All Saints is a small village church with an informal yet flexible approach to our Sunday service at 10am or 6pm. Although the pattern is varied, the style is adapted to the congregation that turns up on the day. Quite often the whole of the congregation can be under 50 years old with a high proportion of children. Long Marston itself is a village of about 250 houses and a pub. Whilst the church can be the coldest place in the village in winter the warmth of welcome from the small congregation is wonderful. There are close links with Long Marston School which is a Voluntary Aided Church School.
We have an open churchyard, a wonderful interior and an historic organ.
Sunday Mornings at 10 am
We have changed our service pattern that means we don't always have a morning service.
On the first and fifth Sundays we have Holy Communion
On the third Sunday we have our Worship for All service.
Sunday Evenings at 6 pm
On the second Sunday at 6 pm we have a Celtic evening prayer. This group keeps in contact through WhatsApp. Call Jane if you'd like to be added to the group
On the Fourth Sunday we have Holy Communion.
For booking your place and details of other services across our Team Parish please see the Service bookings page
We are situated on Station Road at the Wingrave end of the village.
Our address is:
All Saints Church,
Long Marston, Herts. HP23 4QS
In the summer when the ground is hard you can park in the church yard, otherwise you have to park on the road. We are not yet able to keep the church open. We have a toilet. In winter wrap up warm - it can be a little cold. We will give you a warm welcome.
The original church of Long Marston was to the west of the village, at the end of Chapel Lane and was pulled down except for its embattled tower, in 1883. The church probably dates back to the twelfth century but when it was pulled down the oldest remaining part was from the 14th century consisting of a Nave, Chancel, south porch and west Tower. When originally built the church had a high pitched roof but this was changed during repairs in the 16th century to a flat pitched one when the final stage of the tower was also built. Architects recommended in 1881 that the site should be abandoned as the church was in a dangerous state due to use of unseasoned oak in the roof and saturation of the foundations by water from lack of gutters and the mote on the northern side.
The present church was built on the north side of the village at a cost of £4000, on land given by the then lord of the manor, Lord Rothschild. The new building was built of stone in a Gothic style, using parts of the old church, including in the north aisle, fifteenth-century piscina and two fourteenth-century windows. The clustered columns, high moulded bases and organ came from Tring Church. The columns at Tring church were replaced by the Victorians as they considered that they were not strong enough.
The new church was consecrated in 1883 but was left unfinished until 1888 due to lack of funds. A church tower on the west side of the church was planed but not built.
In 1898 Lord Rothschild gave to the parish the new cemetery.
In 1906 the church became dangerous due to foundations and the roof giving way, and was closed for two years for repairs.