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



Wednesday 3rd March

10.00 am Telephone Service

Sunday 7th March 3rd Sunday of Lent

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                         BRICKENDON

11.30   am Zoom Service

Wednesday 10th March

10.00 am Telephone Service


Sunday 14th March 4th Sunday of Lent

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                         BRICKENDON

11.30 am Zoom Service

Wednesday 17th March

10.00 am Telephone Service 

Sunday 21st March 5th Sunday of Lent

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                         BRICKENDON

11.30 am Zoom Service

Wednesday 22nd March

10.00 am Telephone Service

Sunday 28th March Palm Sunday

9.30   am PARISH COMMUNION                         BRICKENDON

11.30 am Zoom Service

The following churches are open for Individual Prayer:

Bayford Church every Wednesday

Brickendon Church every Thursday

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