The Church of St John the Baptist



Aldenham Church in 1815

"Old Watford Series" 148749

H. W. Rawlings, 100 High Street Watford

Posted February 1911




Aldenham Church
Published by Downer, Watford
Posted in Toronto, Canada in 1911

Posted 1906


Tombs with trees  Posted 1907

Church Website

The church (St. John Baptist) is Early English., built of flint and stone. The roof is of chestnut, resting on stone corbels. It was restored by Sir Charles Barry. Two old monuments of great interest are in the chancel, against the S. wall. Each contains the recumbent figure of a female. In the church are several brasses of considerable antiquity. At the end of the N. aisle the remains of some paintings have been discovered. In the chancel there is an altar-tomb to Jolm Coghill and his wife Deborah. There is a quaint inscription to the memory of John Robinson, d. 1674, aged 24 years:

Death parts the dearest lovers for awhile,

And makes them mourn who only used to smile.

But, after death, our unmixt love shall tye

Eternal knots between my love and I.

J. R.

I. Sarah Smith, whom thou didst love alone.

For thy dear sake have laid this marble stone.


The inscription is below a female figure in a shroud, with a label issuing from her mouth, inscribed " Sarah Smith."

There are at Aldenham schools and almshouses founded and endowed by Richard Platt, a brewer, and an alderman of London, in 1599. There are an Upper or Grammar School, and two Lower Schools, and the governors are appointed by the Brewers' Company of London. [Tourist's Guide to Hertfordshire, 1891]


Aldenham Church Lych Gate

Coles, Watford

Posted 1909, back suggests circa 1905


Aldenham Church, Herts
Published by T A Hood, Stationer & Newsagent, Letchmore Heath, Watford 
Printed by The R.A.P.Co Ltd, London EC4

Note dates card to 1930

Kelly's Directories, Letchmoore Heath, Aldenham
[No stationer in 1912]
Stanley George Notley, stationer, 1917
Frederick Hood, stationer,  1922-1937

The Screen, Aldenham Church

(Downer)  Posted May 1911


Aldenham Church, Herts
[identical back to above]

Rev William Herbert MacKean (vicar), The Vicarage
Rev Francis Sidney Gardner-Brown (curate), Common House Lane, Letchmore Heath
Kelly's Directory, 1914


The book Wall Hall: From Farmhouse to University contains a chapter on the church.

The Rev Charles Leopold Royds (born Marylebone, London, 1817) is shown as the vicar of Aldenham in the 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 censuses. See Finch/Royd Marriage at Aldenham, 1867
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