The Church of St. Peter has an ancient church history rooted in the central tradition of the Church of England. As a village church we embrace all traditions coming together to worship God with a mixture of traditional and modern services catering to all age groups.
The history of the church begins with the coming of the Saxons in 449. They called themselves "Sons of Tew" and worshipped the god Tew. The site of their shrine became that of the later Christians church when they became Christians in or about AD 604 shortly after the coming of St Augustine. It is thought that the North Wall of the church was part of the North Wall of this earlier Saxon Church.
After the Norman conquest the Normans restored the ruined church in about 1086 AD The Norman parts (Nave and Chancel) were built by Peter de Valoignes to whom William the Conqueror had granted the Castle of Hertford, its estates and the manor of Tewin. It was at this time that the church was dedicated to St Peter.
The lancet windows of the Chancel and South Aisle as well as the arches dividing the Nave from the South Aisle were built in the early English period (about 1266).
In the Perpendicular period (1377-1547) many changes were made, including the east windows of the Chancel and Aisle, the South Porch with its inner door and the Tower. There were restorations of the church in 1864 and more notably in 1903. This final restoration was carried out at the expense of Lord Cowper whose memorial is situated on the South Wall of the Chancel. A new Vestry was built, the entire church was fitted with new oak pews, pulpit and reading desk, together with the candelabras.
Revd. Susannah Underwood
The Rectory, Brookbridge Lane, Datchworth, SG3 6SU
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Revd. Dr. David Munchin
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Mrs Pauline Brown
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Mr Nick Whiting
5 Churchfield Road, Tewin, AL6 0JW
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Mrs Nicky Hadley
14 Chalgrove, WGC, AL7 2QJ
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Mr David Little
1 Orchard Road, Burnham Green, Tewin, Herts, AL6 0HE
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