St Lawrence




St Lawrence Church, Ardeley
undated Frith card (~1950?)


When this you see remember me

And think now I am gone,

You may walk out and seek about

And not find such a one.


Memorial Inscription from the Churchyard

Recorded in Cream of Curiosity


The Village of Yardley, or Ade1ey, is situate about four miles from Great Munden. The Church here is ancient and curious; it is in the Later English style of architecture, and has been recently renovated. by which means some ancient fresco paintings on the walls have been discovered. It is dedicated to St. Lawrence, and will contain 300 persons. The living is in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of St. Pauls, of the value of £180 per annum, and 40 acres of glebe, and 10 added from the great tithes. There are some good stained glass windows in the Church, and the tower has a ring of six bells. In the chancel is a monument to the memory of the Chauncy family, to whom there are several inscriptions, as also to the Shotbolt and Markham families, and more recently to that of the Murrays, one of whom, General Murray, an Indian hero of Tippo Sahib's time, died at the old Manor House, and was buried in a vault here at night, according to an ancient family custom. The Register dates from 1546.

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A Chapel of Ease was built in 1853. by the exertions of the present Vicar, the Rev. W. W. Malet, at WOOD END, a Hamlet of this straggling Parish nearly two miles from the old Church, which is a great boon to the rural inhabitants. The population of Yardley is 563; the number of acres 2405.

Guide to Hertfordshire 1880