High Street

High Street to Saint Margarets
Clock House, Cappel Lane. The bridge can be seen but the stream is now "piped" and houses built on the reclaimed land behind the railings. The Clock House, Stanstead Abbotts. Originally the Baesh Grammar school, founded 1635, closed 1879. Photo Circa 1975. The Clock House Jan 2011 May 2012. The clock is wrong, it was 9.20 am.
Cappell Lane. Not sure about that wall. Jan 2011 Well it lasted a year longer than I expected. May 31st 2012 New wall, July 2012 July 2012
The Clock House January 2013 Park Road, Stanstead Abbotts. Now Cappell Lane. Postcard unmarked but posted Oct 1931. Cappell Lane, July 2012 Church Lane or Park Road, Now Cappel lane. Copyright "The Blackaby Series" early 1900's.
Church Lane or Park Road, Now Cappel lane. Copyright "The Blackaby Series" early 1900's. Mr Smith ensuring the safety of the public. March 2011 Mr Peter Smith, crossing patrol officer. Once a carpenter and wood machinist, now no longer with us., Peter was a master cribbage and domino player. He was also a very good friend of more years than I care to remember. Countess of Huntingdon Congregational Church, Cappel Lane. Date unknown. Postcard by Charles Martin.
Countess of Huntingdon free church,cappell lane. Demolished March 1987. Photo March 1987 Cappel Lane, Stanstead Abbotts. Photo 2005 Cappel Lane, stanstead Abbotts. Photo 2005. Manor Cottages, Cappell Lane. The cottage on the left, No: 24, used to be the old police station. There are bars at the window but whether to keep people in or out is debatable. The bars are not there now (2010). Photo taken 1987.
Detail of window bars at no 24. See previous picture. Photo 1987 St Andrews church, July 2012 Cappell Lane Juy 2012 St Andrews Church, Cappel lane. Became the parish church in 1882 in place of St James Church Stanstead Bury. The clock has been removed for repair and cleaning. April1987
Published by E. Spencer. Early 1900's St Andrews Church. Postcard date unkown. Courtesy of Gerald Coppen. St Andrews Church, Cappel lane. Became the parish church in 1882 in place of St James Church Stanstead Bury. Photo 2007 Rainbow over Saint Andrews. January 2014 Photo C Hartwig
Saint Andrews and the Wilshire Hall. Photo 2007. The Wilshire Hall. Function room at Saint Andrews Church. August 2010. Saint Andrews. August 2010. Date and publisher unknown
Saint Andrews Interior, August 2010 Saint Andrews Church from the allotments. Photo 2007. Saint Andrews and the allotments. Photo 2007. Saint Andrews Church. 2007.
Cappell Lane from the Church towards Warrax.1936 Originally 2 cottages, now one house. Built about 1800 Cappel Lane. Photo April 2010 The Abbotts, Warrax Park, Cappel Lane. Photo Jan 2010. The new "old postbox" Cappell Lane. Edward VII box, but not that rare. over 5% of boxes in the UK are from this period. Original brickwork destroyed by careless driver. Rebuilt in 1983.
The Retreat, Cappel Lane, Stanstead Abbotts. Postcard undated but research shows it was published by Charles Martin, date circa 1902. Halving Cottages, Cappel lane, by Alfred Waterhouse for Buxtons of Easneye, built 1868-9. Grade 2 listed. Photo April 2010 Wilberforce Cottages, Cappel Lane. Photo 2007 Wishing Well. Cappel Lane. Photo Feb 2010.
Larch Cottages with the Meridian post in the foreground. Hollycross Road. Photo 1987 River Ash. Hollycross Road. 2007 Stanstead Abbotts roof tops just after the sun had melted the morning frost. The roof in the centre of the photo is "Walford House", 35 High Street. Photo 1973, taken from the fields behind Chapelfields. The Red Lion, January 2013
The Red Lion. Second oldest building in the Village. Built in 1538 it started life as a Monastery. Photo 1970 Red Lion Stanstead Abbotts. Postcard dated August 1949. Postcard sent from 6, Roydon Rd. The Red Lion. Second oldest building in the Village. Built in 1538 it started life as a Monastery. Photo Dec 2006. Stanstead Abbotts High Street. Postcard from the "Blackaby Series". Posted April 1905.
High Street, Stanstead Abbotts. Postcard dated 1907. Copyright Charles Martin. Red Lion, Stanstead Abbotts. Feb 2009 Red Lion. Jan 2010 View from Red Lion 1992
View from Red Lion 2012 Red Lion 2012 Stanstead Abbotts High Street. The door on the left is entrance to the Pied Bull. Around 1978 Pied Bull 1926.
Pied Bull Pre 1918. The Pied Bull landing stage. Postcard Charles Martin posted 1906 The Pied Bull, Stanstead Abbotts. Now converted to houses, "Pied Hall" and "Pied House." Photo around 1970. Bachelor Hall
High Street High Street, Stanstead Abbotts. Photo 2006. Stanstead Abbotts High Street. A more traditional form of transport. Photo 2006. Stanstead Hall prior to being refurbished. Photo 2006
Stanstead Hall Photo 2006 Refurbishment at Stanstead Hall. Photo 2007. Stanstead Hall during refurbishment. Photo 2007. Stanstead Hall. After renovation. Built in 1752 for Michael Pepper who was a miller in the village. The tower (19th cent addition) has a spiral staircase inside that was used by servants to access the upper floors and basement. Photo Sep 2007
Stanstead Hall. After renovation. Built in 1752 for Michael Pepper who was a miller in the village. The tower (19th cent addition) has a spiral staircase inside that was used by servants to access the upper floors and basement. Photo Sep 2007 Stanstead Hall photograph by M Peterkin of St. Margarets womens institute. Postcard published by Hertfordshire Federation of Women's institutes. Date unknown. Stanstead Hall garden gates. Photograph by Rosemary Imroth of Gt. Amwell women's institute. Postcard published by Hertfordshire Federation of Women's institutes. Date unknown. Lily the Pink, formerly the Post Office. Amazing shop full of lots of beautiful items and ephemera. Photo 2011
Colourful interior of Lily the Pink. 2011 Colourful interior of Lily the Pink. 2011 The Post Office and next door the Nat West Bank. The bank was very useful and saved a trip to Ware but it closed in 1991 and is now a dentist surgery. The Post office closed 2005 and is now Lily the Pink florists. Photo 1991 Blackaby's Post Office, later Wray the bakers and now the fish bar. Date unknown. Postcard by Gibson.
Royal Chef Fish Bar, High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Formerly the "Carpet Mill" and many years ago "W. W. Ray, general shop," and before that it was "Blackaby's Post Office. Also known as "Winston House". Photo 2005 Royal Chef Fish Bar. Aug 2010. High Street, Stanstead Abbotts. The Village Pantry used to be Beatty's grocer shop but I can't recall what was at Hopsons. I know it once sold electrical goods. Photo 2007. Hot Food phone Box. Dec 2006.
Anna and Jill at the Village Pantry. Aug 2010 The Village Pantry, 2010. Helen Lovick enjoying an early morning cuppa. Photo 2006. The Hot Food sign now lies in the stream behind the railings. High Street phone box, purchased by the Parish Council for £1 in 2012
I don't know the origins of this stream, if indeed it is a stream, but it is directly behind the phone box in the High Street. This is where the Hot Food sign finished up. Photo 2010. Watch dog keeping an eye on me. Window in the High Street, Jan 2011 Abbotts Court, Stanstead Abbotts. Formerly the car park for Bridgemans hardware store. Photo 2005. Beautiful driveway by Tiled Perfection, High Street, Stanstead Abbotts. Photo July 2010.
Tiled Perfection. High Street Stanstead Abbotts. July 2010. Update on 25 High Street. Can't wait to see that beautiful urn all planted out. Landscape by Tiled Perfection. Photo Oct 2010 Colourful addition. Photo July 2011 July 2012. 24 High Street
The village playground by the car park. The playground is now the property of the parish council. It was previously rented. Cllr Julia Witting signed the deeds in April 2009. The renovated playground is due to open in April. Photo March 2010. The village playground by the car park. The playground is now the property of the parish council. It was previously rented. Cllr Julia Witting signed the deeds in April 2009. The renovated playground is due to open in April. Photo March 2010. The new playground in use. Thanks to Cllr Julia Witting and the other members of the parish council the playground is a valuable assett to the village. Photo April 2010. Playground Feb 7th 2014
Playground Feb7th 2014 Car Park Feb 7th 2014 Car Park Feb 7th 2014 Car Park or mooring? Feb 7th 2014
Graffiti at the village playground. www.demograffix.com is assosciated with artist Mark Tanti. Photo Aug 2010 If it's to do with motorcycles then this is the place. Photo Feb 2011. (Closed 2012) High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Barnardos charity shop. Formerly a hairdressers. The building to the right was the doctors surgery. The opening to the right of the picture is Glenmire Terrace. Rebuilt as "Kateman Court". Photo 1985. High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Barnardos charity shop. Formerly a hairdressers. The building to the right was the doctors surgery. Photo 1985.
High Street and Glenmire terrace. Now Glow Tanning Studios. Oliver Minton and Ladbrokes. 1990 something? High Strteet. Heat Shop on the far left and Post office on left. Unsure of date. High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Fruit Bowl, closed and demolished 2006.
Stanstead Abbotts. Site of "The fruit Bowl" June 2006. Millers Lane / High Street, Stanstead Abbotts. Jan 2007. Millers Lane, Stanstead Abbotts. Treacherous road conditions, sheet ice, Feb 2010. High Street 1992
The Lord Louis, High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Used to be the Oak pub. I seem to remember it was once the "Mill Restaurant" with a caberet on a saturday night, and Tom Jones once performed there, but my memory is clouded. Photo 2006. Abbie Mae Florists. Formerly a butchers shop. Now a gents hairdressers. Photo 2006 Burtons, high Street Stanstead Abbotts. The ownwership has changed but I have always known it to be Burtons. I well remember Mick and George, two great chaps who used to work there and they always seemed to be so cheerful. They weren't bad dart players either and loved a pint in the Red Lion. Oh those were the days! Photo 2006 Advert for Pratts who were the newsagents before Burtons. From the 1915 Parish Magazine. Submitted by Stuart Moye.
Stanstead Abbotts High Street. Postcard by "Frith & Co". Andersons has plenty of hardware on the pavement. Date unknown but judging by the Austin pickup truck I would date it to the 1950's, and I would bet a pound to a penny that the truck belonged to Son Carter, sadly no longer with us. ane and Able, High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Specialists in supplying aids for the disabled and elderly. The shop closed for business March 2009, but the company continues to trade. Photo 2006 High Street, Stanstead Abbotts. Postcard, details unknown, but according to the little Austin car it must be 1951 onwards. Flooded High Street around 1920.
High Street, Stanstead Abbotts. Postcard "Friths" Undated but may maybe 1950's ? High Street, Stanstead Abbotts. Postcard unmarked or posted but bears a message relating back to 1941, although card could be older. High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Postcard, publisher unknown. Postmark unreadable. Penny postage stamp so must date between 1918 and Jan 1921. The High Street, Feb 2010.
Stanstead Abbotts High Street. Postcard "The Hatfield Series" No: 76. Posted Nov 1906. Stanstead Abbotts High Street looking East. The Post Office is now the fish and chip shop. (2009). Postcard, Copyright "The Blackaby Series". Around 1905 Stanstead Abbotts, High Street. Photo 2006 Stanstead Abbotts High Street. Postal date 1904. No publisher details.
High Street. Photo 2006. High Street, Jan 2010. Stanstead Abbotts High Street, 2009 High Street November 2011
Stanstead Abbotts High Street, Dec 2005. The old Coop shop High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Last day of trading was Easter Monday 2005. Re-opened in new premises in October 2005. Photo Easter Monday 2005. interior of the old Coop shop High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Last day of trading was Easter Monday 2005. Re-opened in new premises in October 2005. Photo Easter Monday 2005. The old Coop shop High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Last day of trading was Easter Monday 2005. Re-opened in new premises in October 2005. Photo Easter Monday 2005.
High Street. A brave motorist tackles the harsh conditions. Photo Feb 2010. No mooring rights here and we don't get the floods any more but maybe they know more than we do! Photo 2005. South Street Stanstead Abbotts is the only road access to the Marina. Boats may be very easy to navigate on water but can prove difficult on land. This driver made it without any problems. July 2005. The Pharmacy, High Street. Even way back this shop was chemists. Now run by Clinovia but previously it belonged to Mr Collins who was responsible for the renovation and building of the adjacent "Wall House". Photo Sep 2006.
High Street, Post card by Charles Martin Posted 1909. South Street 1990 something The Marina, South Street, Stanstead Abbotts. Not exactly built for the River Lea but all shapes and sizes can be found here. Photo May 2010. The Marina, South Street, Stanstead Abbotts. The Mill Stream looking towards the Maltings. Photo May 2010.
The Marina The Marina, South Street, Stanstead Abbotts. A sad resident that once would have been a beautiful craft. With lots of TLC it may one day be restored to its former glory. Photo May 2010. 00239 This house in Stanstead Abbotts, 77 High Streeet, (opposite Riverside), used to belong the Roman Catholic Church. A wooden hut in the grounds was used as a church for celebrating Mass. After the church stopped using the site the house was let out to a Mr Lovick but the house gradually fell into a poor state and became uninhabitable. Mr Lovick moved out in 1973 and the site was sold for redevolopement. (See next two pictures.) Photo 1983
This house in Stanstead Abbotts, 77 High Streeet, (opposite Riverside), used to belong the Roman Catholic Church. A wooden hut in the grounds was used as a church for celebrating Mass. After the church stopped using the site the house was let out to a Mr Lovick but the house gradually fell into a poor state and became uninhabitable. Mr Lovick moved out in 1973 and the site was sold for redevolopement. (See next picture.) Photo 1983 The old Catholic House, no 77 High Street, Stanstead Abbotts after its refurbishment. This photo taken 2009 but the house was restored long before this. L'Artista the Italian restaurant. 73 High Street Stanstead Abbotts. Now closed and is the "Abbotts Spice" restaurant. See next pic. Photo 2006 Hopkins 1903. No postcard publisher. The card was addressed to Mrs Hopkins, Cowley, Oxford. 1903
Formerly L'Artista Italian restaurant. Photo 2009 Cheere wine bar and High Street 1992 Halls Butchers, 1992 Stanstead Abbotts level crossing and station garage. Photo 1980
Postcard Stanstead Abbotts High Street. Date or publisher unknown. Pre 1918 according to postal charge asked for. Stanstead Abbotts, High Street looking east. Photo around 1987 Sunrise in the High Street Stanstead Abbott.From Stanstead Bridge, Photo 1985 Stanstead High Street and Rose and Crown Inn. Postcard posted 1925.
Rose and Crown pub. By Charles Martin Posted 1922