Westwick, Hertfordshire

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Westwick is a vanished village hamlet in Hertfordshire, at about TL091065 which has left its name to a lane and two farms at the edge of the New Town of Hemel Hempstead.

Westwick Row today is a narrow rural lane running along the edge of and south-east out of the village of Leverstock Green, which is part of Hemel Hempstead. Westwick was It was originally within the parish of St Michael's in St Albans. The lane runs into the main St Albans Road at its most easterly end, at Corner Farm, and into Green Lane at its most westerly end, being connected to the main road also by Pancake Lane.

Within Leverstock Green is Westwick Farm. Outside is Westwick Row Farm. Westwick House stands to the south.

Westwick Row

Westwick Row was once the central lane of the mediæval Manor of Westwick,[1] and indications are that Westwick Row was the village’s main thoroughfare in the Middle Ages and the Anglo-Saxon period. It may even have been an Iron Age trackway. The line of the original Iron Age trackway continues at the westerly end via Buncefield Lane.

Evidence of a Romano-British villa at Handpost Lodge, Westwick Row was discovered in 1998.[2] Other archaeological finds date to the Late Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages[3] and includes a Bronze Age hoard discovered by Sir John Evans in the mid 19th century. This consisted of a looped socketed bronze axe, fragments of another axe and five lumps of copper. With the exception of one lump of metal that John Evans donated to the British Museum, the rest of the find is at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Evidence suggests that a Great Tithe Barn stood on Westwick Row, belonging to the Monastery at St Albans. It would have stood near the present day Westwick Warren. This was demolished in the mid 17th century.


Several listed buildings are to be found along Westwick Row, namely:

  • Dell Cottage (early to mid 17th century);
  • Westwick Cottage (Grade II* late 12th century/early 13th century with later additions);
  • King Charles II Cottage (17th century);
  • Westwick Row Farmhouse (15th century)
  • Westwick Row Farm Barns (18th century)
  • Corner Farm House (16th century)
  • Corner Farm outbuildings (18th century)

Westwick Farm

Westwick Farm is known to have dated back to the Tudor era. It was in a poor state of repair and was demolished in the mid 19th century by the Earl of Verulam when the farm was added to the portfolio of his estate of Gorhambury. It was replaced with the present farmhouse.

From at least the early 19th century to the early 20th century several farm labourers' cottages were also to be found along Westwick Row. These were gradually demolished in the 20th century when new housing was built in Curtis Road. Several good sized properties were further built at the western end of the Row in the early to mid 20th century, and a small estate of executive houses were built on the site of Handpost Lodge.


  1. "Westwick". Bacchronicle.homestead.com. 2009-04-11. http://bacchronicle.homestead.com/Westwick.html. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  2. "HandpostLodge". Bacchronicle.homestead.com. 2009-04-11. http://bacchronicle.homestead.com/HandpostLodge.html. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  3. "Archaeology". Bacchronicle.homestead.com. 2009-04-11. http://bacchronicle.homestead.com/Archaeology.html. Retrieved 2011-11-26.