Average housing stock in How Wood
How Wood shown within Hertfordshire
|Population||3,542 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||St Stephen|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||ST ALBANS|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||St Albans|
The district council (in this instance, mid-tier of local government) is the City and District of St Albans - the city itself is 3 miles (4.8 km) north.
Although the area was once part of Park Street, development took place in most of the agricultural fields around Park Street Lane. Park Street joined the City Council rather than St Stephen civil parish. How Wood has grown to a sizeable residential area: its population in 2001 was 3,542. The area has the physical divide from Park Street of a railway line bridge adjoining two fields and a wood leading down to increasingly riverside woodland in Park Street, which sits on the river Ver in the northwest.
In How Wood there is a row of shops on Park Street Lane including a Co-op and an off-licence, a stationery shop and computer repair centre called BluelightOfiice. Park Street Lane leads under the railway line and then is immediately in the edge of the village centre of Park Street; in the centre is a post office and many traditional shops, some pubs and restaurants.
There are two schools, one outlying and one on the main street which has three listed buildings; the main street is a by-road to St Albans as it is from Bricket Wood only. The listed buildings are at Grade II and are Park Cottage, The Homestead and Orchard Cottage. Burstone Manor Farm is a pretty farm with mainly plant nurseries and some fisheries between the village and Chiswell Green - it is at the higher Grade II* and is a much older timber frame building, some of it 12th century, the remainder of it 15th and 17th century with new casements and with a moat., between the housing estates and Burstone Manor Farm are the smaller remains of How Wood and the larger Birch Wood.
How Wood has its own primary school, How Wood Primary School and Nursery.
Site of Special Scientific Interest
||Chiswell Green||Park Street||Park Street|
|across J21 of the M25 motorway, Holt, Searches and Millhouse farms:
|across the River Ver:
|Bricket Wood||Bricket Wood||across the Roman Villa, gravel pits and woods on both sides of the River Ver:
- Key Statistics for HCC Settlements
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1102863)". National Heritage List for England.
Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1102864)". National Heritage List for England.
Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1175499)". National Heritage List for England.
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1102862)". National Heritage List for England.
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