Letchmore Heath

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Letchmore Heath
Letchmore Heath.jpg
The Green in Letchmore Heath with the Three Horseshoes pub
Letchmore Heath is located in Hertfordshire
Letchmore Heath
Letchmore Heath
Location within Hertfordshire
Population470 (2001 census)
OS grid referenceTQ151977
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWATFORD
Postcode districtWD25
Dialling code01923
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°40′01″N 0°20′10″W / 51.667°N 0.336°W / 51.667; -0.336Coordinates: 51°40′01″N 0°20′10″W / 51.667°N 0.336°W / 51.667; -0.336

Letchmore Heath is a village in Hertfordshire in England, situated about three miles east of Watford.


Letchmore Heath, a village of about 150 houses, it lies to the east of Watford, west of Radlett and southwest of Aldenham.

Due to its proximity to Elstree Studios, it has often been used as a set in films, in particular the 1960 British horror movie Village of the Damned.

It has a village green, a pond and a pub, the Three Horseshoes, which is on the north side of the green.

The name Letchmore is derived from the Old Saxon "leche mere", meaning muddy pond. The present pond is located to the south of the village green.

To the west, but still within the village, is Bhaktivedanta Manor.[1]


Letchmore Heath has no main roads running through it and no public transport. It is, however, close to the M1 and M25 motorways. The nearest railway stations are at Radlett, Stanmore, Elstree & Borehamwood and Watford.

Famous residents[edit]

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, commonly known as the Hare Krishnas, stayed in Letchmore Heath for a few months every year after establishing Bhaktivedanta Manor, a temple, in the village.

He commented about Letchmore Heath, that because it was so beautiful with many forest walks, it reminded him of Krishna’s birthplace, Vrindavana.[2] He would daily go on long walks through the village and appreciated its cleanliness.[2]

Graphic designer David Rudnick was born in Letchmore Heath and spent his formative years there.[3]

Novelist Joanna Briscoe spent her early years here, and the location inspired the setting for her novel 'Touched.


  1. ^ "Filming Locations for 1960 sci-fi classic Village of the Damned, at Letchmore Heath in Hertfordshire.(archived)". Archived from the original on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b Bhaktivedanta Manor Janmashtami website
  3. ^ Interview with David Rudnick

External links[edit]

Media related to Letchmore Heath at Wikimedia Commons