Harefield

 

Hill End Road

An isolated hamlet.  Marked as ‘Hillend’ on the Ordnance Survey map of 1880, that is ‘district by the hill', from Middle English ‘ende’. The hill referred to is called One Tree Hill. The name is more likely to derive from a former landowner. Houses here in 1754 and later cheap cottages built for workers in the local quarries and brickworks.

Building in the area after the First World War.

Plough – no custom and converted into a nursery school.

Vernon Arms

Old Park Wood A large proportion of this wood is considered to be ancient woodland covering a varying geology of chalk or sand.  Formerly belonging to the estates of Harefield Park. On the ridge, oak and birch woodland dominates with a bracken field layer. Oak and ash occupy the lower slopes, shading into alder woodland along the springline valleys. Rare plants such as opposite-leaved golden saxifrage are still found here, although herb Paris—once plentiful in the wood—seems to have disappeared. Early purple orchid and coral root are just a couple ot species that contribute to the unusual environment.

Rickmansworth Road

Chalk shaft. North East of the road. A 75 ft. shaft with a 20 ft. by 15 ft. cross section.  Dug between 1880 and 1900 to pump water. The cross beams and remains of the pump are still in place in the shaft. Moving water could be seen at the bottom and it is possible that if some of the debris were removed access could be gained to a set of adits.

Harefield Grove. Initial services.  The house is a Grade II listed 18th mansion  with landscaped water gardens. Converted to offices in 1985.

Harefield Grove Farm.  Farm here in 1684 called Guttersdean Farm. In the 19th exotic fruit and vegetables grown in 100 greenhouses with 50 miles of hot water pipes.  Used as C15s HQ in The Professionals.

The Lodge

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