Cupid Green, a hamlet that has had from time to time fumes, dust and rubbish, sited there because the prevailing wind blows the dust away from the town.
Although the Cupid Green area at the north eastern edge of Grovehill has long been the site of dirty, dusty and dangerous industries local farmers do not recall any dust or fumes, did they just accept them as normal?
When one says Cupid Green today people immediately think of a roundabout at the end of the Link Road, the council depot and refuse dump but as I have learned more I find that it was a thriving village.
With 200 inhabitants and many houses some of which remain.
A farm, Corner Farm, now Corner Farmhouse.
A church, Cupid Green Church, now disused.
An ancient pub shown on old maps as 'Rosemary Branch', a branch of which indicated a public house and which probably became:
A pub, The Cupid. The front door opened almost straight on to the road. Women didn't enter the saloon bar. The new road was built quite a distance from the houses that remain there. I have been given photos of The Cupid which I will add as soon as I can.
Very wide verges or 'greens' that I had assumed were for common grazing, cows, pigs, chickens, but I am now told that it was an old 'drover's road' used to bring livestock to the Hemel Hempstead market and slaughter houses in the High Street. The animals would have grazed at the roadside. Some of these greens can still be seen either side of the road.
What a long way this is from the hamlet edged with farm workers cottages, The Cupid and common grazing for their pigs or cows. The very wide verges are still there, maybe because they are still 'common' land. I wonder whose orchard the apple tree beside the petrol station belonged to. Why is it so close to the road?
An old map pre 1877 has the words Rosemary Branch somewhere around Cupid Green. A rosemary branch was hung up to identify a local public house. Possibly this house later obtained a licence and became The Cupid.
Someone told me: 'Happy days! It was a very friendly pub, it had to be, it was so small. The public bar was separated from the posh bar by a bead curtain. At the end of the night you had to be careful as you went out because the road was only a couple of feet from the pub door.'