Great Hormead

An ancient parish which has now absorbed the old parish of Little Hormead.


Great Hormead (2 miles E. from Buntingford) has a restored fifteenth century church, perhaps 1400-20, containing a brass to a benefactor, one William Delawood (1694) and a mural monument to Lieut.-Col, Stables, killed at Waterloo. The village is close to the River Quin, which flows between the church and Hare Street on the Cambridge Road.

Hertfordshire Little Guide 1903


  Title: Great Hormead Church - Publisher: G.D. & Son Series 8010 A - Date circa 1903
Title: Greetingd from Great Hormead - Publisher: Numbered 99077 - Date: posted 1935  

Parish Church                    ?????

The Schools

Horse Shoe Lane   The Post Office

Hormead (3 miles N.) comprises Great and Little Hormead and Hare Street on the River Quin. In this parish are a number of picturesque houses and two old windmills. Great Hormead church is a restored 15th century edifice. The church of Little Hormead retains a considerable amount of Norman work including a very fine doorway.

Braughing Rural District Official Guide 1971

Parish Church                 The Hall


The Village            The Windmills



Great Hormead Bury

Gordon Smith, Publisher, 15, Stroud Road, N. #1933 - circa 1906.


A little to the north-west of the church is the manor-house, Great Hormead Bury, formerly the residence of the Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Romer, P.C., G.C.B., F.R.S., now of Mr. William H. Evans. It appears to have been a half-timbered house, possibly of the 17th century, modernized early in the 19th century by Colonel Stables, who was killed at Waterloo. A 17th-century door still remains.

 Victoria County History, 1914


[There is an drawing of the house in the Victoria County History which could well have been made from this post card,]

Above the village, on the ridge, a most delightful windmill group, one of the most fascinating scenes in the county. Approach is by means of a cart-track or an alternative footpath. Immediately to the east and north is a large orchard, at the time I was there white with blossoms. Both of the Mills are built of timber; one is a "smock," and the other of the "post" or "stump" type. It is to be hoped this group will not be allowed to go derelict; one hears so much lately of our fast-vanishing windmills. It would not take a very great sum of money to maintain these two good specimens intact.

Alderman, A Pilgrimage in Hertfordshire, 1931



"Evening" The Windmills, Great Hormead

Possibly 1930s??

Card #99055 but no other publisher information



The above picture comes from Hertfordshire Windmills and Windmillers which contains a lengthy account of these very interesting windmills, which unfortunately no longer exist.



The Brick House - see The Hormeads in 1901

September 2010   PC of windmills - and the Bury
January 2012   The Hormeads in 1901