Architecture

"... it is distinctive to Dykes Bower alone and stands apart from the majority of ecclesiastical buildings of the time. It remains his best church ... In design, mastery of planning, detail and control it contains the seeds of St Edmundsbury Cathedral and St John's, Newbury."

Anthony Symondson 'Stephen Dykes Bower' (RIBA Publishing, 2011) p.15



The current church is notable for being the first church designed by Stephen Dykes Bower (1903-1994), a distinguished 20th century architect. It is Grade II listed, being of special architectural interest. The building is also notable for containing a rose window by Hugh Easton (1906-65) and a pipe organ by Henry Willis II of Henry Willis & Sons.


Exterior: The west front dominates the east side of Bishop's Stortford, with its striking, broad central tower, distinctive steep saddleback roof, and three impressively tall lancet windows. The use of Kentish ragstone creates a monumental effect, reinforced by buttresses that flank the aisles and chancel. At the south west entrance there is a 19th century timber lych gate, which is the only part of the original 1851 church that was not damaged by fire.


Interior: The simple layout consists of a nave and two flanking aisles, leading to a long aisle-less chancel. However, the nave is preceded with a narthex at the base of the tower, containing the baptistery, which is in direct line with the high altar.

The interior is in a 20th century Gothic Revival style. It is simple but noble and made bright and airy by vast open spaces, many lancet windows, and plastered walls. The impressive height of the nave, at 45ft or 14m, is accentuated by giant drum piers and gothic pointed arches, which hold a coffered wagon roof. Distinctive to All Saints', the chancel's focal point is an east rose window. The furniture is of a classical style, including four pillars that surround the high altar, and sits harmoniously within its gothic setting.


For more information and references, see the All Saints' wikipedia article.

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All Saints Hockerill, Stansted Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2DY

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All Saints' Church, Hockerill belongs to the Diocese of St. Albans, part of the Church of England.

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