Icknield Way

As you travel East along Icknield Way you come to a cross roads. To the North is a road that runs past the Isolation Hospital on its way to

The road to the South at the cross roads leads back to the centre of Tring. Continuing straight ahead you get to


Tring Isolation Hospital: Information from the Hospital Records Database:

Tring Isolation Hospital was opened on 19 December 1901 by Lord Rothschild. Tring Urban District Council had seen the need for an Isolation Hospital for some time prior to that, but had been unable to raise the necessary finance. However, Lord Rothschild made a loan to the Urban District Council which enabled the hospital to be built. It was situated in Little Tring Road in Tring and contained 20 beds. In 1902 Tring and Aldbury Isolation Hospitals combined their services with Tring taking all the cases of smallpox and Aldbury all the cases of scarlet fever. The Hospital was used in the First World War as a military hospital. In 1948, when the National Health Service was created, Tring Isolation Hospital, along with many other Isolation Hospitals, was closed.


New Mill


One of a set of six semi-glossy postcards of Tring issues by the R.A.P. Co, Ltd. The set must have been produced about 1932 as it included two cards of the newly opened Whipsnade Zoo.

The two barges tied up on the wharf have the name of their owners written on the side. The bottom line of the sign on the left hand barge can be seen to be "Aylesbury."

Please tell me if you can identify the company?


Tring Mill

De Fraine & Co, Tring
Valentine  JV - number obscured

In 1799 the Grand Junction Canal Company bought the water mill at New Mill and dismantled it but the canal was not finally completed until 1805. The loss of the mill, no doubt, created an opportunity for someone to build a windmill to take its place. The wharf at Tring was situated at the highest point of the canal and, with direct access to the barges for delivery of corn and distribution of flour, it was an ideal site for a windmill. I have not discovered the exact date when one was built but it can be narrowed down to between 1805 and 1820. The millers for the first 30 to 40 years were all Grover's. They were wharfingers as well as millers and must have had a profitable business at Gamnel Wharf. The 1841 census listed a William Grover, 60, Wharfinger, and in a separate household. Thomas Grover, 35, miller. His son, William, was only 2 but Thomas had two millers working for him, John Hilsden, 35. and his son, John, 16, who lived in a separate dwelling near the wharf. 11 to 13 years earlier, James Grover, William, the wharfinger's younger brother, had left the wharf to become the miller at Goldfield windmill, Tring. About 1845 the Grovers gave up being both millers and wharfingers at Gamnel wharf. [first paragraph of account in Cyril Moore's Hertfordshire Wind Mills and Millers]


The Windmill was demolished in May 1911 - and the postcard was updated by painting it out!

The canal shown is the Wendover Arm of the  

Grand Union Canal

Behind the Mill a road runs north, over a hump-backed canal bridge to  

Long Marston

New Mill Social Centre

Post Card of St George's Mission Church

This building has an interesting history. After the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 units of the Royal Field Artillery moved to Hemel Hempstead. By the end of the year started on the construction of a military camp at Gadebridge, which was occupied in April 1915 and used for troop training.

The Gadebridge Camp

In 1918 the camp was converted for use as a military hospital and was used to treat soldiers with venereal disease. In 1920 the hospital was closed and in December 1920 the huts were sold off for re-erection elsewhere.

This is one of the 34 accommodation huts, each 120 feet long. It was re-erected at New Mill by the Church of England as St George's Mission Church. This use continued until sometime after the Second World War, and the modern photograph (taken in 2010) shows it in its role as the New Mill Social Centre.  

The building and site were owned by the local Parish Church and in September 2014 the building was removed to be rebuilt on a reconstructed First World War Army Camp at Bury St Edmunds. New houses will be built on the site.

New Mill Social Centre (and former WW1 Hut) at Tring

The Removal of the Former WW1 Army Hut, September 2014

WW1 Army Hut being demolished at Tring

North Side of Hut immediately before work starts.


Roofless Kitchen Block, New Mill Community Centre, Tring

Kitchen extension - Asbestos roof removed

Work starts on removing the Roof


Interior of former WW1 Hut at Tring

Removing the stage at start of removal for rebuilding.

Dismantling WW1 Army Hut at Tring

Tin roofing and weatherboarding removed


Most of WW1 Army Hut now removed, New Mill, Tring

North Side - nearly all original hut removed

Site of former WW1 Army Hut at New Mill, Tring


Site of Former New Mill Comunity Centre, Tring

Site completely  cleared - Early October

Implement Gate, Tring
G. T. de Fraine & Co., Tring - Posted 1915
(JV 63172 - 1909)

The Implement Gate, New Mill, Tring
C A Howlett. Known posted 1906

A picture of the gate appeared in The Tatler of 13th September, 1905.


This gate was made about 1900 for the Mr Mead, the miller at New Mill - and the postcard shows his daughter. It was constructed by Gilbert Grace, ironmonger of Tring. Click here for more information


New Mill

Looking south from the near the cross roads on the Icknield Way

One of a set of six semi-glossy postcards of Tring issued by the R.A.P. Co, Ltd' produced about 1932

The houses in the distance are New Mill Terrace - see picture on EMERY, Tring, 19th/20th Century

This sketch map comes from the enumerator's book for the area in the 1861 census. The above photograph was taken looking south  from a short way south to the New Mill Cross Roads. The building on the left (a public house known as the Pheasant)  is on the Y junction.

For more about the naming of the road labelled "Dunsley to Tring Wharf" see Mill Lane, Tring , 1861


New Mill Terrace
Posted 1929

On the left at the cross roads is the Queens Arms Public House - later demolished to allow the construction of a roundabout.. Beyond the cross roads can be seen St George's Mission Church and beyond it the New Mill Church of England School, built in 1874.


Travelling south the road to the right, opposite the New Mill Terrace, leads to New Mill Baptist Church, centre of local Nonconformity since 1655.


Continuing southward you pass the gas work on your left (now a block of flats) and then come to the Silk Mill on your right (now a number of commercial units in the old buildings).


South of the Silk Mill you come to the Market


and beyond this you come to the Robin Hood Public House and the starting point of the walk.


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