Place:Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England

NameGreat Amwell
Alt namesEmmewellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 136
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.794°N 0.014°W
Located inHertfordshire, England
See alsoHertford Hundred, Hertfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Ware Rural, Hertfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
East Hertfordshire District, Hertfordshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


NOTE: A hamlet called Amwell also exists a mile southwest of Wheathampstead, further west in Hertfordshire. This hamlet has been redirected to Wheathamptstead. Caution should be taken because since the formation of East Hertfordshire District, Great Amwell and Little Amwell have been merged and the new parish named "Amwell" (particularly in Wikipedia).


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Great Amwell is a village in the county of Hertfordshire, England, located 1½ miles (S.E. by S.) from Ware, and about 20 miles north of London. Great Amwell is also the name of the civil parish within the East Hertfordshire District. Little Amwell was a separate parish until 1974.

The Anglican church is dedicated to St John the Baptist. The East India College was founded here in 1806, for the education of young men intended for the civil service of the East India Company in India. It is now a public school, Haileybury College.

The New River runs through the village.

Great Amwell has been the residence of some celebrated literary characters, among whom are:

Buried in Amwell churchyard include:

Richard Warren (d 1628) a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620, who settled in Plymouth Colony and co-signed the Mayflower Compact, married on April 14, 1610 at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Great Amwell, Elizabeth Walker, daughter of Augustine Walker. Richard and Elizabeth are the ancestors of two U.S. Presidents, Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

In 1935 a substantial area of the parish was transferred to Hoddesdon Urban District and to Ware Urban District.

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