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 please click here

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


Sunday 4th October 17th Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                              ESSENDON

9.30   am HARVEST FAMILY SERVICE                        BAYFORD

11.30 am Zoom Service


Wednesday 7th October

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 11th October 18th Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                                 BAYFORD

9.30   am HARVEST FAMILY SERVICE                     ESSENDON


Wednesday 14th October

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 18th October 19th Sunday after Trinity

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                         PONSBOURNE

11.00 am PARISH COMMUNION                            BRICKENDON


Wednesday 21st October

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 25th October Last Sunday after Trinity; Bible Sunday

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                 LT. BERKHAMSTED

11.30 am Zoom Service


Wednesday 28th October

10.00 am Telephone Service

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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.