Standon. Church End Cottages

Colin Wilson

Standon Church End cottages. Aug 2020
Colin Wilson
1 Church End Cottages. Oct 2016
Colin Wilson
2 Church End Cottages. Note the ornate chimney. Oct 2016
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The door to 1 Paper Mill Lane. Jul 2020
Colin Wilson
OS 25" map Hertfordshire 1897
Courtesy of Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies

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
ISBN 978-9-9542189-6-6

Historic England (site accessed Jul 2020)

This page was added on 14/07/2020.

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  • I lived in number 2 in the late 60s with my dad and my younger brother my dad was a dairy farmer milking twice a day on the farm I remember collecting the cows a taking them through the ford up to the farm we only moved away because the farmer got rid of the Herd of cattle we where there when the river flooded and whet to the school across the road I remember my dad helping to get the garden straight at the old paper mill

    By Clive Upson (21/08/2022)
  • I lived in number 2 with my Grandparents in the 1970’s. My grandfather worked for Tom Smith up at Standon Friars and New Street Farm. It was a beautiful little house, but so cold. I remember having to defrost the curtains to open them in the winter.

    By Selina Ansell (20/08/2020)
  • My parents lived in the far right cottage in the 40s & 50s. It was a tied cottage as my father worked for Frank Smith as a farm labourer. My brothers now 80 & 82 respectively and myself 71 were born and brought up there until moving to a council house in Puckeridge in the late 50s. Poor but happy days and the top shop owned by Mr & Mrs Emmerton just across the road.

    By Pauline Pacey (03/08/2020)