Buntingford is a small market town and civil parish in the district of
Hertfordshire and county of
Hertfordshire in England. It lies on
River Rib and on the
Roman road Ermine Street. As a result of its
location, it grew mainly as a staging post with many coaching inns and
has an 18th-century one-cell prison known as The Cage, by the ford at
the end of Church Street. It has a population of 4,820. The town also
has an annual firework display at The Bury, presented by Buntingford
Town Football Club. It is Hertfordshire's smallest town.
Prime Meridian passes to the east of Buntingford.
The town has a large number of Georgian and medieval buildings, such
Buntingford Manor House
Buntingford Manor House and the Red House.
Buntingford was a stop-over on what was the main route between London
and Cambridge, now the A10. Due to its desirability as a commuter town
in recent years, the town has grown considerably in the past few
decades, the most noticeable recent addition being the "Bovis Estate"
(c. 1990), informally named after the housing firm that constructed
there; its main road is Luynes Rise, named due to the town's twinning
with Luynes (near Tours) in France. Other housing estates are: Freman
Drive, Vicarage Road, Snells Mead, Downhall Ley, Monks Walk, and
Kingfisher Park. Recently, the town has grown further with further new
developments, notably: The Village, Meadow Vale, Knights Walk &
The Maples. The population of
Buntingford is expected to rise by 1,500
to 6,500 inhabitants by 2021, marking the largest period of
development since the 1960s when the former
Sainsbury's depot site was
constructed and housing estates to support new workers were
6 Twin towns
7 See also
9 External links
Buntingford was traditionally located within the parish of Layston –
St Bartholomew's Church (Layston) is now derelict and lies about half
a mile to the north-east of the town. St Peter's Church, formerly a
relief chapel, is the Anglican church in
Buntingford and is an almost
unique brick building from the age of the 17th-century Puritans. St
Richard's serves the Roman Catholic community. There is also a United
Reformed Church in
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I stayed at
Buntingford in a building now called the Bell House Gallery, on a
coach journey to Cambridge. Just up the High Street, The Angel Inn,
now a dental surgery, was a staging post for coaches travelling from
London to Cambridge.
The name of the town is believed to originate from the Saxon chieftain
or tribe Bunta; it does not refer to the bird Bunting, or the festive
Market day is Monday, and early closing Wednesday. The Buntingford
Carnival is held every other year. There is also a classic car event
held in the town each year, usually in the early autumn.
The town has a number of public houses – The Brambles (formerly The
Chequers), The Fox and Duck, The Black Bull, The Crown and The Jolly
The 'World Sausage Tossing Championship' has taken place at The
Countryman Inn, in Chipping near Buntingford, every August since
Buntingford railway station, opened in 1863, was closed in 1964,
under the Beeching cuts. This was the terminus for the Buntingford
Branch Line. Recently it has been redeveloped into housing.
Buntingford is home to various independent shops, restaurants and pubs
mainly located in the town's high street.
Buntingford has a Co-op food
supermarket and a
Sainsbury's local. Just outside the town are two BP
fuel stations at each end of the bypass. The town was previously home
Sainsbury's Anglia Distribution Centre, but this was vacated
and eventually knocked down for housing in 2014. The site had
previously been used as a
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Royal Army Ordnance Corps munitions factory,
known locally as "the Dump".
Buntingford uses a three-tier school system. There are four schools in
Freman College (an Upper School and Sixth Form), Bowling Green Lane,
Buntingford, SG9 9BT. Formerly known as Ward Freman Upper School.
Edwinstree C of E Middle School, has some 450 pupils in four
year-groups and 16 classes, Norfolk Road, Buntingford, SG9 9AW.
Layston First School, has about 150 pupils in five year-groups and a
Milfield First School, has about 150 pupils in five year-groups and a
The Hundred Parishes
^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for
National Statistics. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish
Headcounts : East
Hertfordshire Retrieved 2 February 2010
^ Blatchley, Nicholas. "Around Buntingford". Herts Memories.
^ Bunting, Frank. "Origin of
Buntingford name". Herts Memories.
^ http://www.sausagetosser.com World Sausage Tossing Championship
^ Disused Stations
^ Gold, Ciaran (20 February 2012). "Former
development could bring 600 jobs".
Hertfordshire Mercury. Retrieved 26
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Buntingford.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Buntingford.
Ceremonial county of Hertfordshire
Boroughs or districts
Borough of Broxbourne
Borough of Dacorum
District of East Hertfordshire
Borough of Hertsmere
District of North Hertfordshire
City and District of St Albans
Borough of Stevenage
District of Three Rivers
Borough of Watford
Welwyn Garden City
See also: List of civil parishes in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire County Council
European Parliament constituency
Settlements by population
Grade I listed buildings
Grade II* listed buildings
King George V Playing Fields
Civil parishes of Hertfordshire
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Brent Pelham and Meesden
Buckland and Chipping
Eastwick and Gilston
Stanstead St Margarets
Elstree and Borehamwood
Caldecote and Newnham
Clothall and Luffenhall
Rushden and Wallington
St Paul's Walden
Letchworth Garden City
Ayot St Lawrence
Ayot St Peter
Northaw and Cuffley
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