Old Herts



Title: Parish Church, Cottered - Publisher: B P co Ltd, No 108401 - real photo, date uncertainAdjacent Parishes:  Ardeley, Ashpenden, Clothall, Rushden, Sandon, Throcking, Wakeley

It is in Odsey Hundred and the Buntingford Union

The Medieval parish of Broadfield is now part of Cottered.

COTTERED, a parish in the hundred of Odsey, county of Hertford, 3 miles (W.) from Buntingford, containing 410 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, with that of Broadfield annexed, in the archdeaconry of Huntingdon, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at 20.8.6., and in the patronage of the Misses Jones. The church is dedicated to St. Mary.

Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

Title: The Green & Pump, Cottered - Publisher: B P co Ltd, No 108414 - real photo, date uncertain
The Green & Pump, Cottered

The Village Pump, Cottered - circa 1900
Published by E E Darvell (a newsagent and stationer in Buntingford)

Cottered (7 miles N.W.) is a most pleasant parish on the undulating chalk hills. At Haymead Hill over 480 feet elevation is attained. Hamlets include Flanders Green, Hare Street and The Warren. After the Norman Conquest this manor was granted to Walchlin, Bishop of Winchester. The Lordship, a magnificent former farmhouse, is one of the most ancient domestic buildings in Hertfordshire. 

Title: [Cottered] - Publisher: Durrent Series, Hertford - date circa 1905
Cottered Parish Church


What to vain mortals can a pleasure be

When no one part is from consumption free;

The head, the hand, the knee a palsy shakes,

The blood runs chill and every member quakes.

Death will the end of all my sorrows be,

And then I launch into eternity


An epitaph from churchyard

The Cream of Curiosity


Cottered has a handsome church dating principally from the 15th century with an embattled tower and a lofty spire. The fine old timbered roofs and medieval wall painting should be noticed. 

Broadfield and Throcking have now been incorporated with this parish. The former was previously the smallest parish in the Rural District. It occupies a pleasant position on the chalk hills where it rises to some 450 feet above sea-level. The Hall dates in part from the 15th century.

Throcking attains a height of 485 feet and is the highest point in the Rural District. At Half' Farm are traces of the old manor house of the Elwes family. The 13th and 14th century church has a perpendicular tower with an upper storey of brick added in 1660. The newly-painted crosses on the church walls mark the positions of the original consecration crosses.

Braughing Rural District Official Guide 1971

See the Medieval Wall Paintings

Title: Cottered - Publisher: B P co Ltd, No 198936 - real photo, date uncertain
The Village, Cottered


3. Cottered

Published by Robert H. Clark 

Posted 1905 to Miss Johnson, The Hale Farm, Anstey

The building on the left with a sign is The Bell Inn, and in 1902 the landlord was William Coxall.

Published by J Bishop, Photographer, Buntingford

The card shows the Bell Inn more clearly (behind stumpy tree on left) and is later than the above card (large tree on right of road has gone). Date probably 1920s.

The Bell Inn closed in 1990 (Hertfordshire Inns & Public Houses)


Title: Brook End Cottages, Cottered - Publisher: Number 148934 - no date information
Brook End Cottages, Cottered


The Japanese Garden at Cheynes, Cottered

Herbert Cooke (1865-1937) began developing this 6-acre garden in 1905 after a visit to he made to Japan in that year. Japanese garden features were imported and the design was developed over the following 30 years. In 1923, Japanese designer Kusumoto Seyemon was engaged to complete the design, incorporated a lake, streams, cascades, stone work, buildings, gates and arches with maples, azaleas, wisteria, bamboo, iris on dwarf conifers. [See]

See Jerome Ltd. photographer

Census: There is a list of surnames from the 1841-1901 censuses on the HCM web site.


See also Vital Records

If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.


Page updated February 2008
November 2009 - Japanese Garden