The Colne flows westward and is
met by the River Ver from the north
The River Ver flows south wards
and is met by the Hanstead Brook from the north west
The Hanstead Brook flows southwards
Rural area with big houses and utilities
Post to the east Netherwylde
Post to the north Smug Oak Lane
Post to the west Bricket Wood
Gravel extraction along the
riverside area has altered the area and some of the length of the Ver is now
Hanstead Livery Stables. Lower Stud.
The Hanstead Brook, flowing from Hanstead Park meets the Ver here.
Drop Lane Pumping
Station . This is described as one of the ‘Clay Lane Group’ of ground water
pumping stations which pump from the chalk aquifer in the Colne Valley. They
supply drinking water to Watford and some of North West W. London. This building
is a in a barn-like style because Lady Yule
wanted it to fit into the rural landscape.
Pumping Station. South of the
road of a utilitarian design
Ford and stepping stones.
Hanstead House. The house was built in
1925 for Sir David Yule. His family
had made a fortune through trade with India. His
daughter remained in the house until 1957 after which it was sold. In 1959 it became the site of the Ambassador
College, an American religious institution. The house became broadcasting and
printing centre for them as well as a college.
Sports facilities were installed including tennis courts, a running track
and a swimming pool and gymnasium. In 1974 the sport facilities were sold separately
to become a local centre and the college eventually passed to HSBC in
1993. This has now closed
Grave of Sir David Yule is in a graveyard in the park to the east of the house.
Site of Roman Villa
Hanstead house. Wikipedia web site
River Ver Memories. Web site
River Ver Walks. Web site