Area Guide: The historic Hertfordshire village of Datchworth

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:13 18 April 2017

The village sign on Datchworth Green

The village sign on Datchworth Green

Archant

Datchworth is one of Hertfordshire’s easterly villages, located between Welwyn Garden City, Hertford and Stevenage.

The Tilbury bar and restaurant, Watton Road The Tilbury bar and restaurant, Watton Road

Wander over to Datchworth Green and you will find the site of the 1665 Whipping Post, where many public lashings took place.

Nearby is All Saints church, a landmark of the area with its unique hilltop spire. The renovations of medieval and modern times have created a unique patchwork effect on the exterior, whilst maintaining the dignity of its past. A moat that had once surrounded the grounds of the church is still traceable today, as well as evidence to suggest that the church was originally built by the townspeople themselves.

Since then the village has expanded and updated to keep up with the needs of locals. There is a convenience store, bus services, a pub, cafés and an outreach post office.

The local people are friendly and many have lived in the village for most of their lives. Jane Wallace, from The Old Post Office Tea Rooms, has lived in Datchworth for 48 years and describes the village with great enthusiasm. “We have a very popular pub, The Tilbury, cricket on the Green in the summer, rugby in the winter,” she says. “We have a beautiful village church and a lovely tea room.”

Datchworth Green Datchworth Green

Transport links

Just 1.5 miles away from Datchworth village is Knebworth station, making this a perfect location for people travelling to work in the city. Trains from Knebworth will get you to London King’s Cross in 25 minutes, to Hitchin in 10 minutes and Cambridge in under an hour. A bus service runs from Datchworth Green to Stevenage, Knebworth and Hertford.

Datchworth Green Datchworth Green

Food and drink

In the heart of the village you will find The Tilbury, the local pub and restaurant. Run by brothers, James and Tom Bainbridge, with a two AA rosette awards and a fantastic Trip Advisor rating, The Tilbury serves up modern pub grub with a French twist, an option for anyone that wants to try Michelin quality food without the price tag. Many visitors have recommended the rabbit and carrot cake starter!

The Bainbridge brothers also run The Old Post Office Tea Rooms across the street. They serve homemade cakes daily for afternoon tea as well as providing room for private functions and parties. Similarly, We R Cakes Vintage Tea Room, make cakes fresh in their workshop for afternoon tea or celebrations. Take in a design and choose from the extensive list of flavour combinations and the talented team will whip it up.

Datchworth Green Datchworth Green

Culture, clubs and community projects

Attached to the We R Cakes Vintage Tea Room is the Mardleybury Gallery. There is a wide variety of artwork to view and purchase here, from intricate to abstract, painting to sculpture. The gallery also provides exclusive classes with professional artists. You can try the Graffiti Street Art Workshop with Mark Tanti or The Watercolour Workshop with Peter Massey, to name a couple. Plus, there is Vintage Paraphernalia next door, selling good-quality antiques from Tiffany stained glass lamps to Leonardo collectible dolls.

The Datchworth community is incredibly aware of environmental damage and waste caused by unwanted items so Vintage Paraphernalia is a great place to trade goods and recycle. They also have a Furniture Friends project, giving good-quality unwanted furniture to struggling families in the wider area.

Horse riding lessons are available at the stables opposite the gallery and there is free tennis coaching every Saturday at the Datchworth Green tennis court. Local sports clubs include football, cricket and rugby for adults and children. There are also many events that take place in the village hall; The Book Cupboard is a free book swapping project, the Tweenagers club offers Year 6, 7 and 8 students an opportunity to socialise and have fun in a safe environment, and The Elderberries for over 60s meet regularly for games, activities and conversation.

Education

In the centre of the village is All Saints C of E Primary School, with views over the neighbouring countryside and All Saints church. The school was awarded a ‘good’ rating by Ofsted. Students are encouraged to take part in activities involving the local community such as inter-village sporting events and performing at local festivals. There are also plenty of extra curricular options like French club and adventure club.

More…

There are many day trips you can take from Datchworth, one of the most popular being to Hatfield House with plenty to see and do and just 20 minutes away.

There are also plenty of pedestrian paths and bridleways for long strolls, dog walks, horse rides or cycles through the Hertfordshire countryside.

Jane Wallace describes Datchworth as “a very beautiful village, with lovely bridleways that extend out to other villages”. Walk along these and enjoy exploring the neighbouring villages of Watton-at-Stone, Bramfield and Aston.

Latest South Hertfordshire Property News

11:35

I’ve written before about my inability to get rid of random things I no longer need but can’t quite bring myself to part with. My tower of music papers from the ’90s, for example, or the suitcase full of dodgy second-hand clothes from that same decade. Then there’s the books. So many books.

Read more
Friday, November 17, 2017

St Albans homeowners are being urged to bring their price expectations in line with the current climate in order to secure a swift sale.

Read more
Friday, November 17, 2017

Following the closure of two mental health hospitals in the 1990s, the Highfield area of St Albans has evolved into a safe, suburban neighbourhood that is hugely popular with families.

Read more
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Whether you’ve stopped buying paper books or can’t stop buying them, you’ll probably have some overflowing shelves somewhere in your home. What should you do if your collection’s taking up too much space?

Read more
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Positioned on a private and secluded plot, this imposing family home offers substantial and impeccably-presented accommodation arranged over four floors.

Read more
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

From pumpkin farms to fallen leaves, our columnist has been enjoying all that autumn has to offer...

Read more
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

We’re a nation of landline-using, bathroom carpet-owners who haven’t updated our homes in years, new research has revealed.

Read more
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

As any country-wide property-watcher can confirm, most parts of The North are vastly more affordable than Hertfordshire. Having just spent a lovely weekend in Leeds, I’m wondering why.

Read more
Monday, November 13, 2017

A house in St Albans was one of Zoopla’s most viewed property listings during October.

Read more
Friday, November 10, 2017

Situated to the north-west of Harpenden, Kinsbourne Green is a peaceful hamlet with its own distinct identity.

Read more
Thursday, November 9, 2017

After much speculation, interest rates went up last week for the first time in more than 10 years.

Read more
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tenants are leaving London in record numbers, priced out by the rising cost of renting - and more and more are coming to St Albans.

Read more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This substantial Grade II listed character home is located in the heart of St Albans’ old conservation area.

Read more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Temperatures have taken a chilly turn, and as we dig out our hats and scarves we should spare a thought for the effect the cold may have on our homes and gardens.

Read more
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Excellent schools and sought-after streets are just two of the things residents love about the Marshalswick area of St Albans.

Read more
Monday, November 6, 2017

Continued pressure on housing means garden developments are becoming increasingly common. However, before you start the work there are some key legal issues you’ll need to consider.

Read more
Monday, November 6, 2017

Vegetable oil could become the heating of choice for more than 4,000 Hertfordshire homes by 2022, according to a new report on the future of rural heating.

Read more
Friday, November 3, 2017

Shrubs producing a feast of vibrant berries could be just the boost a drab winter garden needs, says Hannah Stephenson.

Read more
Friday, November 3, 2017

Bonfire Night should be an enjoyable occasion, but with flames and fireworks in the mix things can easily get out of hand.

Read more
Thursday, November 2, 2017

The season of all things spooky is now over, and it’s been interesting to see how increasingly willing we are to embrace it in – and, for that matter, on – our homes.

Read more
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Christmas is coming and Alison Wildon and Karen Francis of LifeWorks are helping homeowners get their properties prepped and ready in time for the big day.

Read more
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

This six-bed detached home is packed with features, including three en-suites, 
a games room and a double garage that could easily be used as guest or au pair accommodation.

Read more
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Alastair Woodgate, director of St Albans and Watford-based chartered surveyors Rumball Sedgwick, gets to the root of the problem.

Read more
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Does the thought of living on Coffin Close or Deadman’s Lane send a shiver down your spine?

Read more
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New affordable homes are to be built in St Albans for local people in housing need.

Read more
Monday, October 30, 2017

Fears about trick or treaters damaging property can spoil Halloween for homeowners.

Read more
Monday, October 30, 2017

Lenders have been raising their fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks – but it’s still possible to get a good deal. Vicky Shaw found out how...

Read more
Friday, October 27, 2017

October 31 is less than a week away, and Gabrielle Fagan is getting organised by dipping into a witch’s brew of interiors tricks and treats

Read more
Friday, October 27, 2017

A charming village filled with beautiful buildings, there’s lots to like about Markyate.

Read more
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

St Agnells Farm is an attractive residential holding with an impressive Grade II listed manor farmhouse, located on the northern outskirts of Redbourn.

Read more

HERTS AD PROPERTY E-EDITION

Image
Read the Herts Ad Property e-edition E-edition

NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP

Get the latest St Albans and Harpenden property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

MOST READ

search


e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Local business directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder