STANSTEAD ABBOTTS TODAY – THE VILLAGE
by Ron Dale
SOME STATS ABOUT MODERN STANSTEAD (Details from 2011 Census)
The rate of unemployment in Stanstead Abbotts is lower than the Hertfordshire average and the national average.
The number of people claiming benefits of all kinds in Stanstead Abbotts is about 10% lower than the national average. (DWP statistics)
A questionaire concerning health in the 2011 Census showed that more people reported ‘very good’ health, higher than the national average.
The population of Stanstead Abbotts is above the national average in age and higher than the average for East Hertfordshire.
The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside with many interesting footpath
walks and has its hills and woods for those who enjoy the fresh air. If you drive
through on Sunday mornings you may have to slow down for horse-
We have three fishing lakes plus the Amwell Magna trout fishery made famous by Isaak Newton. The R.S.P.B. Nature Reserve at Rye Meads attracts visitors from a long distance and has many wooden walkways and raised hides including the popular kingfisher hide. We also have a sailing lake and the convenience of the rivers Lea and Stort for boating. And the local pharmacy is a very frtiendly business which delivers medication for the elderly and infirm throughout the village. All things considered, not a bad place to live!
STANSTEAD IS STILL A VILLAGE
Three places on the river Lea were once famous for the malting industry: Stanstead
Abbotts, Hertford and Ware. Today we are the only village left in the area with a
Historically speaking, our village history has been dealt with in the village
history book (available in the Village Pharmacy or through the web-
Some of the houses in our High Street can be traced back to the 17th century
with one or two earlier, but obviously they have more modern frontages for the shops.
The village is home to one of the largest missionary colleges in the world, the
All Nations Christian College at Easneye, a Victorian mansion just outside the village
at the end of a one-
The river Lea, which has historically been very important to the village malting
industry when a steady flow of barges carried barley malt to the large London breweries,
starts life near Luton in Bedfordshire, flows through the grounds of Hatfield House
and on to Hertford, Ware and Stanstead Abbotts and eventually pours into the London
Thames. Here on our bridge we have a picturesque view downstream of weeping willows
dipping their tips into the water and colourful narrow-
Ron Dale, July, 2017
St James Church
The Red Lion
Rye House Gate House
(Click on pictures to enlarge)