Amber Tankard


Some years ago, Patricia Cook, a former Churchwarden at St. Mary's, wrote a series of informative articles on interesting aspects of the fabric of St. Mary's for the Parish Magazine.

These are reproduced here, together with line drawings by Jean Atkinson, a well known local artist, who has been closely involved with St. Mary's for many years, including serving on the PCC.

The illustration is of the Amber Tankard, the most valuable item belonging to St. Mary's, dating from 1659, and now in the care of the British Museum.

The Amber Tankard Holy Water Stoup The Mass Dial
Seating over the years A hidden gem Gargoyles, Corbels or Label-stops?
Decalogue Board A rare tomb Elephants and Royal Arms
Pulpit Kesteven Brass The Somers Memorial

For further background see chapter 5 of Dorothy Colville's North Mymms - Parish and People

Many other interesting facts about the fabric of the church can be found in chapter 6 of The Victoria History of Hertfordshire, edited by W. Page in 1908.

Photographs taken by Patricia Cook of stained glass in St Mary's, in particular the Nunc Dimittis Window,(see "a hidden gem") and medieval fragments in St Catherine's chapel can be viewed here.

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