Turnford Brook turns south and flows towards the River Lee
Post to the east Holyfield Lake
Post to the west Turnford
Post to the south Cheshunt
Housing which is
partly built on the site of Brook House
Bronze Age and Early Iron Age finds on a site near Halfhide Lane. Pottery,
flint implements, sling shot and clay loom weights found in 1983.
and commercial development on site previously partly used for
rough grazing, partly as a nursery with a since demolished nurseryman’s cottage
and glasshouses, and partly allotments. The Turnford Brook, flows east west
through the site
built on a glasshouse site
station for Turnford Well. Engine house and a well tower, built in 1870 for the New River Company. The Boulton
and Watt marine type pumping engine was originally installed by the Hampstead Water Co., subsquently taken over by the New River Co. It had been used to pump the Hampstead Well in Tolmers
Square since 1848. It was the last side lever stationery engine to work in the UK. It had
been built as a low pressure engine and new gearing was fitted in 1883 and
pumped from a well thorn 140 ft deep at 8 strokes a minute, 2 ¼ m gallons a
day. The pumping gear was by Hunter and English of Bow. The station also had an engine manufactured by R.Moreland of
London in 1882 which was on its own girder over the well. It was the practice of
the New River Company to boost an old low pressure system with a new high
pressure engine – and which were vertical to save space. Water is pumped from a well which is 600 ft.
deep into the New River. The old engine was retained for historic interest but it was replaced by a diesel oil installation and an electric pump is actually used. The Moreland engine was scrapped. The building is in red brick and the tower has lifting tackle over
the well to lift out the pump for maintenance.
Bronze Age, early Iron Age and Roman finds here. These include a hut-like
structure and tool making remains from the Mesolithic period, and Roman pottery
found in a ditch.
of brick walls, from nursery glasshouses
of a tree-lined boundary or track here in the late 18th until the Second World War.
Cheshunt Wash High Road
Turnford Brook runs alongside the road – hence the name of the ‘Wash’ due to
over the Turnford Brook. The road now crosses the brook on a barely visible
slant bridge. This is probably the site
of the Nuns Bridge maintained by the Turnford nuns and where they raised
money. The medieval crossing was
replaced with a concrete girder bridge in 1923. Stone balustrades, parapet and
date plaque not now visible.
Head, claims outside to date from 1525. Also called The Bull
Indian restaurant was once the Bull’s Head pub, built in the 19th
and latterly called the Massey Turnford Inn. Possibly on the site of an older
Villas. Built for Rochford Nursery workers.
House. 19th house used as a private girls’ school. Demolished and
replaced by housing
Institute built by Rochford Nurserymen for their staff. This is said to have
been opposite Brook House – and thus may have been at the point in the terrace
opposite where there are three new houses.
Great Cambridge Road
of pillbox near southbound exit from A10 at Turnford roundabout. Probably
destroyed by road building in the 1970s.
over Turnford Brook – on one side the balustrade of a 1920s ‘county’ standard
Arms. Built as a roadhouse in the 1930s
Half Hide Lane
Hotel. Built 2000s on old glasshouse site.
brickyard and gravel pits on the north side of the lane. As a result of archaeological work there Bronze
Age flint implements and pottery were found. Other finds from the late 19th
include Iron Age pottery, Mesolithic stone implements, including axes and
Neolithic arrowheads, and a Palaeolithic flint core found
New River in this section was constructed in 1855 when a loop which ran to the
west was straitened
Aqueduct built in 1855 by Chadwell Mylne as part of the works to bypass the
western loop. This is to cross the Turnford Brook but it included a flash which
would allow storm water in the brook to be pass accross the New River without
entering and contaminating it. It is now possible to walk underneath it on what was called Watery Lane
Junior Mixed and Infant School
ground at the end of the road until the 1950s. Wormley Rovers,
formed in 1946, played here on lands east of the Railway, owned by Joseph
Rochford of Rochford Nursery's.
Nurseries on site in the 1890s
authority housing built on site of glasshouses.
on the site of The Springs which was an 18th house here
Regional College which was established in the early 1990’s when East Herts
College, which had opened here on a site occupied by glasshouses in 1961, was
merged with a college at Ware. It is on the site of two houses called the Cedars
and Nunsbury. In 2011 it is being rebuilt, retaining and remodelling the older Student Centre, 2000 and the Green Tye, 1994, and Wormley 2005
buildings. A new ‘landmark’ building is financed by housing for sale built on
the northern part of the site. It is
said the clock tower from Nunnsbury is included in the site
Nunnery – a farmhouse beside the railway was said to be the nunnery site. I was
a Benedictine nunnery, first noted in 1183, and which was burnt down in around
1290. It was dissolved in 1536, and became a farm. The site was given by the Crown to Sir Anthony Denny and it may have been here that Elizabeth was kept under house arrest in his charge. The last part was demolished
in the 19th. Nothing
remained except some old garden walls, and a fragment of a moat which was later
destroyed by gravel digging in 1955 along with the farm itself. The nunnery had
a church living quarters, and domestic buildings. It is also thought the nuns
ran a hospital of some sort in the 15th dedicated to St. Mary