Ver flows south eastwards
Post to the north Shafford
Farm. The Farmhouse is 17th but was refronted in the 19th
when the axis of house was changed. It is in red brick but the side nearest the
farmyard includes some flint. In front of the house is a 17th
red brick wall and this encloses the garden and includes some iron railings.
Barn, 17th timber framed and weather boarded building. Another
weather boarded barn is 15th or earlier and with an almost intact
aisled construction. Farmhouse and barns have recently been renovated.
ditch. This runs south west from the
farm buildings back to Gorhambury Drive. This fifteen metre wide ditch may have
marked a boundary– even running between the Ver and the Lea. The name
associating it with the devil seems to date from the Reformation.
Mary de Pre nunnery for women, which lay in 'churchyard meadow' west of the
Roman town. Traces are visible on aerial photographs. What may have been the
church survived as a barn until the 19th and it is likely that remains still
survive below ground - some of which
were found when a gas pipeline was laid..
The nunnery originated from 1194 and was a home for leprous women. By the early 16th leprosy was
dying out and there were various concerns about the institution, and eventually
it closed with no inmates.
Watling Street (Redbourne Road)
The line of Roman Watling Street, leaves Redbourn Road at Bow Bridge and later meets Gorhambury Drive.
The St Albans & South Mimms Turnpike Trust are said to have had a gate
here at the boundary of Redbourn Parish.
Bridge. Takes Watling Street over the Ver
– this says “London 22.. St Albans 1 ½. Redbourn 2 ½
Pondyards. This 17th house was probably built as a lodge and
storehouse in connection with the Fish Ponds of Gorehambury but soon after
became only housing. It is a tall square red brick building.
Ponds. Swamp and poplar plantation on the site of the Gorhambury estate ponds.
Mill. This was derelict mill was most recently a saw mill. This is however a
medieval mill site. In the 16th the mill pumped water to Gorhambury House.
There may have been an earlier mill here – a Ditchmill is mentioned in the 12th
which could have been there. There is a sluice in the river associated with the
Pre Mill House. Red brick square-plan house of around
Garden House. This is a ‘carvery’ in what was previously Pre Hotel. This was The
Prae, a 19th country house in stuccoed and painted brick and with a long
History online. St.Michaels. Web site
Listed Buildings. Web site.
Discovering Prehistoric England
Hotel. Web site
Ver. Web site
City Council. Web site