Steeple Bumpstead - St Mary
The tower and chancel of this Grade I listed church were built during the 11th century. The nave and porch date from the late 14th or early 15th century. The eastern part of the tower, tops of the aisles, clerestory and top of the porch are of early sixteenth century brick. The south aisle roof added during the 16th century is by Thomas Loveday and is particularly fine, with carved tie-beams and ridge and a carved rose pendant hanging from the middle of each principal tie-beam. Most of the exterior features of the church, including the window tracery, belong to a restoration of 1877/80. The church is in the heart of the village, opposite a pub and just a few yards from the moot hall.