Renhold – All Saints

Renhold - All Saints

The church of All Saints in Renhold is situated in Church End, some distance to the east of the main village of Renhold. Parking is available in a parking area to the front of the church.

Web Site: All Saints Church, Renhold


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The church consists of a chancel, nave, north aisle, west tower, vestry, south porch and church rooms adjoining the north aisle. The chancel is around 30 feet by 17 feet with the nave adding a further 36 feet and 2 feet in width. The north aisle is around 7 feet wide and the tower is around 13 feet square and some 64 feet high. The church is built of rubble and cement with the sloping roofs dating from the mid C19.

The list of rectors dates a church in Renhold to C13 although the present building has its origins in C14 with the tower and south wall dating from C15. The vestry began life as a school room from the early C18 and became the vestry when a new school was built in the village in around 1865.

Renhold - All Saints. View from the south.

The south side of the nave has three windows, two surrounding the porch and a high window to the east.

Renhold - All Saints. South-east window.

The high window to the east is of three cinquefoiled lights under a square head and was originally built to light the rood loft of which only remnants of the rood stair below it are visible inside.

Renhold - All Saints. Rood stair remains.
Renhold - All Saints. South side central window.

The two large windows framing the porch are both of three cinquefoiled lights with perpendicular tracery above under four-centred arches.

Renhold - All Saints. South-west window.

Renhold - All Saints. South-west window.

The western of these windows has glass dating from around 2004 in memory of members of the Wootton family of Brook Farm in Renhold. It depicts the baptism of Christ along with the Lamb of God. In the bottom right corner are the arms of the Wootton family.

Renhold - All Saints. South-west window, internal.

Renhold - All Saints. South porch.

The plain porch dates from C15 but has had a parapet added in later times. There are blocked windows to both east and west.

Renhold - All Saints. South porch.
Renhold - All Saints. West tower.

The west tower is in five stages with square buttresses to the east and diagonal buttresses to the west with a small leaded spirelet. There is a door to the internal stair on the south side with a small single light window also to the south. The belfry openings are of two trefoiled lights under four centred arches.

Renhold - All Saints. West tower.
Renhold - All Saints. West window.

The west window is of three uncusped lights with perpendicular tracery above under a two-centred arch. Above is a small statue niche with an ogee arch and square head with quatrefoil designs in the spandrels.

Renhold - All Saints. Statue niche, tower.
Renhold - All Saints. North aisle from the north-west.

The view of the north aisle is much obscured by the modern church rooms dating from 1984. There is a clerestory above the north aisle of three two light windows.

Renhold - All Saints. Church rooms.
Renhold - All Saints. North aisle, west window.

The west window of the north aisle dates from C15 and is of three cinquefoiled lights under a four-centred arch and is wide enough to occupy the entire west end of the aisle. The western window of the north aisle is a restored two-light window under a square head.

Renhold - All Saints. North aisle, western window.
Renhold - All Saints. North aisle.

Further east on the north aisle are two restored two-light windows with the window to the west (right in the photograph) being narrower than its companion. This western window is known as the Picot window and is believed to date to around 1336 when John Picot established a chantry. The Picot arms are in the glass in the head of the window.

Renhold - All Saints. North aisle, Picot window, internal.

Renhold - All Saints. North aisle, east window.

The east window of the north aisle is a large three cinquefoiled window with perpendicular tracery above under a four-centred arch. The glass in the window which forms the altar window in the north aisle was given by the Simons family and illustrates the text “Whatsover a man soweth that shall he also reap”.

Renhold - All Saints. North aisle, east window, internal.

Renhold - All Saints. Chancel, blocked north window.

The east end of the north aisle and north side of the chancel are heavily obscured by the mausoleum to the Becher and Polhill families and the vestry. The mausoleum was originally taller but the structure fell into disrepair and was reduced to its current size in 1961. The north side of the chancel has a blocked two light window under a square head.

Renhold - All Saints. Mausoleum.

The vestry adjoins the entire north side of the chancel and was originally built in 1725 as a school room but became the vestry when a new school was opened in the village in 1865.

Renhold - All Saints. East end.
Renhold - All Saints. East window.

The east window is of three cinquefoiled lights with quatrefoil designs in the tracery under a pointed arch.

Renhold - All Saints. East window.

The south side of the chancel has two square headed windows, one of two and one of three cinquefoiled lights, surrounding the priest’s door.

Renhold - All Saints. Chancel from the south.

Renhold - All Saints. Chancel, south-east window.

The eastern window has glass in memory of Peter Joyce a benefactor and church warden of many year standing who died in 1988.

Renhold - All Saints. Chancel, south-east window, internal.

Renhold - All Saints. Chancel.

The chancel is rich in wall monuments and plaques.

The Becher memorials are dedicated to the Becher family, landowners living at Howbury Hall during C17 and C18.

Renhold - All Saints. Becher memorials.
Renhold - All Saints. Becher memorials.
Renhold - All Saints. Becher memorials.

The Polhill-Turner memorials commemorate a later family living at Howbury Hall during the C19 and C20.

Renhold - All Saints. Polhill-Turner memorials.
Renhold - All Saints. Polhill-Turner memorials.
Renhold - All Saints. Polhill-Turner memorials.
Renhold - All Saints. Chancel.

There is also an altar tomb to Edmund Wayte and his wife which is dated 1518.

The drum shaped font is believed to date from C13 and probably predates most of the current building.

Renhold - All Saints. Font.