Heritage Highlights: Late Saxon doorway and tub font
The walls are of local sandstone rubble with corner and window dressings of porous tufa quarried near Clifton on Teme. The chancel was rebuilt in the 13th century, and the nave extended westward in the 14th century, when the timber-framed west porch was added. The south wall of the nave is much later, being rebuilt around 1723.
The bell turret is 18th century, but the bells are considerably older; one is probably 14th century and the other in a peculiar 'flower-pot' shape dated to the early 13th century. The original headstock for the bells is on display by the blocked south door inside the church. Against the east wall is a grave stone dated 1750 and shows the word 'eternally' inscribed as 'eturnially'. Perhaps the stonemason was illiterate?
One of the most interesting features is a set of three 17th century wall monuments to the Colles family, in neo-classical style with broken pediments supported on Ionic and Corinthian columns. The earliest of the Colles memorials is that of John Colles (d. 1641) and the youngest is that of Sara Colles, dated 1672. The Colles family built the original Hatfield Court, now vanished and replaced by Hatfield Court Farm.
Visiting St Leonards
If you set your satnav for the centre of Hatfield, expecting to find the church, you will be disappointed. As we discovered by chance, the church actually stands well to the west of the hamlet, at the junction of the road to Grafton. St Leonards is usually open daylight hours.
England, HR6 0SF
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the western edge of Hatfield hamlet, opposite the minor road to Grafton. Usually open daylight hours.