Area Guide: Ideally situated between Watford and St Albans, the village of Bricket Wood is an area of outstanding natural beauty; resplendent with a rich local history and distinct traditions
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With its strong transport links, Bricket Wood combines modern convenience with the camaraderie of village life. As part of the St Albans district, the village shares local services with Hertfordshire County Council.
House prices average at £364,167, £479,441, and £618,429 for terraced, semi-detached and detached properties respectively. Without exemptions, smaller properties in Band A would expect to pay a council tax bill of £998. Band D homes would receive a bill of £1510.00 and the most expensive houses in Band H could expect a bill of £2993.00
Bricket Wood is in the catchment area for many primary schools rated ‘Good’ by Ofstead, from Mount Pleasant Lane to Coates Way. Mount Pleasant offers before and after school care, starting from 7:30am and finishing at 6pm.
Senior school provision is excellent. Saint Michael’s Catholic High School and Parmiter’s School serve the village. Parmiter’s School motto “Nemo sibi nascitur” (No-one is born unto himself alone) epitomises the school’s ethos of service to the wider community.Transport links
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A 15 minute drive from St Albans and Watford, Bricket Wood is well connected to the surrounding area. Public transport is also available from the bus network and Bricket Wood train station.
A distinct local identity
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The area has a strong sense of community. The Bricket Wood Residents Association has meetings three times a year in St Luke’s Church Hall, discussing issues of village interest.
Bricket Wood Social club is a CIU supported organisation open to all locals and their families. The building offers a large garden with a play area for children, a function room for hire, darts, pool, a large TV and snooker rooms. Open 7 days a week, and with membership for £24/year, the club is a social hub for families in the village.
Shops and amenities
Shops are mainly concentrated on Oakwood Road and Bricket Wood Parade.
Oakwood Road offers residents an off-licence, grocery, chemist, butcher and, amazingly, a video rental shop. Bricket Wood Parade gives two choices for a fine meal out, The Viceroy of India, offering Indian meals, and The May Flower, which serves traditional Chinese food.
Founded in 1754, The Black Boy is well worth a visit, regularly hosting pub quizzes, events for the golf society and an enigmatic ‘Irish Night’. It offers a variety of real ales that change on a monthly basis.
Focus on... Morris Dancing
Recognised by their distinctive ‘tatter’ jackets of purple, green and black, the Wicket Brood troupe is one of the top Morris Dancing teams in the country. Performing dances with names like ‘hells bells’, ‘drunken idiot’ and the ‘ragged crow’ to name just a few, the society preserves older traditional dances from surrounding counties, as well as performing their own. The ‘Worcestershire Monkey’ is the group’s signature dance and is included in every performance; the dance has since been picked up by other troupes and is performed by Morris dancers across the UK.
Focus on... Bricket Wood Common
In all its glorious 70 hectares, Bricket Wood Common is a haven of biodiversity, and has been a recognised Site of Special Scientific Interest since the early 1980s. The Common consists of diverse habitats, including woodland, wet lowland heath, acid grassland and streams. The area supports an array of wildlife including great crested newts, heather, heath spotted orchids, fungi, and blue bells. The community takes great pride in the Common, and works with Hertfordshire council to preserve the biodiversity of the area.