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St. Etheldreda’s Anglican Church

Location for Weddings and Social Events

St. Etheldreda’s Anglican Church, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5AH

  • Max guests for group photographs
  • 100
  • Civil weddings catered for
  • No
  • Events photographed by Paul Martin
  • Wedding
  • Last event photographed by Paul Martin
  • 08/10/05

St. Etheldreda’s Anglican Church is situated at 1 Fore Street in Old Hatfield, near to the Hatfield Palace.
A map is available here and there is a website for this location.

Paul Martin has given St. Etheldreda’s Anglican Church a rating of 4 out of 5 for indoor photography and a rating of 3 out of 5 for outdoor photography.
Please note that these ratings only relate to the suitability for photography, and do not in any way relate to other facilities and services that may be provided by the St. Etheldreda’s Anglican Church.

Comments from Paul Martin:
Dating back to Saxon times, the village of Hatfield was first known as “Hetfelle” and then became known as “Haethfeld” when around 970 King Edgar gave 5,000 acres to the monastery of Ely. No records remain from this time until 1226 when Henry III granted the Bishops of Ely rights to an annual four-day fair and a weekly market. Old Hatfield retains many historic buildings notably the Old Palace, St. Etheldreda’s Church and Hatfield House.

St Etheldreda is Hatfield’s Parish Church. This building although steeped in England’s history, is not a museum. It is a meeting place for a thriving Christian community. The congregation on a Sunday ranges from babes in arms to grandparents.

The present church dates from the 13th century, although little remains of the mediaeval building. During the 15th century the Tower was constructed by Cardinal Morton and later the Brocket Chapel was added. The Salisbury Chapel was built during the 17th century; shortly after the completion of Hatfield House, which stands nearby. Finally during the 19th century there was major reconstruction of the Nave and Roof, necessitated by the poor state of the fabric. The Tower was restored 20 years ago.

Comments regarding Photography:
I recently enjoyed the opportunity of photographing a wedding at St. Etheldreda’s Church in Hatfield. It is beautifully situated and is characterful; the most striking feature are the many stain glass windows throughout. Consequently, the available day light spilling inside was adequate, enabling me to capture a number of non-intrusive photographs during the ceremony/ exchange of vows, from the back of the church, with the use of a tripod and long exposures.

The surrounding gardens at the front have many tombstones littered around, but, I was still able to produce lovely reportage photographs of the bride and groom greeting their guests as they made their exit from the church. There are clear areas of lawn, particularly around the side. Here, I was able to produce many beautiful portraits of the bride and groom, by doorwells, walking along the path with the characterful cottages in the background; the benches provided suitable props.

After the portrait shoot, the bride and groom joined their guests at Hatfield House, (a mere 2 minute walk away through the old gates) for the reception and wedding dinner. Here I continued to capture many more artistic compositions of the bride and groom, and group photographs were taken on the lawn, outside the Hall.