Brook flows eastwards to the River Lee
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Fairly posh countryside area with some interesting Second World War defence structures
Post to the north - West End and Beaumont
Post to the east - Turnford
Post to the south Flamstead End
Stop Line. The section
running eastwards from Park Lane Paradise is on the line of the Second World
War anti-tank trench – Outer London Anti-Tank Line.
Pillbox. East of
the lane and north of the golf course and in the corner of a field. Brick
pillbox on the stop line and guarding the anti-tank trench in the Second World
Row of anti-tank
blocks in Cheshunt Park Farm farmyard.
Oak and hornbeam with some sycamore.
The Lodge. 17th timber frame cottage, converted in the 19th
to a picturesque Cottage Orne. The lath and
plaster infilling is rendered and faced with panels of industrial clinker and
glass, with panels marked out in broken china. The upper floors are supported
by 7 columns which are covered in clinker and there are twigs on some upper
surfaces. It is one of three built for Oliver Cromwell (great grandson of the
Protector) at the gates to Cheshunt Park.
Pillbox on the west side of the pathway running north from the lodge
entrance – an alley way to the housing estate marks the entrance drive to Roundcroft.
Cheshunt Park. Public
open space since 1968 and the demise of the last member of the Debenham family.
The estate is first noted in 1339
when it was owned by the Duke of Brittany. It was later a Crown estate and in
1526 passed Henry VIII's son, Henry Fitzroy and was later held by the Cecils.
It returned to the Crown after the Commonwealth and in the 18th passed by a descendant
of Oliver Cromwell. He built the house and the family continued to own it but from
1860 it was leased to Frank Debenham, and was later bought by his daughters.
Debenham were a firm of auctioneers which today have become property developers
Built on the site of Brandtyngeshey which was the home of the Debenham family
from 1865 and which was demolished in 1970. Built by Oliver Cromwell in 1795.
Cheshunt Park showing ridge and furrow remains – medieval agricultural
Electricity Pylons - when they were being erected Roman pottery was found
Farm – entrance to big complex of buildings
Pillbox at the
site of a Second World War road block near junction with Candlestick Lane. The
Pillbox is covered in ivy and on the north side of the farm entrance.
Site of Pillbox
at the junction with Gammons Lane
Paradise House. Mid
19th house, at one time home of theatrical costumier, Waller
Wood – wildlife site.
Cromwell Wood –
wildlife site named for local family
Housing on the
site of Roundcroft. This was demolished
in the 1970s and which stood near the site of Roundcroft cottage, home of 18th
painter James Ward.
British History Online. Cheshunt. Web site
Defence of Britain. Web site
Hertfordshire County Council. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. Hertfordshire