Minsden Chapel, Langley, Herts, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
N 51° 54.413 W 000° 15.584
30U E 688493 N 5754230
Quick Description: The ruined remains of a medieval Chapel of Ease at Minsden
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/7/2012 2:36:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMF1JK
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Jyrki&Sari
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Long Description:
Minsden was mentioned in the Doomsday Book, the chapel being a chapel of ease to St Mary at Hitchin. The chapel served Minsden, Langley and Preston. The chapel was near St Albans Way and was a sanctuary for travellers and pilgrims travelling to St Alban’s Abbey.

During the Reformation the congregation dwindled to the point where the congregation couldn’t afford a permanent minister When required a minister would ride to Minsden to conduct baptism, marriage and burial services.

In the 17th century the church was in a state of decay. Despite funds being raised locally for repairs, they were not successful. Towards the end of the century the church started to be plundered. Services continued spasmodically, but ceased by 1739.

In 1920 the Hitchin historian Reginald Hine leased the chapel and is buried there.

Until a few years ago both East and West walls were standing, however the action of water and frost caused the collapse of the East arch.
Building Materials: Stone

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