Stanstead Abbotts

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Stanstead Abbotts
The High Street at Stanstead Abbotts - - 730563.jpg
The High Street at Stanstead Abbotts
Grid reference: TL4011
Location: 51°47’19"N, 0°-0’44"E
Population: 1,983
Post town: Ware
Postcode: SG12
Dialling code: 01920
Local Government
Council: East Hertfordshire
Hertford and Stortford

Stanstead Abbotts (or Stanstead Abbots) is a village in Hertfordshire, in the east of the county, close by the border with Essex. At the 2001 census the parish had a population of 1,983.

The Greenwich Meridian passes through the village with its exact position marked by Meridian obelisks which were erected in 1984 to commemorate the centenary of the adoption of the prime meridian line.[1]

The village is found some five miles south Ware, and 6½ miles southeast of Hertford. Hoddesdon and the conurbation of the lea Valley towns is closer, three miles south. Stanstead Abbotts however is separated from them across the river. It stands on the west side of the River Lea, north of the point where the River Stort enters it, and in the angle between these two rivers, Stanstead Abbotts is alone. It cannot escape the town however; where the rivers meet south of the village is a complex of canal basins and sewage works.

The village of Stanstead St Margarets is across the River Lea, and across the Stort in Essex is Roydon.


Name and origins

The village's name was recorded as "Stanstede" at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. In the twelfth century the manor passed to the abbot of Waltham Holy Cross. By the fourteenth century the suffix "Abbatis", "Abbotts" or "Abbot" formed part of the parish's name. The abbey continued possession of the manor until its dissolution in 1531.[2][3]

The manor of Stanstead Abbotts was granted to Anne Boleyn and remained with the crown after her execution. In 1559 Queen Elizabeth granted it to Edward Baeshe and it remained in the Bashe family for several generation.[2]

The Village

Once situated on the main A414 it has many old buildings in its High Street although many have now made way for newer residential properties because the village is on the main railway line into Liverpool Street Station. The main industry in the village used to be making ale but again many of the original maltings have now been demolished to make way for a small business park.

The main entrance to the All Nations Christian College in Stanstead Abbotts was used as the entrance to the school in the "St Trinians" films.

The Lee Valley Marina, part of the Lee Valley Park, is located to the south of the village on the River Lea.[4]

Big Society

The village has a Scout Group, the 1st Stanstead Abbotts & St. Margaret's Scout Group.[5]

Sport and leisure

Stanstead Abbotts has a Non-League football club St Margaretsbury FC, which plays at The Recreation Ground.

Outside links

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about Stanstead Abbotts)