a quiet, out-of-the-way village on the borders  ot Hertfordshire overlooking the Chess valley.

St.Mary Magdalene.   1838 was built by Sir Gilbert Scott to  replace the old ruined Flaunden church by the Chess almost  two miles away. His uncle was vicar at the time. he called it" the poor barn designed for my uncle." This was  Scott s first work. One may doubt whether he would have  looked back, in later life, with much pride at this.   Flaunden, has only 154 inhabitants, lies high at the top of the Chess valley and St. Mary is a plain structure of flint and red brick.. The present church was built chiefly at the cost of the Rev. Samuel King, a former rector. The old church, is now just a few stones but Scott's church obtained from it a 15fh century font, some worn medieval tiles in the porch and three bells - one dated 1578 - in the little bellcote at the west end.

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