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.

A Churchyard Service held at Bayford as part of our small steps back to worshipping in our church buildings 

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Wednesday 2nd September

10.00  am Telephone Service


Sunday 6th September 13th Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                              ESSENDON


Wednesday 9th September

10.00  am Telephone Service


Sunday 13th September 14th Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                                 BAYFORD

11.30   am ZOOM SERVICE


Wednesday 16th September

10.00  am Telephone Service


Sunday 20th September 15th Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am FAMILY SERVICE                                  PONSBOURNE

11.00   am HARVEST FAMILY SERVICE                 BRICKENDON


Wednesday 23rd September

10.00  am Telephone Service

Sunday 27th September 16th Sunday after Trinity




Wednesday 30th September

10.00  am Telephone Service

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.

Weddings, Baptisms and other matters

Saturday Registration 

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. 

As our church buildings are not being visited or used as they normally are, donations have never been more crucial. If you are able to give at this time, please do contact the Parish treasurers to get account details. Their phone numbers can be found here.