Stanstead Abbotts

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Coordinates: 51°47′19″N 0°00′44″E / 51.788613°N 0.012308°E / 51.788613; 0.012308

Stanstead Abbotts
The High Street at Stanstead Abbotts - geograph.org.uk - 730563.jpg
The High Street at Stanstead Abbotts
Stanstead Abbotts is located in Hertfordshire
Stanstead Abbotts
Stanstead Abbotts
 Stanstead Abbotts shown within Hertfordshire
Population 1,983 
OS grid reference TL4011
District East Hertfordshire
Shire county Hertfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WARE
Postcode district SG12
Dialling code 01920
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Hertford and Stortford
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England
Hertfordshire

Stanstead Abbotts (alternatively Stanstead Abbots) is a village and civil parish in the district of East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, England. At the 2001 census the parish had a population of 1,983.[1] It lies on the county boundary with Essex, and is situated approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) SSE of Ware, 6.5 miles (10.5 km) SE of Hertford, 3 miles (4.8 km) NNE of Hoddesdon and 5 miles (8.0 km) W of Harlow. The village is separated from the village of Stanstead St Margarets by the River Lea.

History[edit]

Name and origins[edit]

The village's name was recorded as "Stanstede" at the time of the Domesday Survey in the late eleventh century. In the twelfth century the manor passed to the abbot of Waltham Holy Cross. By the fourteenth century the suffix "Abbatis", "Abbotts" or "Abbot" formed part of the parish's name. The abbey continued possession of the manor until its dissolution in 1531.[2][3]

The manor of Stanstead Abbotts was granted to Anne Boleyn and remained with the crown after her execution. In 1559 Queen Elizabeth granted it to Edward Baeshe and it remained in the Bashe family for several generation.[2]

The Village[edit]

Once situated on the main A414 it has many old buildings in its High street although many have now made way for newer residential properties because the village is on the Hertford East Branch Line with trains from St Margarets station into Liverpool Street Station. The main industry in the village used to be making ale but again many of the original maltings have now been demolished to make way for a small business park.

The main entrance to the All Nations Christian College in Stanstead Abbotts was used as the entrance to the school in the "St Trinians" films.

The local school is St Andrews Primary CE (VC) Primary School.[4]

The village has a Scout Group, the 1st Stanstead Abbotts & St. Margaret's Scout Group.[5]

The Lee Valley Marina, part of the Lee Valley Park, is located to the south of the village on the River Lea.[6]

In recent years the village was awarded the title "Best kept village in Hertfordshire - large village" which if nothing else establishes that it is a "large" village.

Several bus routes run through and on the outskirts of the village including buses to Harlow, Hunsdon, Hertford, Cheshunt and Waltham Cross.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Stanstead Abbotts has a Non-League football club St. Margaretsbury F.C., which plays at The Recreation Ground.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish Headcount: Stanstead Abbots CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Parishes: Stanstead Abbots". A History of the County of Hertford: volume 3. British History Online. 1912. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Hertfordshire County Council. "Stanstead Abbots". Hertfordshire Extensive Urban Survey. Archaeology Data Service. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "St Andrews CE (VC) Primary School". Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "1st Stanstead Abbotts & St. Margaret's Scout Group". Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Lee Valley Regional Park Authority - Stanstead Marina". Retrieved 12 August 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Stanstead Abbotts at Wikimedia Commons