Area Guide: Bedmond
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Bedmond is located in the Three Rivers District of Hertfordshire, approximately one mile north of Abbots Langley. Properties in the area are accompanied by scenic greenery and spacious gardens, with an Abbots Langley post code (WD5).
The Three Rivers District is associated with a variety of well established international companies, in conjunction with business support. Business support is highly regarded to help people open up businesses to expand employment opportunities. A large portion of the district is made up of farm land and agricultural service to help support the local economy. The local environment represented for livelihood and work is 65 per cent Green Belt.
The properties in the area range from detached and semi detached houses, to terraced houses and flats. The average price paid for a Bedmond property is £569,500. Average pricing for a detached house is £693,244, £518,360 for a semi detached house, and £927,095 for a flat.
A history of firsts is associated with Bedmond. In 1880 Bedmond’s ‘Tin church’, also known as the ‘The church of Ascension’ was one of two churches of its kind in the entire country. The church ultimately gave Bedmond the right to be called a village. The church was bought for £80 by ‘Mrs Solly’, wife of the former ‘Squire of Bedmond’. Church services still resume twice monthly, and on special occasions.
Closer to Abbots Langley was the Ovaltine dairy farm. The farm was a copy of the model dairy farm that was owned by Marie Antoinette herself. However, the farm had been sold. The M25 has replaced the flourishing farm land that was used to graze Jersey cows. As for the building, it has since become a private property aptly named Antoinette Court.
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The famously known Travellers’ Rest was located in Porridge Pot. The name has been suggested as a reference as to what was served to people who stopped in after a journey. Even Dick Turpin has been said to have stopped in. Porridge Pot has also been said to have been named after the legend of a witch who lived at the bottom of the hill. A peculiar mist was said to rise in the early mornings from the steam of her hot bowl of breakfast porridge.
The final historical factoid relates to Pope Adrian the IV, born as Nicholas Breakspear. Nicholas Breakspear was born around 1100 at Abbots Langley. Son of a poor priest, Breakspear strived to admitted to the Abbey, but was apparently refused due to his lack of education.
Afterwards, Breakspear set off on a voyage to France, becoming a monk in St Rufus. With further progression in the friary in 1137, he was then elected abbot. Controversy was evoked amongst local power holders over his demand of the church’s power over secular affairs. Former Pope Eugenius III elected Nicholas as Bishop of Albano.
Achievements in his role included organising the church of Catalonia after the defeat of the Saracens, and restructuring of the religious system of Scandinavia to ensure there were adequate bishops standing in at political institutions.
The death of Nicholas Breakspear is considered something of a myth. The story is that he died choking on a fly whilst drinking wine.
Nicholas Breakspear died at 59, in 1159. A plaque to commemorate him has been placed where his former home was built.
According to an Ofsted inspection, Bedmond village primary school is a welcoming school that is improving rapidly. The primary school is calm and orderly.
Pupils from all backgrounds, disabled pupils, and those with special education needs are supported well.
The curriculum intends to raise school standards by developing English vocabulary development and grammar, teaching simple fractions from KS1, and teaching evolution for the first time in a primary school.
Bedmond is equipped with efficient local and regional transportation networks; with M25, M1, rail and tube links.
Located in the heart of Bedmond is the White Hart Inn. Sited 50 yards from the main road makes the White Hart Inn an ideal place for a quick stop for a relaxing drink, food, and an array of company.
Visitors from all over stop at the conveniently placed pub, which always makes for a socially pleasant atmosphere.
The Bell, previously known as ‘The Blue Bell’ has been presumed to have been around since 1618. It is an old roadside pub also located along the main road from Bedmond to Hemel Hempstead. The bar includes a television for lounging entertainment, along with a cosy fire place on a cold English night.
Sports and leisure
Bedmond is conveniently located seven miles from Hertfordshire Sports Village which is equipped with both an indoor and outdoor pool. For something a little closer to home people can visit the Bedford sports and social club. The club partakes in a variety of leisure activities for a fun casual day or family outing: film exhibitions, indoor sporting events, live music, recorded music, and dance performances.
Bedmond is also idyllically enriched with many paths for cycling, running, or a casual stroll around the countryside.