Chaulden

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The Tudor Rose pub, built in 1957 adjacent to the Chaulden Neighbourhood centre parade of shops.

Chaulden is a residential district in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England located west of the town centre and bordering on open countryside. It was an early development in the construction of Hemel Hempstead new town, commenced in 1953 and has its own neighbourhood shopping centre.

The name Chaulden can be traced back to 1523 as a local field name and means a chalky valley. A country house and estate called Chaulden House occupied the area during the nineteenth century.[1][2]

The ancient Chaulden Lane is thought to preserve the route of Akeman Street, the Roman Road along the Bulbourne valley [3]

A large part of the site was previously occupied by Pixies Hill – a children's camp run by the National Camps Corporation. The old camp buildings were converted into the district's first school before permanent schools could be constructed.[1][4]

Building work on the new town district commenced in 1953 with the first houses occupied in December of that year.[1]

The Chaulden Neighbourhood centre – a parade of shops set in a crescent around a car park – was completed in 1958. The nearby pub the Tudor Rose also built by the New Town corporation, celebrates Hemel Hempstead's link to the Tudor King Henry VIII who gave the town its charter.[1]

The population of the appropriate Dacorum Ward at the 2011 Census (Chaulden and Warner's End) was 9,146.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hastie, Scott; Fletcher , Lynne (1997). Hemel Hempstead - The Story of New Town Development. Dacorum Borough Council. ISBN 0-9511539-2-7.
  2. ^ "Chaulden House, Hemel Hempstead, 1766 onwards". Hertfordshire Genealogy. September 2001. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  3. ^ Yaxley, Susan; et al. (1981) [1973]. History of Hemel Hempstead. Amplion Press: Hemel Hempstead Local History and Records Society. ISBN 0-9502743-0-5. page 2
  4. ^ "Pixies Hill (Camp School) Hemel Hempstead". Hemel Hempstead Gazette. 2004–2005. Retrieved 2 January 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Dacorum Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 October 2016.

Coordinates: 51°45′01″N 0°30′11″W / 51.75028°N 0.50306°W / 51.75028; -0.50306