of Sir Edward De Kendale, who died in 1373; one is of his wife, Elizabeth; and the third is believed to be an effigy of Sir Bernard de Balliol, an ancestor of the founder of Balliol College, Oxford. The churchyard, containing a number of shops, many located in medieval timber-framed buildings, leads to the Market Place, the High Street and Bancroft. At the northern end of Bancroft, the Skynners Almshouses date from 1670 and 1698, and are named after their founders: John and Ralph Skynner. To this day, Hitchin remains a very vibrant market town, which manages to combine the eclectic needs of shoppers with the preservation of its rich heritage. It is a town of which Hertfordshire can be justifiably proud, and one which visitors cannot fail to enjoy feeling that they have been very well catered for in numerous respects, with a desire to return and further explore some of the town’s delights. Without doubt, Hitchin is a jewel in the county’s crown.


Images top: St. Mary's church, Hitchin, is the largest parish church in the county.


Image centre: The market place is the perfect spot to relax, and watch the world go by.


Image above: Warners Almshouses.


Image right: The pretty vista viewed from Market Place, looking towards St. Mary’s church.


Opposite page: An iconic view of St. Mary’s overlooking the river Hiz.


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