Piccotts End

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Piccotts End
Piccotts End is located in Hertfordshire
Piccotts End
Piccotts End
 Piccotts End shown within Hertfordshire
OS grid reference TL051090
District Dacorum
Shire county Hertfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Hemel Hempstead
Postcode district HP1
Dialling code 01442
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Hemel Hempstead
List of places
UK
England
Hertfordshire

Coordinates: 51°46′14″N 0°28′40″W / 51.770487°N 0.477733°W / 51.770487; -0.477733

Piccotts End, Marchmont Regency villa. Now a public house.

Piccotts End is a village in Hertfordshire, England situated on the upper River Gade. While often mistaken for a hamlet, it became a village when its church - All Saints - was dedicated in 1907[1] and remained a place of worship until the 1970s.[2]

The village is home to several medieval cottages and a number of Georgian and Regency villas. One of these, Marchmont, is now a public house. There is an extensively restored 19th century watermill. Piccotts End is positioned on the edge of Hemel Hempstead's extensive urban area, but careful planning has kept green space between it and the town.

In 1953 some unusually fine medieval wall paintings were discovered in some cottages here. The paintings date to between 1470 and 1500 and show a number of religious scenes, including the baptism of Jesus by St John (wearing camel skin complete with head and hoofs) and a scene of the Virgin Mary holding Christ's body in front of the cross. Also depicted are St Peter, St Catherine of Alexandria with her wheel and sword and St Margaret of Antioch emerging from the belly of the dragon.[3] It is believed that these wall paintings show a link to the 'heretical' Cathar beliefs of southern France and adjacent areas of Catalonia and northern Italy.[1] The building was also found to have a hidden room in the roof, suggesting it was a priest hole and an Elizabethan painted room in the next door cottage. In 1827 the same building had been converted into the West Herts Infirmary, the first cottage hospital, by Sir Astley Cooper, providing free medical services.[4]

The Piccotts End Pumping Station operated by Three Valleys Water takes its name from the village, but is actually located on a dedicated utility site containing water treatment works and an electricity sub-station.

Switching and transformer station Piccotts End.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives Hemel Hempstead Parish Records, 1558-1993
  2. ^ London Gazette The London Gazette, 16 February 1973: to the north of the front entrance to Piccotts End farmhouse opposite All Saints Church
  3. ^ "Wall paintings on the move", Financial Times, 28 October 2000, p. 18; and
  4. ^ Dacorum Heritage Trust On the future of Piccotts End Cottages. Accessed April 2007

External links[edit]

Media related to Piccotts End at Wikimedia Commons