Colne flows south westwards
Post to the north Whitehorse Lane
Post to the west London Colney
Post to the west Bell Roundabout
is on the old main route from London to Holyhead. It
is eighteen miles from London and three miles from St Albans and was a
convenient first stop for coaches after the steep climb up Ridge. It was turnpiked early with an Act covering
the section from St. Albans to South Mimms in 1715. The road became part of the A6 and by passed
in the early 1960s.
Bridge. This replaced the ford around which a settlement had grown along the main road. The bridge was actually not by Thomas Telford - the
engineer to the Turnpike Trust was James MacAdam but this was built by a local
contractor. This is the Seven Arch Bridge over the Colne - on an embankment
with seven semi-circular red brick arches progressively larger towards
centre. In 1948 the brick parapets were
replaced by metal railings. In 1977 it
was strengthened and returned to something which looked more like the original.
In 1998 Repairs were done by Wrekin Construction.
House. This is now offices. Built around 1760, with 19th stucco
Lodge. This was Ridgeview Residential Club which may possibly have dated from
the 1940s and could have been hostel accommodation for war workers. In 1967 it
was rebuilt and became a temporary
accommodation and homelessness hostel closing in 2009. It was then leased to
the University of Hertfordshire in 2010 as Student Accommodation
Colney Fox. It is thought that the building was originally Tyttenhanger Lodge used
as a boy's school ‘prep’ school owned by a Mr. Trollope which moved to Seaford.
In the 1940's and 1950's it was called The Watersplash Hotel, with a restaurant
and swimming pool. Now restored and renamed.
Lido. May have been the swimming pool for the school taken over by the hotel
when they took over the building.
Cooper's Wood - This is next to the Colney Fox Pub and was woodland on part of a new housing site now transferred to the Parish Council. It is named after Robin Cooper, a local teacher.
This is on the site of John Dale’s Aluminium Foundry. This smelting and process
plant was active during the Second World War working with the aircraft industry
This pub was built in the 16th maybe on the site of an earlier
building. It has a timber frame and plastered walls. This is a survivor of what
were at one time twenty six inns in the village - in 1922
Cottage. Two 18th cottages currently in use as a
Cottage. 16th timber frame
house later altered
Colne Cottage. In the same row of buildings as Brier
Cottage but the central part was demolished and replaced by an office
Coal Duty Marker. South side of the road near the bridge. Erected 1861-2 to
mark the limit of coal duty in London area.
Roundabout. This used to be a roundabout on the A6 at the end of the London
Colney bypass between the older turnpike road through the village, and the B55.
It later became part of a double roundabout with the M25 and is part of
Dragon Pub. Built as an inn in the 17th. It is timber framed with 18th red
brick outside. Inside is some 17th timber panelling on the first floor,
said to have come from Salisbury Hall.
1-4 18th cottages. They are on a track at the side of the Pub.
18th red brick house with 19th shop fronts.
house which was once a shop. It has a 17th timber frame, cased in
brick in the 18th. In the ground floor is a 20th double shop front
with garage doors.
28 The Bakery.
This was two cottages one of which is 18th with decorative
brickwork below the eaves. The other is smaller and may have been an addition.
There is also an timber outbuilding behind used as a garage and workshop
house with a timber frame
33 17th timber framed housing with later brick outside
43-53 Mullingar Cottages. Built in 1878 of brick
The Willows, London Colney Islamic Centre in what was a house used by Cemex
Lane Lake, Used for Carp fishing. The Lake is a widening of the Colne.
Colney By Pass
Works. The F.W.Berk Company were based in Stratford East London but in 1947 the
first hydrochloric acid plant was erected here by A.D.Berk. In 1951 they started
extracting fuller's earth at Aspley Heath. This was transported to a processing
plant here and a clay development laboratory was set up
Peters Church of England. Designed in
1825 by George Smith. Stained glass windows of the ascension designed by the
Dowager Marchioness of Waterford and made by Hughes in 1865.
The Vicarage. This dates from 1836 and replaced an older building which was in a range which included the now
demolished Swan Pub. A flint and brick garden wall survives
House built around 1830 in red brick.
Lake – this is an old gravel pit, into which the
River has been diverted. It is wide and long and is used as a fishing and
House. Built around 1800 in brick
Cottage, this was an outbuilding to Colne Cottage built in the 19th
Summerville, 19th cottage, in white painted brick and pebble dash sides.
Colneford Cottage. This was originally two 18th
Watermede. This was originally two 18th brick and timber cottages
House. 18th timber framed house
River View. 19th
Osier Cottage. 19th cottage with a
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Colney Fox, Web site
Green Dragon. Web site.
SABRE. A6. Web site.
Smith. London Engineering Heritage
St. Albans City Council. Web site