St Mary's Church, Ware
There has been a church on the site since the Norman Conquest. The Domesday Book mentions the presence of a priest at Ware, and the existence of a church is confirmed by a reference in another document from the reign of William I, a charter given to Hugh de Grandmesnil.
The chancel, the oldest part of the present building, dates from the thirteenth century, when the church served the town and the monks of the Benedictine priory.
The church was restored in the nineteenth century by George Godwin.
The building is faced in flint.
People connected with the church
- Charles Chauncy, who served as vicar of the church in the reign of Charles I, emigrated to America where he became President of Harvard.
- Sir Richard Fanshawe, a politician and writer who served as Charles II´s ambassador to Spain, is commemorated by a monument in the church.
- 1.^ Flèche or short spire rising from a church-tower, its base concealed by a parapet, common in Herts., England. Pevsner, N., Cherry. "BoE, Hertfordshire". (1977)