Stanstead Abbotts

Stanstead Abbotts
The High Street at Stanstead Abbotts - - 730563.jpg
The High Street in Stanstead Abbotts
Stanstead Abbotts is located in Hertfordshire
Stanstead Abbotts
Stanstead Abbotts
Location within Hertfordshire
Population1,950 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL4011
Civil parish
  • Stanstead Abbots
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWARE
Postcode districtSG12
Dialling code01920
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°47′19″N 0°00′44″E / 51.788613°N 0.012308°E / 51.788613; 0.012308Coordinates: 51°47′19″N 0°00′44″E / 51.788613°N 0.012308°E / 51.788613; 0.012308

Stanstead Abbotts (alternatively Stanstead Abbots) is a village and civil parish in the district of East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, England; it lies on the county boundary with Essex. At the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 1,983.[2] The village is situated approximately two miles (three kilometres) south-southeast of Ware, four miles (six kilometres) southeast of Hertford, two miles (three kilometres) north-northeast of Hoddesdon and five miles (eight kilometres) west of Harlow. The village is separated from the village of Stanstead St Margarets by the River Lea.


Name and origins

The village's name was recorded as "Stanstede" at the time of the Domesday Survey in the late eleventh century. 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.[3][4]

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 generations.[3]

The village

Once situated on the main A414, Stanstead Abbotts has many old buildings in its High Street, although many have now made way for newer residential properties. The village is on the Hertford East Branch Line, with trains from St Margarets station to Liverpool Street Station. The main industry in the village used to be making ale but 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 local school is St Andrews Primary CE (VC) Primary School.[5]

The Lee Valley Marina, part of the Lee Valley Park, is located to the south of the village on the River Lea.[6]

The village was awarded the title "Best kept village in Hertfordshire – large village" in 1999.[7][8]

Several bus routes run through or near the village, including buses to Harlow, Hunsdon, Hertford, Cheshunt, and Waltham Cross.

Sport and leisure

The village has a Scout Group, the 1st Stanstead Abbotts & St. Margaret's Scout Group.[9]

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

See also


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Parish Headcount: Stanstead Abbots CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Parishes: Stanstead Abbots". A History of the County of Hertford: volume 3. British History Online. 1912. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  4. ^ Hertfordshire County Council. "Stanstead Abbots" (PDF). Hertfordshire Extensive Urban Survey. Archaeology Data Service. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  5. ^ "St Andrews CE (VC) Primary School". Retrieved 12 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Lee Valley Regional Park Authority - Stanstead Marina". Retrieved 12 August 2009.
  7. ^ "standsteadabbots". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  8. ^ "The New River and the Lee". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  9. ^ "1st Stanstead Abbotts & St. Margaret's Scout Group". Retrieved 12 August 2009.

External links

Media related to Stanstead Abbotts at Wikimedia Commons