Area Guide: The pretty Hertfordshire village of Bedmond

Bedmond - home to the Church of the Ascension, or 'tin church' - is conveniently located for both He

Bedmond - home to the Church of the Ascension, or 'tin church' - is conveniently located for both Hemel and Watford. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

About three miles south of Hemel Hempstead and minutes from the M25 and M1, Bedmond is one of Hertfordshire's best connected villages. We found out more about it this pretty little place...

Bedmond was once a farming area and a large portion of the district is still made up of farm land and agricultural service.

Searches Lane runs alongside the M1 and M25. Picture: Archant

Searches Lane runs alongside the M1 and M25. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

It is popular with outdoor pursuits enthusiasts, and its many paths for cycling, running, or a casual stroll around the countryside make it easy to enjoy its great outdoors.

Its amenities include a post office, a convenience store and a garage.

High Street, Bedmond. Picture: Archant

High Street, Bedmond. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Travel

Hemel may be the closest town to Bedmond, but Watford and St Albans are also within a five mile radius. 

Bedmond has efficient local and regional transportation networks; the M25 and M1 are both just minutes away by car, while nearby Kings Langley offers rail links into London Euston in half an hour.

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History

In 1880, the village’s famous ‘tin church’, also known as the ‘Church of the Ascension’ was opened. The church was bought for £80 by Mrs Solly, wife of the then Squire of Bedmond.

The Grade II listed building seats 60 people and has a bell in its steeple which is rung for services. A Holy Communion is held at the church every Sunday. 

Some more of Bedmond's character properties. Picture: Archant

Some more of Bedmond's character properties. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Closer to Abbots Langley was the Ovaltine dairy farm, based on the model dairy farm that was owned by Marie Antoinette. The M25 has long since replaced the land that was used to graze Jersey cows, and the building has become a private property aptly named Antoinette Court, located on Dairy Way.

A final historical factoid relates to Pope Adrian the IV, born Nicholas Breakspear around 1100 in Bedmond. The son of a poor priest, Breakspear strived to be 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. He was Pope Adrian IV from 1154 until his death in 1159 aged 59.

His death is considered something of a myth; the story is that he died – aged 59, in 1159 – choking on a fly whilst drinking wine.

A plaque to commemorate him has been placed where his former home was built.

Pubs and property 

The Bell, previously known as The Blue Bell is believed to have been around since 1618. Located on High Street, it has recently come under new ownership and has received rave reviews for its warm welcome and hearty pub grub. 

The 17th century White Hart pub on Sergehill Lane closed in 2009 and is now a private house. Picture

The 17th century White Hart pub on Sergehill Lane closed in 2009 and is now a private house. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

The White Hart Inn sadly closed in 2009 and has since been converted into a private house, following in the footsteps of The Green Man. Now known as Green Man House, it last changed hands in March this year for £730,000. 

One of Bedmond's period homes. Picture: Archant

The Green Man pub was converted into a private dwelling many years ago. - Credit: Archant

The Travellers’ Rest pub was located in Porridge Pot Hill (now called Church Hill) and Dick Turpin is said to have visited.

There are two possible explanations for the hill’s original name; one is that porridge was the meal of choice for many of the travellers passing through. Another is that it was 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.

Schools

The village has a one-form entry primary school, Bedmond Academy, which also has a morning nursery class.

Formerly known as Bedmond Village Primary and Nursery School, it was placed in special measures in 2016 following an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report. It opened in September 2017 with its new name.

The closest secondary school to the village is the partially selective and extremely popular Parmiter’s School in Garston (‘outstanding’). Other nearby options include Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead (‘good’) and Francis Combe Academy in Garston (‘requires improvement’).

This area guide is sponsored by Frost's, who have offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead and Harpenden...

This area guide is sponsored by Frost's, who have offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead and Harpenden (www.frosts.co.uk/branches) - Credit: Archant


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