Upwick Green, Walnuttree Green

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The view from this bench in a field in Upwick Green was bucolic until the roadworks started. A dumper truck kicks up dust in the middle distance and out of shot there’s a long scar across the countryside. The noise from this far off is not loud but it is persistent. TheContinue reading “Upwick Green, Walnuttree Green”

Epping Green

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There’s no pavement along the road running through Epping Green, which meant it was a little tricky taking photos. The most imposing building is a brick stud farm with its cupola. The bricks are etched with the names and initials of innumerable youngsters. There’s a pub set back from the road andContinue reading “Epping Green”

Here there be dragons

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Hertford and Bishop’s Stortford Ordnance Survey shows at least 20 greens to the north of Bishop’s Stortford, so off we set off on a reconnaissance trip. We were just a few hundred yards from Killem’s Green when we spotted it – a ‘Welcome to Essex’ sign. I’d forgotten the Essex bulgeContinue reading “Here there be dragons”

Wellpond Green and Westland Green

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bar a Marmite angular newbuild, this fabulous old barn is the only building of note in Westland Green, unless what you are noting is size, expanse of garden and price. We got there by the ill-advised route from the Hadhams, the final stretch being through a farmyard. The houses sit among treesContinue reading “Wellpond Green and Westland Green”

Bury Green

Truth be told, we didn’t mean to go to Bury Green. A subscriber alerted us to a whole collection of greens on the land above and between the Rib and Stort valleys. We missed a turn for our intended stop and meandered on through the lanes of East Hertfordshire until we happened upon Bury Green.Continue reading “Bury Green”

Todds Green

The Thatched Cottage – claiming to date from the 14th century – is the only venerable building in Todds Green, which otherwise comprises a Victorian terrace on the single turning off the new Stevenage Road, a number of pleasant but unremarkable first half of the 20th century houses plus a few newer builds, and aContinue reading “Todds Green”

Welham Green

Apologies Welham Green but this what the name meant to me when I was commuting back and forth from London – a blur of vehicle parks and anonymous warehouses crowding a quaint old railway halt. In fact, Welham Green station is not a Victorian relic. It was only opened in 1986, a recognition that constantContinue reading “Welham Green”

Hatching Green

Where Kinsbourne Green (previous post) is to the north of Harpenden, Hatching Green is to the south of the old town, to the west of the common and the main Harpenden Road. The remaining patch of green space is alongside Redbourn Lane, which has a steady flow of traffic. The shape of the grassy patchContinue reading “Hatching Green”

Kinsbourne Green

We live in Hitchin, which is in the same parliamentary constituency as Harpenden. But for most people a trip from the one to the other is a rare event. They are old market towns of a similar size so, largely, what you find in the one you find in the other. And communications in HertfordshireContinue reading “Kinsbourne Green”

Ayot Green

This venerable old gentleman on his walking frame and his fellow oaks and Horse Chestnut cousins line the two lanes passing through Ayot Green, their shadows dappling the tarmac. The grass is clipped short, the gardens of the handsome brick cottages well tended, contributing to Ayot Green’s attempt at quiet composure. In the depths ofContinue reading “Ayot Green”