The Colne flows west and north
Hampermill. This mill was in Oxhey and belonged
to the tenants of the Oxhey manor. Later there were probably two mills. One was
called Hamper Mill by 1556. They were later
owned by the Clothworkers' Company but it was
not used for paper making until the late 18th when Robert Williams
leased the mill from them. It was taken over later by William Lepard who was a City stationer. Much of the mill was burnt out in 1793 and it
was rebuilt. The mill specialised in fine wove drawing paper. A Fourdrinier
machine was installed around 1839 and for this a steam engine was acquired and
a chimney built. The mill closed around 1908, when it was owned by J. G. Smith
Hamper Mill House.
18th house in red brick
Hamper Mill Cottage,
this was built as labourer’s accommodation and storage for Hamper Mill. It is
an 18th building in redbrick with a weather boarded attic.
The Old Cottage. Labourer’s
house 1776 to 1908. It was built in the 17th or 18th and
was originally timber framed with a brick ground floor,
Clock House. This
was the wheel house to the paper mill but now a house. Built ariund.1800 and altered
in the 20th .There is a Timber clock tower with an open bell turret
and weathervane. Hamper Mill was used for the manufacture of paper 1776-1908
and this was probably built after a fire in 1793.
Roman track way
found in this area
Hampermill Wood. This is
dominated by oak, ash and wild cherry with hornbeam coppice. There is also
hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn and a ground cover of wild flowers including bluebells
Hampermill Spring. This has a large
area of hornbeam coppice, oak and ash. There is also wild cherry, birch,
hawthorn and holly. Ancient boundary
features can be seen here.
Sandy Lodge Lane
Sandy Lodge Golf Club
began when, in 1908, James Francis Markes looked for a site with sandy soil on
which to lay out a course which would resemble the seaside. This area was suitably sandy and he leased the
land. In laying out large sandpits had
to be dealt with and the ground was seeded with grass from Carters and a wooden
halt built on the railway. It opened in 1910 and is said to have had a seaside
appearance. In the Second World War it was used for grazing sheep who did not
respect it. The clubhouse became the
headquarters of the local Home Guard. Since the war vegetation has grown up and
it is no longer like the seaside.
electricity sub-station the blank wall of the sub-station has been broken by
the introduction of protruding bricks in a darker colour to the main buff
blocks in a repeating diamond pattern.
Airgale. Web site
British History on Line. Hertfordshire. Web site.
British Listed Buildings. Web site.
Sandy Lodge Golf Club. Web site
Three Rivers District Council. Web site