Hertford. Horns Mill Road

Colin Wilson

The Brickendon poor house in Horns Mill Road was built on the site of the almshouse. 2019
Colin Wilson

Eve Sangster’s book provides the main information for this institution. There is little about the buildings, but some references to the people.

In 1748 Edward Tyler and his wife moved into one of the almshouses in the Horns at an annual rent of 7s. 6d. After Edward’s death his wife received a pension of 4s. per week, That suggests the rent was only about 2 weeks’ pension, a token amount. The children, James and William, were put into the workhouse in 1753.

Gabriel Fletcher was a pindar [poet?] in 1753, but was poor by 1760. Ann Fletcher, Blind Fletcher and Gabriel Fletcher were receiving a weekly allowance. John Fletcher was offered a pension of 1s. per week and an almshouse at the Horns; he would be sent to the workhouse if he refused this. As most people at the time regarded the workhouse as the worst that could happen, it’s likely he didn’t have to consider his options for very long. There are records of payments made to them. John Fletcher, Blind Fletcher and John’s wife all died in 1765. Ann Fletcher died in 1769. Again there are records of payments made to her.

The Bunyan family lived in an almshouse 1819.

Demolition

Eve Sangster states that the almshouses were demolished in 1833 to make way for the workhouse. The Workhouse website reports that a house on Horns Mill Road in Hertford, dating from around 1820, served as the poorhouse for the Liberty of Brickendon.

Location

The site is at the junction of Horns Mill Road and Brickendon Lane
GeoRef:  532062 211485
Grid Ref: 41o 47′ 12″ N  0o 05′ 13″W

References

West Street Hertford; the first 2000 years, by Eve Sangster
pub 2003 by Hertford Oral History Group
ISBN 0 9531927 5 X. A copy held at HALS

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Hertford/  (Site accessed June 2019)

 

This page was added on 15/06/2019.

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