Stanstead Abbots

"Picturesque Hertfordshire: Stanstead Abbots Church"  Raphael Tuck & Son "Oilette" postcard 7425, Artist ?Barlram? Hijes?. Postally unused.

Adjacent Parishes:  Broxbourne, Great Amwell, Hunsdon, Roydon (Essex), Stanstead St Margarets, Ware

Stanstead Abbots is in the Braughing Hundred and the Ware Union

Stanstead Abbots is a village, parish and railway station on the Great Eastern (Hertford) Railway and River Lea navigation, 22 miles from London, 2 south-east from Ware station, and a mile and a half north-east from Hoddesdon, in Braughing hundred and rural deanery, Ware union, Hertford county court district, archdeaconry of St Albans, and diocese of Rochester. The church of St James is situated on a commanding eminence, one mile east from the village; it was built in 1578, and is in the Early English style of architecture, and has a nave, porch, aisles, chancel, and square embattled tower containing 3 bells. The living is a vicarage, annual value 134, including 39 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of, and held by, the Rev. John William Thomas, M.A., of Merton College, Oxford. 

Here are a Free Grammar and National Schools, the former founded in 1635 by Sir Edward Baesh, who was a native of this village; he left 20 yearly for the support of the master; he also endowed six almshouses for widows and decayed tradesmen, who now receive 4s. 6d. per week each; also the sum of 9 8s. yearly, for placing out poor boys belonging to the parish as apprentices.

There is a literary institute, with a library of 300 volumes. There is an Independent chapel. The population in 1861 was 980, and the parish contains 2,594 acres.

Post Office Directory, 1866

"River Lea and Bridge, Stanstead Abbotts" Number 104. Unused. No publisher or date information but probably pre-WW1

A postcard of the River Lea and Bridge at Stanstead Abbotts, including the Rose and Crown public House. According to Hertfordshire Inns & Public Houses the Rose and Crown closed in 1964. (see Postcards of Hertfordshire Pubs)

St James Church, Stanstead Abbotts

Note (presumably recording when the card was obtained) dated 1909

No publisher information but the frame is identical to the cards sold by R. W. Harradence, of Ware, at about the same date.


Identical picture  on pre-war postcard published by E. Munnings, Hertford.

Version posted 1906 with no publisher name



See Hertfordshire Bellfounders for inscription on one of the bells in St James.


St Andrew's Church
Postcard by Price & Son, Ware,
posted 1904

St Andrew's replaced St James as the parish church in 1882. 

St Andrews Church
Stanstead Abbotts

no publisher or date


St Andrew's Church, Stanstead Abbotts

Charles Martin 2072

circa 1904


Cats Hill, Stanstead Abbotts

The Wolsey Series No 28

Posted 1912

Title: High Street, Stanstead Abbotts - Publisher: The Post Office, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts "The Vulcan Series" - Date: posted 1926  

High Street, Stanstead Abbotts
Posted 1926
"Vulcan Series" postcard
published by the Post Office, Stanstead Abbotts

The 1926 Kelly's Directory shows that Leonard Groom was a stationer and post office in the High Street. The Public house shown is the Pied Bull - and Mrs Ada Maria O'Neill is listed at the Pied Bull Hotel. 

Easneye, Stanstead Abbots

Posted 1906

High Street, Stanstead Abbotts

Charles Martin, 39 Aldermanbury, London - No 1476
posted 1905

The 1902 Kelly's Directory records "Stevens Charles, Rose & Crown hotel, good accommodation for cyclists; parties catered for."

The Retreat
Stanstead Abbotts
near Ware

published by Charles Martin, 39 Aldermanbury, London E.C.
date circa 1902


Congregational Church, Stanstead Abbotts

Book: Amwell and Stanstead's Past in Pictures


There is historical information on the village, together with photographs, on the web site Lee Valley Online


In July 2003 HALS announced that they have acquired a significant collection of papers from the 13th to 19th century relating to properties owned by the Hankin family, maltsters and businessmen of Stanstead Abbots.


The Myth of Stanstead Abbey

Web: In and About Stanstead Abbots includes some excellent old and new pictures of the village and neighbouring places.

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


October 2009   Book Reference
November 2009   link to The Myth of Stanstead Abbey
May 2010   Link to In and About Stanstead Abbots web site
June 2011   Link re bell added