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Woodhall Farm

The earliest medieval settlement recorded was Wudehall in 1198 when the woods, lands pastures and rent was part of a grant to St Giles Priory. Later the Benedictine nunnery of St-Giles-in-the-Wood at Flaunden was said to hold the 'Manor of Woodle' when it was dissolved. The site was around the present Woodhall Farm.


I have not yet been able to establish the age of the houses built in this style.




















            Probably the original front of Woodhall Farm House

            Now Woodhall Farm Community Centre













This is the only picture that I could find of Woodhall Farm House in the Dacorum Picture Library. It seems reasonable to assume that the little gables were removed when Dacorum Borough Council took over the building. It wil be interesting to compare this farmhouse with Grovehill House and Lovetts End Farm House.


The farmhouse would have originally looked across the Redbourn Road then just a narrow lane with a few houses and orchards, to fields. Looking at the map I can see that at some time there was a brickworks, the Nickey Line trains would have been puffing to and fro and a Nickey Line picture shows a huge hill of white clay.  The Industrial Age arrived.


Brock's Firework factory, took over the farmland in the 1930's, served by the railway. Maps of this time show the factory as a grid of paths with huts spaced out aver a large area and surrounding the Woodhall farmhouse.


At one time the manager of the Brock (Brock's Fireworks) family lived in the house which was later taken over by the Council when Woodhall Farm, the last New Town estate. was built. A large hall was built at the back, in the same architectural style, to improve facilities for use as a community centre.


The road from Two Cherry Trees Lane crossed the Redbourn Road and continued up to St Agnells Farm (instead of turning off diagonally into what is now Shenley Road). This runs through Woodhall woods which later became a part of St Agnells Farm. Although a part of them was taken over by the grounds of Astley Cooper School some woodland and a dell remains. The bridle path through them makes a pleasant walk especailly now that the path has been made up.






















Cupid Green originally seems to refer to the area between St Agnells Lane and these crossroads. This area is still called Cupid Green on some Ordnance Survey maps but the address of the houses is Woodhall Farm.




























This magnificent Cedar in the grounds of Woodhall Farmhouse could possibly give an indication to the age of the house which can be seen in the background.

Woodhall Farm 1 Woodhall Farm 4A Cedar 2 Back to Map of Farms Original Woodhall_Farmhouse