The Square, Wormley
|Population||less than 5,000|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
Wormley is a village in Hertfordshire, England. It is within the Borough of Broxbourne. The village is part of the census ward of Wormley and Turnford, which had a population of 8,146 at the 2001 census.
Wormley is close to the River Lea which runs from Luton towards Wheathampstead, then south towards London where it meets the River Thames. Wormley Rovers Football Club and Wormley Cricket Club are based at Wormley playing fields. Wormley also has Top Field and Cozens Grove Local Nature Reserve.
The name is thought to derive from the Old English "snake-infested leah"; the last element could mean "clearing", or perhaps "woodland pasture". Wormley was one of the manors which were granted by Harold Godwinson to the canons of Waltham Holy Cross. It was entered in the Domesday Book of 1085 as Wermelai, with a total of 28 households. Wormley remained under the control of the monastery until its dissolution in 1540 when it was granted to Sir Edward North. The manor house, called Wormleybury, on the south side of Church Lane, was totally rebuilt in 1734 and remodelled in 1767 and 1782 by Robert Mylne for Sir Abraham Hume. It has a stone portico and steps, with an octagonal bell turret. There is interior decoration of 1779 by Robert Adam. It is a Grade I Listed building.
There are two coal-tax posts in Wormley, both in unusual locations. One is in the middle of Wormley Wood and the other on the north side of a country lane at a point where it is hard to imagine any significant trade traffic passing by. They were erected following the London Coal and Wine Duties Continuance Act 1861, and thanks to them, many of the bridges across the River Thames were paid for.
- David Bentley started his footballing career at Wormley Youth Football Club.
- Census data
- "Top Field and Cozens Grove". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- "Map of Top Field and Cozens Grove". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- Rowe, Anne, and Williamson, Tom (2013) Hertfordshire: A Landscape History University of Hertfordshire Press, ISBN 978-1909291003 (Chapter 5)
- The Domesday Book Online - Hertfordshire
- Open Domesday - Wormley
- A History of the County of Hertford: Volume 3 (1912) (pp. 487-8)
- British Listed Buildings - Wormleybury, Broxbourne
- History of the County of Hertford pp. 489-490
- Bawtree, M. (1969) The City of London Coal Duties, printed in the London Archaeologist
- Johnson, W.B (1970) The Industrial Archaeology of Hertfordshire
- Info at broxbournewithwormley.org.uk
- "Wormley Primary School". Find and compare schools in England. GOV.UK. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
- The Big Local Trust Retrieved 5 March 2015
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