Standon. Church End Cottages
This is a picturesque group of almshouses. Built in the 17th century, they were enlarged and altered in the Gothic style in the early 19th century. The structure was a wood frame and rough cast. The door frames are in the Tudor style. This information has been taken from Historic England’s website. A chance meeting with a resident revealed that the condition at rear of the premises was more original than the front.
At present I have been unable to establish when they were in use as almshouses.
The only other reference found so far is a listing in Historic Atlas of Hertfordshire with a date of 17th century. This list does not include the Hadham Road almshouses. Other sources make no mention of them. This includes Cussans, Chauncy, Clutterbuck and Victoria County History. Hertfordshire Archives holds no records, and Historic England’s website does not cite any references.
They are not noted as almshouses on the OS maps, although those in Hadham Road are labelled as such.
The building was listed as grade II by Historic England in Jan 1967.
A visit in 2016 elicited the information that the property was owned and let by a local farmer.
1 and 2 Paper Mill Lane, Standon
Georef: 539592 222163
Grid ref: 51o 52′ 51″N 0o 01′ 36″E
OS 25” map Hertfordshire XXII.6 pub 1897
An Historical Atlas of Hertfordshire ed David Short
Hertfordshire Publications 2011
Historic England https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1307672 (site accessed Jul 2020)