Welham Green

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Not to be confused with Walham Green.
Welham Green
Welham Green is located in Hertfordshire
Welham Green
Welham Green
 Welham Green shown within Hertfordshire
Population 3,639 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference TL232055
District Welwyn Hatfield
Shire county Hertfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HATFIELD
Postcode district AL9
Dialling code 01707
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Welwyn Hatfield
List of places
UK
England
Hertfordshire

Coordinates: 51°44′05″N 0°13′02″W / 51.73468°N 0.21732°W / 51.73468; -0.21732

Welham Green is a village in the parish of North Mymms, Hertfordshire, England. It is situated a mile to the west of the Great North Road coaching route that used to run through the neighbouring hamlet of Bell Bar from London to York and the north. The Great North Road is now by-passed by the A1(M). Even so, Welham Green has developed into a large village over the last 20 years, helped by the 1986 opening of its own railway station between Brookmans Park and Hatfield on the East Coast Main Line. Recent housing development has portended the joining of the village with the neighbouring town of Hatfield. Some residents, including the North Mymms Green Belt Society, wishing to maintain Welham Green's character, have resisted such development.

Welham Green from the East Coast Main Line

First balloon landing in England[edit]

In the village, on the corner of Huggins Lane and Parsonage Lane, is a stone plinth marking a point close to which in 1784 (at 3.30pm on 15 September) the Italian balloonist Vincenzo Lunardi, while on the first hydrogen filled balloon flight in England, is reputed to have made his first landing, although there is reason to believe that the site was probably nearer Northaw. The plinth states that on landing Lunardi handed a cat and a dog that had accompanied him from London before re-ascending and continuing north east. According to legend, the recipient of the animals was a local woman.

The plinth reads:

Near this spot at 3.30 in the afternoon of September 15th 1784 Vincenzo Lunardi the Itialian Balloonist made his first landing whilst on his pioneer flight in the English atmosphere. Having handed out a cat and dog the partners of his flight from London he re-ascended and continued North Eastward.

Public transport[edit]

The village is served by Welham Green railway station and local bus services provided by Uno, Arriva and Sullivan Buses.

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