The old Thundridge church was demolished in 1853. The tower, however, was left in place. At the time Thundridge was one of the oldest churces in this part of England.
The original burial ground remains which contains a number of ld tomb and mausoleums. One unusual epitaph for Roger Gardiner and his wife reads;
Roger lies here before his hour,
Thus doth the Gardiner lose his flower.
Thundridge is just shy of three miles north of Ware. The river Rib can be seen from tower.
Locals report tales of wichcraft, vandalism and desecration at the church.
The Church – sometimes known as Cold Christmas church – is believed to be haunted.
A common report is of a ghostly grumbling growl that echoes out from the tower. Reports of the noise became so frequent that in January 2009 the local East Herts Herald sent a camera crew and journalist to investigate.
Another famous tale dates back to 1978 when a terrified local woman reported an entire ghost army marching out of the church. Reports say the ghost army let out a blood-curdling roar and marched straight through the poor woman.
Other reports speak of a figure in a black robe that is sometimes seen in burial ground.
In Pure Spirit
Have you seen ghosts near Cold Christmas Lane, the church or tower?
If you’re a local we’d love to hear what you think about the site!