Area Guide: The popular Hertfordshire village of Colney Heath

High Street, Colney Heath

High Street, Colney Heath - Credit: Archant

A large village ideally placed for both St Albans and Hatfield, Colney Heath offers residents the best of both worlds. We found out more about it. 

Now a sizeable but sedate village of around 6,000 inhabitants, Colney Heath was once a busy trade route into London.

Three of south Hertfordshire’s 36 coal posts are found here – two on the Common and one on Coursers Road – marking London’s ancient customs boundary and thus the limit of Metropolitan Police authority.

Coal tax was introduced in the 17th century to help pay for the cost of rebuilding London after the Great Fire in 1666 and duties were levied until 1897.

Colney Heath Common, a 60-acre Hertfordshire Heritage site, can be found bordering the River Colne. Once owned by the Abbot of St Albans Abbey, until the dissolution of the monasteries, it is the last remnant of the old manorial lands of Tyttenhanger.

The River Colne runs behind Colney Heath High Street. Picture: Kevin Lines

The River Colne runs behind Colney Heath High Street. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

Sir Thomas Pope acquired the land in 1547, sustaining local people with common rights to graze. During the mid-18th and 19th centuries, the Heath became the haunt of highwaymen and was renowned for prize fighting, cock fighting and card gamblers. Over the years, the area diminished due to land enclosure and losses to make way for residential development.

Today, there is open public access to the Common. Visitors can enjoy a good network of nearby footpaths, the Alban Way being a particular local favourite.

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Amenities

The village pub, the Crooked Billet, is loved by locals and visitors, particularly cyclists and walkers. Long-term owners Wally and Julie are proud to offer a wide selection of real ales from local breweries as well as a range of hearty pub grub.

Other amenities include a newsagent, a post office, a hairdresser and The Rice, a popular Indian takeaway.

Colney Heath is twinned with Boissy-sous-Saint-Yon in France since 1982. Picture: Kevin Lines

Colney Heath has been twinned with Boissy-sous-Saint-Yon in France since 1982. - Credit: Archant

The well-used village hall is a meeting point for many clubs and is also available for event hire.

Religious residents are served by St Mark’s C of E church, which describes itself as an "active, charismatic, evangelical church". 

Travel

Colney Heath lies south of the A414 and the M25 is easily accessible, with an interchange less than two miles away. Bus routes connect Colney Heath to St Albans, and St Albans City and Hatfield stations offer direct rail services to London.

Sport and leisure

The recreation ground, situated behind the primary school, is home to Colney Heath Football Club. Founded in 1907, the club has teams for men, women and kids.

Green fingered locals can rent allotment plots in Gloucester Park, just off Hill End Lane, Highfield, from the parish council.

Colney Heath isn't short on green space. Picture: Kevin Lines

Colney Heath isn't short on green space. Picture: Kevin Lines - Credit: Archant

Property

Properties in the area range from pretty period cottages to modern new build homes.

According to Rightmove, the average sale price in the village over the last year was £542,854 up 13 per cent on the previous year. 

Homes currently on the market in the village include a four-bed, Grade II listed period house with annex for £1.25m, a two-bed semi for £375,000 and a one-bed ground floor flat for £225,000. 

School

Colney Heath School is a small primary and nursery with around 200 pupils on roll, ranked ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Colney Heath School. Picture: Danny Loo.

Colney Heath School. Picture: Danny Loo. - Credit: Archant

The closest secondaries include Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School in St Albans (‘good’) and Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School (‘outstanding’).

Twinning

The village has been twinned with Boissy sous Saint Yon in France since 1982. Colney Heath Parish Council chose Boissy because it was the same size as Colney Heath and the same distance from Paris as Colney Heath is from London. The Town Twinning Association hosts many social events in the Village Hall. On the outskirts of the village, on the way to St Albans, are two new roads, St Yon Court and Boissy Close, named after Colney Heath’s French twins.

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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