St Denis’ open for HOD

13, 14 and 15th September / 10 to noon and 2 to 4 pm

St Denis' church East Hatley, Cambridgeshire – nature reserve sign + new post.

As part of the 2019 Heritage Open Days (HOD) festival, St Denis’ church in East Hatley will be open on:

Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September.
10 am to 12 noon and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

It’s an opportunity to look inside at what is normally a locked building – it’s only kept locked because the walls are very crumbly… hopefully when the Friends of Friendless Churches, which owns the church, is able to fund and get on with phase two of its restoration project, they will be able to stabilise the walls so it can be open every day.

If you looked round St Denis’ during last year’s HOD, you’ll have seen the work the FoFC had done earlier in 2018 installing a new floor and windows where there were none before – if you’ve not seen the excellent job their contractors, Lodge & Sons, did or just want to have another look, do come and see.

While it is a free event, it would be nice if you could put a contribution on the collection plate – last year we raised over £70 for the FoFC… could we make it £100 this year? Every pound is a step closer to them fixing the walls and the restoring of the chancel, including a stained glass window at the east end.

St Denis’ is a Grade II* listed, redundant church sitting in a ‘live’ churchyard.  The earliest fabric dates to 1217 (although there would have been a church in East Hatley well before then), but much of the surviving medieval elements are from the 14th century.  Most of the visible work is by the 19th century architect William Butterfield, showing his High Victorian fondness for polychromatic stone and brickwork (albeit toned down for a country church).  It was taken into care by the Friends in 2016.

  • Hatley St George church will also be open at the same time as St Denis’ church on the same days – Friday, 13th, Saturday, 14th and Sunday, 15th September.  On the Saturday, it will be open as part of the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust’s Ride and Stride day – then follow the link to ‘Information for Riders and Striders’; Gamlingay is listed under St Neots Deanary.


Heritage Open Days – home page.
Heritage Open Days – St Denis’ church page.
Friends of Friendless Churches.
St Denis’ East Hatley – 800 years old but no longer consecrated.
A little less of St Denis – news item.
St Denis’ churchyard – A ‘living’ churchyard and nature reserve.
Hatley St George church – The Chapel of St James the Greater.

Post created 21st July 2019.