St Mary Bayford

Chapel of Holy Cross &

St Alban, Brickendon

St Mary the Virgin


St Andrew’s

Little Berkhamsted

St Mary


The Benefice of Hartford Hundred (West) was established on November 1st, 1976 as a “united benefice” combining the four parishes of Bayford & Brickendon, Essendon & Woodhill, Little Berkhamsted and Ponsbourne (Newgate Street), with its centrally located Rectory in the village of Little Berkhamsted. In the years since then, the group has developed a coherence and a distinct identity whilst retaining the individuality of the separate churches.

We are part of the St. Albans Diocese within the Church of England and are united with the desire to welcome every person, young and older, into our wonderful community minded church families. We have 5 beautiful church buildings with various styles of worship, partnerships with three excellent Church of England Schools and a clear Bible based ministry.

We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community. Find out more here

Please bear in mind some sections of this website do not reflect the current situation whilst the coronavirus pandemic measures continue.

If you would like to help with the day to day running of our church and ministry especially whilst our church buildings are closed,  please click here



Sunday 8th November Remembrance Sunday                           

10.45 am ACT OF REMEMBRANCE        Essendon Churchyard

10.50 am Zoom remembrance Service


Wednesday 11th November

10.00  am Telephone Service 


Sunday 15th November 2nd Sunday before Advent

11.30   am Zoom Service


Wednesday 18th November

10.00  am Telephone Service 


Sunday 22nd November Christ the King

11.30   am Zoom Service


Wednesday 25th November

10.00  am Telephone Service 


Sunday 29th November Advent

9.30 am Telephone Service

11.30 am Zoom Service

Weddings, Baptisms and other matters

Saturday Registration will be back on 5th December subject to current restrictions

and then on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

10.00 am to 11.30 am at Lt. Berkhamsted Church.

If you, or someone you know is interested in a wedding or baptism, or just have a question for our Rector we will be happy to see you.

All are welcome, you do not need an appointment, just turn up. 

The monthly Parish Magazine contains all the church and village news from our parishes. It costs just 60p per copy or £6 for an annual subscription. Please contact Mike Wainwright at to subscribe.