TL0104 : Information Board in Bovingdon

taken 2 years ago, near to Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Information Board in Bovingdon
Information Board in Bovingdon
Located in Hempstead Road (B4505), this information board has the following wording:


The settlement of Bovingdon dates from the 1200s when the forest was cleared
and arable farming began. Dwellings grew adjacent to the wide-spread farms, our
13th century Church is located next to one of the oldest, Bury Farm, in Church
Street. You are standing on Hempstead Road near the cross roads and main
gateway to the village. Two farms were near the top of the High Street, Rattle
House, shown below, and New Hall. On the other side of the cross roads in
Newhouse Road lies Duck Hall Farm dating back to the 1400s, a principal dairy
in the 1930s. Further up Newhouse Road, next to the former airfield, was
Hadlands Laboratories, where in the 1970s the 'Teacup Poisoner', Graham Young,
operated, poisoning approximately 70 people before he was caught. The top 3
photos were taken near where you stand today.

Left to Right
i) Hempstead Road circa 1915, looking towards Hemel
ii) The crossroads circa 1910
iii) Chesham Road circa 1930, looking towards Chesham
Below i)
Hardings garage, corner of Vicarage Lane and Hempstead Road, in 1953

Bottom left
The Bobsleigh Inn (right) situated on the Hempstead Road near the village
boundary was originally called Highcroft and during the Cold War it was popular
with USAF personnel. Its name was changed to Bobsleigh in 1964 in honour of
the British gold medal won at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics by the owner's son.

Middle Right
Rattle cottages in the high Street today and below in 1953, decorated for the
Queen's coronation. This was originally Rattle House Farm in the 1700s. One of
several farms upon which Bovingdon is founded. Opposite Rattle House Farm was
New Hall Farm dating back to the 1500s.

In the middle of the board is a sketch map of the area.
This information board is maintained by Bovingdon Parish Council.
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Date Taken
Monday, 27 May, 2019   (more nearby)
Friday, 21 June, 2019
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement 
Place (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 0140 0401 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:43.5390N 0:31.9991W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 0138 0402
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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