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Tonwell is located in Hertfordshire
 Tonwell shown within Hertfordshire
Population 296 (2001)
OS grid reference TL334172
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 North East Hertfordshire
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Coordinates: 51°50′16″N 0°03′52″W / 51.8379°N 0.0644°W / 51.8379; -0.0644

Tonwell is a small village in Bengeo Rural parish, Hertfordshire.

The village is situated just off the A602 (formerly B1001), having been bypassed in 1987 - making the A10 and therefore London and Cambridge easily accessible by road.

Tonwell has a population of about 300 persons, and the demographic is similar to that of Hertfordshire itself, with a number of family properties as well as those more suited to elderly people. Surrounding the village is Paynes Hall (south of the village by half a mile, where the A602 crosses the River Rib); the Bengeo Temple farm, and the Parkland at Sacombe (listed in the landscape character assessment as a rare and significant example of Victorian parkland[1]).

Tonwell has close ties to the neighbouring hamlet of Chapmore End; the only other settlement in the parish. The two settlements hold combined events such as the village fete, and regular parish events in the parish hall in Tonwell.

Village amenities include a school (built in 1858[2]), village hall, and the Robin Hood (free house) pub.

Tonwell Water Tower

The village shop and Post Office was closed down by the owners in the 1980s and converted into a restaurant room for the pub. The nearest food stores or Post Offices are now situated in Hertford, Watton-at-Stone or Ware.

The Church of St Mary's in Tonwell [CoE] adjoins the village school, and contains a Norman era font (relocated from St Nicholas' church in Hertford in about 1700 AD).[citation needed] The church also contains wood panelling from the Houses of Parliament, which were installed in the church following bomb damage after the Second World War.[citation needed] In the 1990s, the church fell into disrepair, and eventually in the 2000s services were suspended. In 2005 the church was officially closed and renovated with the village school being extended into the church to cope with rising pupil numbers.

Tonwell Water Tower[edit]

The skyline of the village is dominated by the futuristic 1960s concrete water tower, which makes the village stand out from others surrounding it because it is so unusual. In recognition of this, in 2007 it was listed at Grade II.[3] The water tower has a capacity of 50,000 gallons and was built in 1964. It was designed by Edmund C. Percey of Scherrer and Hicks.


  1. ^ EHDC Landscape Character Assessment
  2. ^ Tonwell Village School prospectus
  3. ^ Tonwell Water Tower Listing Document

External links[edit]

Media related to Tonwell at Wikimedia Commons