Tring Church, St Peter & St Paul, Hertfordshire - Monuments

Tring Parish Church, St Peter and St Paul, has one truly grand monument, to Sir William Gore and his wife Dame Elizabeth Gore. A second monument, to the later John Gore, would be grand anywhere else but next to Sir William. There is a further figure piece to William Kaye, and a relief portrait of Edward Pope, both Victorian, and a couple of minor panels, but whatever other monuments were once in the Church, they have been swept away. The Church building itself is grand and lofty, mostly 15th and 16th Century in date, with a Victorian makeover in the 1880s which supplied much of the Church furniture.

The Church building

Tring Church of St Peter & St Paul, exterior, tower, and views along the nave.

The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Tring, is set back within its large churchyard, making for fine views from the main road and adding to the sense of size and grandeur. We see a relatively low tower for the length of the Church, dating from the 14th to the 16th Centuries, three stages high and with a turret, with a good crop of gargoyles. The external construction is flint with stone dressings, much renewed, and the Church has battlements all round and on the tower.

Inside, most is either 15th and 16th Century and Victorian, with the odd window and other work of earlier date. Between the arcades to the nave are corbels supporting the shafts of the clerestory, and each of these is carved as some grim beast or group. They date from the 15th Century apparently, and retain a medieval aspect.

But let us look at the monuments. We start with the Gores, then the rest.

Monuments to the Gore family

John and Hannah Gore, both d.1763.

Other Monuments

Also in the Church

The corbels to the clerestory carved with beasts and angels have already been mentioned. Also of note are:

Outside the Church

The churchyard has been mostly cleared and set to grass, with a few still-young trees, an idyllic setting for the Church. Some number of simple headstones remain in situ, some Gothic in outline, and with the odd minor carved embellishment. Around behind the Church are several large raised ledgers, somewhat raised tombstones with slanted sides and tall crosses upon them. And in front of the Church towards the high street is a tall churchyard cross raised up on four steps and a central plinth, with Crucified Christ at the top, serving as a war memorial.

Tring Churchyard Cross.

With many thanks to the Revd. Huw Bellis for kind permission to use pictures from inside the Church; see the Church website at http://www.tringteamparish.org.uk/tring-history/4588959395.

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