The following information was submitted by Glenys Lardi as part of Broxbourne Council’s Year of Heritage in 2015
Oxenden Drive, Hoddesdon was originally the garden of The Grange. The old wall of the house, on the High Street, carries a small plaque. This plaque refers to the position of the fountain of fresh water, piped at the expense of Marmaduke Rawdon, to the town for the benefit of the townsfolk. The Grange is now a children’s nursery and over the wrought iron front gates, again on the High Road, there used to be, in large gilded letters, the name THE GRANGE. This historic building dates from 1657.
Another feature of The Grange is the wrought iron gates at the rear of the property – now in Oxenden Drive – which bears the monogram of Lady Arabella Oxenden in the centre, i.e. AO. They are an attractive feature facing onto Barclay Park.