Area Guide: The Hertfordshire village of Codicote

Some of Codicote's period homes. Picture: Danny Loo

Some of Codicote's period homes. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Codicote offers residents the peace of village life combined with the convenience of access to Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage's amenities. We found out more about this pretty place.

A large village with a strong sense of community spirit, Codicote sits on a chalk ridge in a valley in the Chiltern Hills.

The village plays host to two popular annual events; the much-loved Village Day is a fun mix of a parade and various competitions – including Bake Off and Best Float, while Goatfest is a live music festival. 

Property

Codicote is ideally located between Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO

Codicote is ideally located between Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

According to Rightmove, the average sale price for property in Codicote over the last year was £484,217, a slight dip from the 2016 peak of £486,982. 

Homes currently on the market in and around the village include a three-bed barn conversion on Kimpton Road for £1m and a two-bed period cottage on St Albans Road for £395,000.

Amenities

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Codicote’s scenic high street is lined with eateries. The Globe is a traditional boozer offering live music, TV sports channels and a range of food, from Thai to paella, while The Goat Inn is a cosy, welcoming venue with food and live music offerings. There is also the ever popular Codicote Spice Indian restaurant.

To the north-east of the village lies the picturesque St Giles Church with its adorned chapel of the Holy Innocents, dedicated by the Bishop of Rochester between 1108 and 1115.

St Giles Church, Bury Lane, Codicote. Picture: Danny Loo

St Giles Church, Bury Lane, Codicote. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

In the middle of the high street is the Codicote Peace Memorial Hall, an ideal venue at the heart of the village to hire for social functions. The main hall has table seating for 120, a sprung floor, and built-in stage lighting.

Schools

Codicote Church of England Primary School dates back to 1857, but the current school building on Meadow Way was established in 1972, and further expanded in 2001. The school was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted at its last inspection.

Secondary education is provided by schools in nearby towns, including Monk’s Walk in Welwyn Garden City (‘good’) and Hitchin Girls’ and Boys’ schools (both ‘outstanding’).

Transport

Knebworth train station is just two miles outside the village. Also nearby are Welwyn North and Welwyn Garden City railway stations, which have great links to the major towns and cities in the area.

Hitchin is about eight miles north of Codicote. Picture: Danny Loo

Hitchin is about eight miles north of Codicote. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Codicote is also well connected to major roads, eight miles from the M1 and less than three miles from the A1(M).

Local independent alternatives include Sherrardswood School in Welwyn, a co-educational day school for children aged two to 18. 

Codicote village centre. Picture: DANNY LOO

Codicote village centre. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

Sport

Codicote is known for its excellent sports facilities. The John Clements Sports and Community Centre was opened in 2015 following an epic fundraising effort which saw £550,000 raised.

It was named in honour of Codicote man John Clements, a teacher at Sherrardswood School, who lost his life rescuing 35 children from a burning hotel during a ski trip to Italy in 1976. He was posthumously awarded the George Cross.

Football, tennis, cricket, mini rugby and indoor bowls events are played at the site, and the centre also hosts social events, including weddings, birthday parties, live music, pilates sessions and bingo.

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

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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