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ALDENHAM is a village and civil parish in Hertfordshire, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-east of Watford
Watford
and 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of Radlett . It was mentioned in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
and is one of Hertsmere 's 14 conservation areas. This secluded little village has eight pre-19th century buildings that are listed buildings and the parish itself is largely unchanged, though buildings have been rebuilt, since Saxon times when the majority of the land was owned by the abbots of Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
.

In the Index of Multiple Deprivation , the ward of Aldenham
Aldenham
East was ranked the least deprived ward out of 8414 in England, while Aldenham West also featured among the least deprived three per cent in the country. Radlett forms the eastern part of the civil parish.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Hamlets

* 2.1 Round Bush * 2.2 Letchmore Heath
Letchmore Heath
* 2.3 Patchetts Green

* 3 Other landmarks * 4 Sporting/Leisure amenities * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

In 1086 in the Domesday Book, Aldenham
Aldenham
parish appears to have straddled the boundary of two ancient hundreds: Danish Hundred (East of North Watford, North of Patchetts Green) and St. Albans Hundred (South of Hanstead). The Domesday surveyors were recording a property ownership dispute that had been ongoing for three centuries regarding heavily forested land.

The Church of St John the Baptist in Aldenham
Aldenham
village is seven hundred years old and there is good reason to believe that an earlier Saxon church stood on the site. After the Reformation the lands were sold off to the highest bidders and Aldenham
Aldenham
is probably smaller today than it was 500 years ago.

In 1940, a German air attack damaged stained glass and removed the " Hertfordshire Spike" – the spire on the top of the tower. Restoration work was completed in 1951.

Both the church and the village have been used in many films, advertisements and television programmes, being within easy travelling distance of Elstree Studios
Elstree Studios
. These have included the film Confessions of a Window Cleaner , BBC
BBC
television series Pathfinders , and the Coldplay
Coldplay
music video for " Life in Technicolor II
Life in Technicolor II
", to name but a few.

Although it gave its name to the Aldenham
Aldenham
Bus Works owned by London Transport, Aldenham Works was actually located at nearby Elstree.

HAMLETS

Round Bush

ROUND BUSH

Round Bush is also on the B462 road
B462 road
, in the Hertsmere District and lies immediately to the east, less than 300 metres (980 ft) away. Its population size and number of buildings make it a smaller settlement. However, Round Bush has one pub A more average (smaller) size hamlet, the centre with the vast majority of the homes due to surrounding cultivated larger sized farms – is where three roads meet at a public house. Letchmore Heath
Letchmore Heath
green

LETCHMORE HEATH

This is the largest hamlet, and is 0.8 miles (1.3 km) southeast, it is slightly larger in population size than the village itself, see Letchmore Heath
Letchmore Heath
. Patchetts Green

PATCHETTS GREEN

On Hilfield Lane, PATCHETTS GREEN is a hamlet of several historic houses, including the Three Compasses public house, Little Patchetts Green Farm and Patchetts Farm.

The other listed buildings here are: Delrow Cottage, Delrow Almshouses and Garden Cottage

Crossways Cottage is just northeast of the Infant School and almshouses and is opposite the junction of the lane leading to Letchmore Heath.

OTHER LANDMARKS

Close to the church stand a number of buildings of historical interest. The earliest of these is Aldenham
Aldenham
Social Club – a late medieval hall house dating from around 1500. To the west of the churchyard stands Church Farm House (16th – 18th century) and to the east the old vicarage (now two dwellings), a fine example of early 18th century red brick architecture.

The parish of Aldenham
Aldenham
also has two British public schools : Aldenham School and the Haberdashers\' Aske\'s Boys School (and associated girls school ).

Wall Hall is a magnificent gothic revival mansion with a castellated façade created in the early nineteenth century.

SPORTING/LEISURE AMENITIES

Aldenham
Aldenham
Country Park between Aldenham
Aldenham
and Elstree Aldenham Reservoir
Aldenham Reservoir
during competitive outings of mini-keelboats

The golf and country park is central to the village in Church Lane. Aldenham
Aldenham
Country Park is council-owned land which is some distance away from the old village closer to the two southern hamlets it has a 60 acres (24 ha) lake, Hillfield Reservoir and is south of Letchmore Heath. Directly south of the country park is Aldenham
Aldenham
Sailing Club which enjoys Aldenham Reservoir
Aldenham Reservoir
a 50 acres (20 ha) wide boxing glove shaped lake next to Elstree.

NEIGHBOURING AREAS

Garston Bricket Wood How Wood, Hertfordshire Both parts of St Stephen civil parish Radlett

Across Aldenham
Aldenham
Golf Club and the M1 motorway
M1 motorway
:North Watford
Watford
ALDENHAM Across Batler's Green, Aldenham
Aldenham
and part of Radlett: Borehamwood
Borehamwood

Watford
Watford
Bushey Elstree

REFERENCES

* ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 October 2016.

* ^ Historic England
England
. " Aldenham
Aldenham
Social Club (1103641)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 18 August 2012. , Historic England
England
. "Church (1103642)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 18 August 2012. , the only building not at Grade II, and in fact well above Grade II* at Grade I Historic England
England
. "Coningesby family monument (1103643)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 18 August 2012. , Historic England
England
. "Burne family monument (1346867)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 18 August 2012. , Historic England
England
. "Corner Cottage (1296352)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 18 August 2012. Corner Cottage, Historic England
England
. "Church Farm House (1346866)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 18 August 2012. Church Farm House, Historic England
England
. "Glebe Place (1346868)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 18 August 2012. Glebe Place, Historic England
England
. " Wall Hall in Round Bush (1001455)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 18 August 2012. Wall Hall in Round Bush * ^ Open Domesday Online: Aldenham
Aldenham
(Danish Hundred, Hertfordshire) * ^ Open Domesday Online: Aldenham
Aldenham
(St. Albans Hundred, Hertfordshire) * ^ British History Online: Aldenham * ^ Ordnance Survey, Get a Map website * ^ Beer In the Evening Get a Map * ^ Historic England
England
. "Three Compasses (1174021)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 19 August 2012. * ^ Historic England
England
. "Little Patchetts (1103572)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 19 August 2012. * ^ Historic England
England
. "Patchetts (1103575)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 19 August 2012. * ^ Historic England
England
. "Delrow Cottage (1346911)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 19 August 2012. * ^ Historic England
England
. "Delrow Almshouses (1173191)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 19 August 2012. * ^ Historic England
England
. "Garden Cottage (1346909)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 19 August 2012. * ^ Historic England
England
. "Crossways Cottage / Four Want Ways (1103621)". National Heritage List for England
England
. Retrieved 19 August 2012. * ^ "Wall Hall, Aldenham". Images of England, English Heritage, National Monuments Record. Retrieved 10 August 2013.

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