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MUCH HADHAM, formerly known as GREAT HADHAM, is a village and civil parish in the district of East Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
, Hertfordshire, England. The parish of Much Hadham
Much Hadham
contains the hamlets of Perry Green and Green Tye, as well as the village of Much Hadham
Much Hadham
itself. It covers 4,490 acres (1,820 ha). The village of Much Hadham
Much Hadham
is situated midway between Ware and Bishop\'s Stortford . The population of the parish was recorded as 2,862 in the 2011 census, an increase from 1,994 in 2001.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Landmarks * 4 Government * 5 Education * 6 Sport * 7 Notable residents * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links

HISTORY

The name "Hadham" probably derives from Old English words meaning "Heath homestead". The affix "Much" comes from the Old English "mycel", meaning "great". The name changed around the time of the Civil War.

The parish has been occupied since the Roman period. There were pottery kilns in the parish in the Roman period, and a Roman coin hoard has been found nearby.

Written records of Much Hadham
Much Hadham
go back to the time of King Edgar. The village was a possession of the Bishops of London before the Norman Conquest, and it appears in the Domesday Book as "Hadham". The parish church was built from 1225–1450. The village was a staging point on the road from London to Cambridge
Cambridge
and Newmarket, and the Olde Red Lion Inn, built in 15th century to serve this traffic, still survives in the village.

The Bishop's Palace was used as an asylum from 1817–1863.

During the First World War, there was a British Red Cross
British Red Cross
/Order of St. John auxiliary hospital in Much Hadham. Today, a plaque on the front of Woodham House commemorates this.

During the second world war , Much Hadham
Much Hadham
was the site of Prisoner of War camp 69. The camp was opened in 1939, housing Italian prisoners of war, and later German prisoners, as well as housing American and Gurkha soldiers as they prepared for the D-Day landings. The camp closed around 1950.

GEOGRAPHY

The village is linear stretched along its mile and a half long high street (High Street, Tower Hill and Widford Road) which runs along the river Ash . It is situated between Bishop's Stortford
Bishop's Stortford
and Ware, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Hertford
Hertford
and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of London. The village had a railway station on the Buntingford single track branch line, which closed in 1965 under the Beeching Axe .

LANDMARKS

There are two churches in Much Hadham, the parish church and a Congregational
Congregational
church. Much Hadham's parish church, built largely between 1225 and 1450, is shared between the St. Andrew's Church of England
England
congregation and the Holy Cross Roman Catholic congregation. The entrance to the church is adorned with two sculptures by Henry Moore . The more recent Congregational
Congregational
church dates from 1872.

There are many listed buildings in Much Hadham, including four listed at Grade I. These are the parish church; two country houses, Much Hadham Hall and Moor Place; and the boundary wall at Yewtree Farmhouse at Hadham Cross. The Parish's many Grade II listed buildings include Much Hadham Palace , the site of a residence of the Bishops of London since before the Norman Conquest, and Hoglands in Perry Green , the home of the sculptor Henry Moore
Henry Moore
until his death.

The Henry Moore
Henry Moore
Foundation can be found in Perry Green, and includes Moore's home. In December 2005, thieves stole a 1970 bronze of a reclining figure from the site, which was melted and sold for scrap metal. Former Red Lion public house, Much Hadham
Much Hadham

The Red Lion coaching inn , now converted into private houses, has been in the village since the 15th century. It was a stopping point on the old road from London to Cambridge
Cambridge
. Legend has it that the inn is connected to St. Andrew's by a tunnel, possibly built during the time of Oliver Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell
as an escape route for the clergy. Highly unlikely given the height of the water table.

GOVERNMENT

Much Hadham
Much Hadham
is a civil parish in the East Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
district. It is one of thirty wards to make up East Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
District Council. It is part of the Hertford and Stortford Parliamentary Constituency. The MP is Conservative Mark Prisk briefly the Housing Minister and one time Shadow Minister for Cornwall when there was no Minister for Cornwall. There is one Conservative County and one Conservative District Councillor and a 9-member Parish Council.

EDUCATION

St Andrew's Church of England
England
Primary School in Much Hadham
Much Hadham
is a Church of England
England
school with links to the parish church of St Andrew's. It has about 250 pupils between the ages of 4 and 11. The school also has a nursery in the mornings for younger children. A village school has existed in the village since the 1840s. The first now known as the Flint House. A second independent pre prep school in Much Hadham, the Barn School, closed in 1998. There is also a pre-school attached to St Andrews School with about 40 children aged between 2 and 4.

Outside the village of Much Hadham
Much Hadham
in the hamlet of Perry Green there is St. Elizabeth's School and residence for children and young adults with epilepsy, established in 1903, the second largest employer in the District.

Much Hadham
Much Hadham
has a small museum, The Forge Museum, which contains preserved Elizabethan wall-paintings as well as information about local history. The Henry Moore
Henry Moore
Foundation in Perry Green houses a large collection of the artist's work.

SPORT

The village has the charitable Sports Association which runs the publicly owned grounds and facilities which is closed to any public examination. There is one football club, Much Hadham
Much Hadham
FC. There are infant facilities with a newly refurbished cricket pavilion completed in 2015.

Much Hadham
Much Hadham
Cricket Club (founded in 1889) withdrew from the Herts ">

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Much Hadham
UK Census Data 2011". * ^ "Much Hadham, Hertfordshire". UK Genealogy Archives. Retrieved 2016-10-04. * ^ " Much Hadham
Much Hadham
CP". Census 2001: Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics . Retrieved 9 June 2010. * ^ Mills, A.D. (1998). Dictionary of English Place Names (2 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 159. * ^ http://potsherd.net/atlas/Ware/HARS.html * ^ Cleary, Simon Esmonde (1995). Roger Bland, ed. "Review of Coin Hoards from Roman Britain IX". Britannia. 26: 396. * ^ http://opendomesday.org/place/TL4219/much-hadham/ * ^ http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MHT2771&resourceID=1008 * ^ http://www.redcross.org.uk/~/media/BritishRedCross/Documents/Who%20we%20are/History%20and%20archives/List%20of%20auxiliary%20hospitals%20in%20the%20UK%20during%20the%20First%20World%20War.pdf * ^ Thomas, Roger J.C. (2003). "Prisoner of War Camps (1939–1948)". * ^ Levy, Andrew. "Plumber unearths WWII prisoner of war camp for 10,000 German Soldiers in his back garden". Daily Mail. * ^ Burton, James (19 August 2010). " Much Hadham
Much Hadham
man finds Second World War camp in his back garden". Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
Mercury. * ^ " Henry Moore
Henry Moore
1898–1986". The Burlington Magazine. 128 (1003): 711. 1986. * ^ Page, William (1902). The Victoria History of the County of Hertford. IV. Westminster: Archibald Constable. p. 60. * ^ "£3m Henry Moore
Henry Moore
sculpture stolen". BBC News. * ^ Hannah Furness. " Henry Moore
Henry Moore
sculpture worth £500,000 stolen from grounds of his former home". Daily Telegraph. * ^ http://www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk/Retired-Hadham-headteacher-Peggy-Massey-died-aged-96/story-21909135-detail/story.html * ^ http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/establishment/establishmentdetails.xhtml?urn=117632 * ^ http://www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk/Hadham-Pre-School-graded-good-Oftsed/story-26760096-detail/story.html * ^ though it may instead have been at Hadham in Bedfordshire. * ^ "Sir Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond". Retrieved 10 August 2013. * ^ http://thehadhamshistorysociety.org.uk/index.php/the-hadhams.html * ^ Churton, Ralph (1809) The Life of Alexander Nowell, Dean of St. Paul's, chiefly compiled from registers, letters, and other authentic evidences http://scans.library.utoronto.ca/pdf/9/11/lifeofalexander00chur/lifeofalexander00chur_bw.pdf

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