Place:Nettleden, Hertfordshire, England

NameNettleden
TypeVillage
Coordinates51.783°N 0.533°W
Located inHertfordshire, England     (1895 - present)
Also located inBuckinghamshire, England     ( - 1895)
See alsoPitstone, Buckinghamshire, Englandparish in which it was located while in Buckinghamshire
Nettleden with Potten End, Hertfordshire, Englandparish into which it was formed in 1937
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Nettleden is a village in Hertfordshire, England. It is in the Chiltern Hills, about four miles north west of Hemel Hempstead, surrounded by Little Gaddesden, Great Gaddesden and Frithsden. Nettleden with Potten End is a civil parish in Dacorum District.

The village name of Nettleden is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'valley where nettles grow'. In manorial records of the late Twelfth century the village was recorded as Neteleydene.

Anciently the village was a hamlet in the parish of Pitstone in Buckinghamshire, though the boundary of the hamlet was surrounded by the county of Hertfordshire. Nettleden was transferred from Buckinghamshire to Hertfordshire, and made a parish in its own right, in 1895. The church, St Lawrence, was first mentioned in 1285 when it became a part of the endowment of Ashridge Monastery. The church, except for the tower, was largely rebuilt in brick by John, earl of Bridgewater in 1811. Until 1895 it was a chapelry of Pitstone.

When Nettleden became a parish the hamlet of St Margaret's, formerly belonging to Ivinghoe in Buckinghamshire, was connected to Nettleden. At this place Henry de Blois bishop of Winchester founded the nunnery St Margaret's de Bosco. After the Dissolution in 1539 St Margaret's came in private hands. During the Second World War the St Margaret's Camp was a London County Council Senior Boys School for evacuees - boys from London. The school closed one week after the end of the war in Europe when all the boys were returned to their homes in London. Since 1984 it is the place of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.

Today the village sits in a very attractive location, on the periphery of Ashridge. From Nettleden to Frithsden goes the Roman Lane or Spooky Lane, named after the ghost of an Ashridge monk. In the early 19th century the lane was dug deep in the hill with high revetted walls on both sides and a bridge was built over the lane, in order that people using the driveway leading to Ashridge do not meet the villagers. Another feature of Nettleden is the steep Pipers Hill east of the village.

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