11th Century

The Normans begin to build a new settlement, complete with castle, two miles east of the settlement surrounding St Mary’s church.


St Peter’s church in Berkhamsted is built, its new parish being taken from the central portion of St Mary’s parish.

The settlement around St Mary’s becomes known as the ‘North Church’, the church to the north of St Peter’s.

13th Century

St Mary’s church is extended and rebuilt into a standard crucifix-shaped layout complete with tower.