Hertford Heath

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Hertford Heath is a small village and civil parish near the county town of Hertford in Hertfordshire, England.

Hertford Heath village green

Geography[edit]

It is located on a heath above the River Lea valley, on its south side. Almost all of the village is 90 metres (300 feet) above sea level, with most of the surrounding fields being arable farm land, or cattle and horse grazing.

History[edit]

Hertford Heath was once a settlement of the Catuvellauni tribe, before Julius Caesar invaded in 54 BC.

In 1956 builders laying concrete for the garages in Trinity Road, came across a Belgic grave from about the 40–50 AD period, early Iron Age pottery was discovered and remnants are available to view in the British Museum.

More extensive historical facts can be found here extrapolated from a note written by Esme Nix of Rush Green (an area nestled in the corner of Downfield Road, Hoe Lane, Gallows Hill and the A10, giving the service station and A10 junction its name.)

Shops and facilities[edit]

The village has modest amenities including a convenience store, numerous public houses and eateries and a service station.

  • The Townshend Arms on London Road is a recently refurbished contemporary pub with pool, darts and regular live entertainment. (nb Recently closed again as of July 2013)
  • The Silver Fox on London Road is a centrally located country pub with a small garden. It offers home cooked food and a wide selection at the bar.
Hertford Heath village green viewed from near The Goat public house
  • The Goat Inn at the junction of Vicarage Causeway and Downfield Road is the oldest building in the village, with cartography dating pre-1756 showing its location and existence. It is another country pub serving food and boasting an exterior seating area overlooking the village green and the pétanque court. Local legend suggests that Dick Turpin may have patronised The Goat Inn.
The Galley Hall public house.
  • The Galley Hall, located in Hailey Lane is a freehouse pub offering home-cooked food.
  • Hertford Heath Motors are a small MOT test centre and workshop and used car dealer located centrally on London Road.
  • Haileybury Motor Works offer garage services, repairs, mechanics and equipment, and are located on the southern edge of the village by Haileybury College [see Schools below].

Schools[edit]

Hertford Heath Junior Mixed Infant (JMI) School caters for children from Nursery up to Year 6 (leavers for Secondary Education).

Haileybury College is close to the village.

Haileybury College, a private boarding school (formerly the East India Company College [1805], Imperial Service College [1845] and United Services College [1874]) is on the south-east boundary of the village. It offers facilities to the village and public at large who are able, subject to availability, to use its modern sports complex[1] whcih includes:

  • a 25-metre deck level indoor heated swimming pool
  • an 8-court badminton hall
  • 4 squash courts
  • all-weather surface (with floodlights)
  • a state-of-the-art fitness suite
  • 8 tennis courts (summer only)

Notable locations and buildings[edit]

Holy Trinity Church, the Church of England parish church for the ecclesiastical parish of Little Amwell.
  • The Village Hall – plays host to events such as the local farmers' market and the Annual Horticultural Society show
  • Holy Trinity Church (Little Amwell) led by the Rev. Nick Sharp.[2] The church celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013.
  • Ermine Street, the former Roman Road from London to York, runs from the rear of Hertford Heath Motors to Goose Green near Hoddesdon and onwards to London (it is now a bridleway to the South. The former route across the village through what is now Hogsdell Lane, on to Rush Green, has been bisected by the main route through Hertford Heath (B1197) and the development of housing across the village.
  • The Hertford Heath Nature Reserve[3] and the Balls Wood Nature Reserve[4] cover nearly 80 hectares of surrounding countryside and woodland, and are currently subject to campaigns to ensure preservation and maintenance of these reserves[5]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°47′N 0°3′W / 51.783°N 0.050°W / 51.783; -0.050

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haileybury Sports Complex – http://www.haileyburysportscomplex.co.uk/haileybury-sports-complex-hertfordshire-about-us.asp
  2. ^ http://www.hertford-heath-church.org.uk
  3. ^ Information on Hertford Heath Nature Reserve – http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/uk/hertford-heath.html
  4. ^ Information on Balls Wood Nature Reserve – http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/uk/balls-wood.html
  5. ^ The Wildlife Trust information on the campaign to save Balls Wood – http://www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/herts/reserves/balls%20wood.htm
  6. ^ Walker, Colin. "Scouting Personalities – Vera Barclay". Scouting Milestones. Retrieved 6 November 2014.