Bricket Wood Common
south of the town/village
Mount Pleasant Lane JMI School
Bricket Wood shown within Hertfordshire
|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|
Civil organisation and notable buildings
It is part of the archaically named civil parish of St Stephen, as there is no church connection to its affairs as the third tier of local government. It is in the St Albans district who share provision of local government services with Hertfordshire County Council.
The local primary school is Mount Pleasant Lane, situated in grounds that include a small pond.
Close to the village stands Hanstead House, built by Sir David Yule in 1925, who is buried in the grounds. It operated as a famous horse-breeding farm, an American evangelical college, and a corporate training centre. It is now being developed for housing.
The area of Bricket Wood was mostly occupied by farmers until Bricket Wood train station was built in 1861. In 1889 brothers Henry Gray and William Gray bought up land in the area and built Woodside Retreat Fairground. The fairground attracted hordes of visitors to the area from London and nearby towns and a small village developed around the station. In 1923, a rival fairground named Joyland was built nearby by R.B Christmas. Both resorts were closed in 1929, Christmas used his leftover land for building bungalows.
During the 1930s the area became popular with naturists after Charles Macaskie set up the naturist camp Spielplatz on the outskirts of the village. Naturists bought up plots of land on the edge of the village and built their own communities, which at first didn't have electricity or running water. The village also began to attract Wiccans after Gerald Gardner set up Bricket Wood coven.
During the 1950s estates were built to house workers for nearby aviation company Handley Page, estates have also been built since to accommodate demands for commutable housing near London. Turning a scattered rural development into a compact village. 
|Frogmore, Park Street|
|Abbots Langley||Colney Street|
Leavesden Green, Watford
|across Bricket Wood Common and Aldenham Golf Course
- Frank Turner (1922-2010), three-times Olympic gymnast, died at his home in the village.
- Ralph Coates, footballer who played for England and Tottenham Hotspurs, lived in the village until his death in December 2010
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