Hertford Heath village green
|Population||2,672 (2011 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
It is located on a heath above the River Lea valley, on its south side. Almost all of the village is 90 metres (300 feet) above sea level, with most of the surrounding fields being arable farm land, or cattle and horse grazing.
The original hamlet of Hertford Heath was the southern part of the modern village along London Road, and was in the parish of Great Amwell. A separate village and parish called Little Amwell was centred on a village green a short distance to the north of Hertford Heath. During the twentieth century the urban areas of the two villages merged and the combined village became known generally as Hertford Heath.
In 1956 builders laying concrete for the garages in Trinity Road, came across a Belgic grave from about the 40–50 AD period, early Iron Age pottery was discovered and remnants are available to view in the British Museum.
More extensive historical facts can be found here extrapolated from a note written by Esme Nix of Rush Green (an area nestled in the corner of Downfield Road, Hoe Lane, Gallows Hill and the A10, giving the service station and A10 junction its name.)
Hertford Heath is part of the district of East Hertfordshire and the county of Hertfordshire. The civil parish of Hertford Heath was created on 1 April 1990 from the former parish of Little Amwell, which was abolished, and parts of the neighbouring parishes of Great Amwell, Stanstead St Margarets, and Ware. The parish is administered by Hertford Heath Parish Council. Whilst the civil parish is called Hertford Heath, the ecclesiastical parish which covers the area is called "Holy Trinity, Little Amwell".
Shops and facilities
The village has modest amenities including a convenience store, numerous public houses and eateries and a service station.
- The Silver Fox on London Road is a centrally located country pub with a small garden. It offers home cooked food and a wide selection at the bar.
- The Goat Inn at the junction of Vicarage Causeway and Downfield Road is the oldest building in the village, with cartography dating pre-1756 showing its location and existence. It is another country pub serving food and boasting an exterior seating area overlooking the village green and the pétanque court. Local legend suggests that Dick Turpin may have patronised The Goat Inn.
- The College Arms (formerly the Jolly Pindar, and prior to that, the East India College Arms – linked to the then East India Company College , now Haileybury College) is a modern gastropub.
- The Galley Hall, located in Hailey Lane is a freehouse pub offering home-cooked food.
- Hertford Heath Motors are a small MOT test centre and workshop and used car dealer located centrally on London Road.
- Haileybury Motor Works offer garage services, repairs, mechanics and equipment, and are located on the southern edge of the village by Haileybury College [see Schools below].
Hertford Heath Junior Mixed Infant (JMI) School caters for children from Nursery up to Year 6 (leavers for Secondary Education).
Haileybury College, a private boarding school (formerly the East India Company College , Imperial Service College  and United Services College ) is on the south-east boundary of the village. It offers facilities to the village and public at large who are able, subject to availability, to use its modern sports complex which includes:
- a 25-metre deck level indoor heated swimming pool
- an 8-court badminton hall
- 4 squash courts
- all-weather surface (with floodlights)
- a state-of-the-art fitness suite
- 8 tennis courts (summer only)
Notable locations and buildings
- The Village Hall – plays host to events such as the local farmers' market and the Annual Horticultural Society show
- Holy Trinity Church (Little Amwell) led by the Rev. Nick Sharp. It was built in 1863 to the design of Ewan Christian in the Early English Gothic style. It is a Grade II listed building. The church celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013.
- Ermine Street, the former Roman Road from London to York, runs from the rear of Hertford Heath Motors to Goose Green near Hoddesdon and onwards to London (it is now a bridleway to the South. The former route across the village through what is now Hogsdell Lane, on to Rush Green, has been bisected by the main route through Hertford Heath (B1197) and the development of housing across the village.
- The Hertford Heath nature reserve and Balls Wood nature reserve cover nearly 80 hectares of surrounding countryside and woodland. Hertford Heath is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and both sites are managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Balls Wood was purchased by the Trust from the Forestry Commission following a successful campaign.
- Florence L. Barclay (1862-1921): a romance novelist and short story writer. She was the wife of Reverend Charles W. Barclay, who was the vicar of Holy Trinity from 1881 to 1920.
- Vera Barclay (1893–1989): the daughter of Florence and Charles Barclay. She was a pioneer of female leadership in the Scout Movement and was instrumental in the establishment of the Wolf Cub programme in the United Kingdom and France. She later became a prolific author on a range of subjects, especially children's stories.
Freedom of the Parish
The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Parish of Hertford Heath.
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (July 2021)
- Frederick "Fred" Harrington.
- Lilly Bean.
- Gerald Nix: January 2000.
- Robert "Bob" Akers.
- Lea Valley
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- Ordnance Survey 1:2500 map Hertfordshire XXXVI.4, 1898
- East Hertfordshire (Parishes) Order (PDF). 1990. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
- "Church of England parish map". Church of England Research and Statistics Unit. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
- Haileybury Sports Complex – http://www.haileyburysportscomplex.co.uk/haileybury-sports-complex-hertfordshire-about-us.asp
- "Holy Trinity Hertford Heath". Holy Trinity Hertford Heath.
- "CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY (CHURCH OF ENGLAND), CHURCH HILL". historicengland.org.uk. Historic England. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
- "Pet Care Pal | Pet Product Reviews & Guides". Petcarepal.
- "Hertford Heath citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- "Map of Hertford Heath". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- "Hertford Heath". Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- "Balls Wood". Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- Wildlife trust saves Balls Wood, Accessed 15 February 2015
- Walker, Colin. "Scouting Personalities – Vera Barclay". Scouting Milestones. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- "Honorary Freedom of Hertford Heath". Hertford Heath Parish Council. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
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Map of Hertfordshire, UK with the following information shown:
- Administrative borders
- Coastline, lakes and rivers
- Roads and railways
- Urban areas
Equirectangular map projection on WGS 84 datum, with N/S stretched 160%
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- East: 0.35E
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- South: 51.59N
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Holy Trinity parish church, Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire, seen from the north