Aldenham

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This article is about the village in Hertfordshire. For the London Transport Bus Overhaul Works, see Aldenham Works.
Aldenham
St John the Baptist Aldenham.jpg
Church of St John the Baptist, Aldenham
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The village green
Aldenham is located in Hertfordshire
Aldenham
Aldenham
 Aldenham shown within Hertfordshire
Area  8.475 sq mi (21.95 km2)
Population 9,942 (2001 census)
   – density  1,173 /sq mi (453 /km2)
OS grid reference TQ138981
Civil parish Aldenham
District Hertsmere
Shire county Hertfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WATFORD
Postcode district WD25
Dialling code 01923
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Hertsmere
List of places
UK
England
Hertfordshire

Coordinates: 51°40′20″N 0°21′17″W / 51.6723°N 0.3546°W / 51.6723; -0.3546

Aldenham is a village and civil parish in Hertfordshire, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-east of Watford and 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of Radlett. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and is one of Hertsmere's 14 conservation areas. This secluded little village has eight pre-19th century buildings that are listed buildings[1] and the parish itself is largely unchanged, though buildings have been rebuilt, since Saxon times when the majority of the land was owned by the abbots of Westminster Abbey.

In the Index of Multiple Deprivation, the ward of Aldenham East was ranked the least deprived ward out of 8414 in England, while Aldenham West also featured among the least deprived three per cent in the country. Radlett forms the eastern part of the civil parish.

History[edit]

The Church of St John the Baptist in Aldenham is seven hundred years old and there is good reason to believe that an earlier Saxon church stood on the site. After the Reformation the lands were sold off to the highest bidders and Aldenham is probably smaller today than it was 500 years ago.

In 1940, a German air attack damaged stained glass and removed the "Hertfordshire Spike" – the spire on the top of the tower. Restoration work was completed in 1951.

Both the church and the village have been used in many films, advertisements and television programmes, being within easy travelling distance of Elstree Studios. These have included the film Confessions of a Window Cleaner, BBC television series Pathfinders, and the Coldplay music video for "Life in Technicolor II", to name but a few.

Although it gave its name to the Aldenham Bus Works owned by London Transport, Aldenham Works was actually located at nearby Elstree.

Hamlets[edit]

Round Bush

Round Bush[edit]

Round Bush is also on the B462 road, in the Hertsmere District and lies immediately to the east, less than 300 metres (980 ft) away. Its population size and number of buildings make it a smaller settlement.[2] However, Round Bush has one pub[3] A more average (smaller) size hamlet, the centre with the vast majority of the homes due to surrounding cultivated larger sized farms - is where three roads meet at a public house.

Letchmore Heath green

Letchmore Heath[edit]

This is the largest hamlet, and is 0.8 miles (1.3 km) southeast, it is slightly larger in population size than the village itself, see Letchmore Heath.

Patchetts Green

Patchetts Green[edit]

On Hilfield Lane, Patchetts Green is a hamlet of several historic houses, including the Three Compasses public house,[4] Little Patchetts Green Farm[5] and Patchetts Farm.[6]

The other listed buildings here are: Delrow Cottage,[7] Delrow Almshouses [8] and Garden Cottage [9]

Crossways Cottage is just northeast of the Infant School and almshouses and is opposite the junction of the lane leading to Letchmore Heath. [10]

Other landmarks[edit]

Close to the church stand a number of buildings of historical interest. The earliest of these is Aldenham Social Club – a late medieval hall house dating from around 1500. To the west of the churchyard stands Church Farm House (16th – 18th century) and to the east the old vicarage (now two dwellings), a fine example of early 18th century red brick architecture.

The parish of Aldenham also has two British public schools: Aldenham School and the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys School (and associated girls school).

Wall Hall is a magnificent gothic revival mansion with a castellated façade created in the early nineteenth century.[11]

Sporting/Leisure amenities[edit]

Aldenham Country Park
between Aldenham and Elstree
Aldenham Reservoir during competitive outings of mini-keelboats

The golf and country park is central to the village in Church Lane.
Aldenham Country Park is council-owned land which is some distance away from the old village closer to the two southern hamlets it has a 60 acres (24 ha) lake, Hillfield Reservoir and is south of Letchmore Heath.
Directly south of the country park is Aldenham Sailing Club which enjoys Aldenham Reservoir a 50 acres (20 ha) wide boxing glove shaped lake next to Elstree.

References[edit]

  1. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1103641)". National Heritage List for England.  Aldenham Social Club,
    English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1103642)". National Heritage List for England.  Church, the only building not at Grade II, and in fact well above Grade II* at Grade I
    English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1103643)". National Heritage List for England.  Coningesby family monument,
    English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1346867)". National Heritage List for England.  Burne family monument,
    English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1296352)". National Heritage List for England.  Corner Cottage,
    English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1346866)". National Heritage List for England.  Church Farm House,
    English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1346868)". National Heritage List for England.  Glebe Place,
    English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1001455)". National Heritage List for England.  Wall Hall in Round Bush
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey, Get a Map website
  3. ^ Beer In the Evening Get a Map
  4. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1174021)". National Heritage List for England.  Three Compasses
  5. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1103572)". National Heritage List for England.  Little Patchetts
  6. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1103575)". National Heritage List for England.  Patchetts
  7. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1346911)". National Heritage List for England.  Delrow Cottage
  8. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1173191)". National Heritage List for England.  Delrow Almshouses
  9. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1346909)". National Heritage List for England.  Garden Cottage
  10. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1103621)". National Heritage List for England.  Crossways Cottage / Four Want Ways
  11. ^ "Wall Hall, Aldenham". Images of England, English Heritage, National Monuments Record. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 

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