Thundridge Wadesmill High Cross Community Website


This is your official guide to the historic villages of Thundridge, High Cross and the hamlet of Wadesmill in Hertfordshire. This website is designed to provide information for the local community, visitors to the area and those viewing from around the world. Learn more about local history, find out about local events, walks, wildlife and facilities on offer.

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The 'new' village of Thundridge is built along the old Roman road 'Ermine Street', nestling in the beautiful 'Rib' valley.

The village of Thundridge was originally located about one-half mile to the east of the current Thundridge location, also adjacent to the River Rib. There are references to "Tonrich" in the Doomsday Book with land being held by the Bishop of Bayeaux and tenanted by Hugh de Grentmesnil, with the record indicating that there was a drop in the value of the land from 100 shillings to 40 shillings. There had however been civilised habitation in the area earlier than that, with both Roman and Saxon remains being found in the adjacent estate known as "Youngsbury" just a few hundred yards away from the old Thundridge location.
Thundridge has a School, Village shop, Church, Village Hall and one pub. Check out the Sky movies I found on an old camera.

Thundridge Village Stores


Wadesmill is a hamlet in Hertfordshire, located on the north side of the River Rib with an estimated population of 264.. Running through the center of Wadesmill is the road formerly known as the A10 - the main London to King's Lynn (via Cambridge) road - but now that the A10 by-pass has been built, Wadesmill and surrounding villages have returned to the quiet of former times. The route that was formerly the A10 is an ancient one with portions of it following the line of the Roman Road Ermine Street. Ermine street also figures as the former main street in Wadesmill's adjacent village Thundridge.

The hamlet of Wadesmill is famous the first toll house and the site of the Thomas Clarkson memorial.


High Cross

The Village of High Cross Hertfordshire has a school, village garage/shop, Church, village hall and a pub.

See the High Cross Events Dairy.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described High Cross like this:

HIGH CROSS, a hamlet and a chapelry in Standon parish, Herts. The hamlet lies 3 miles W of Hadham r. station, and 3 N of Ware. The chapelry was constituted in 1845. Post town, Ware. Pop., 819. Houses, 170. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £150.* Patron, W. G. Puller, Esq. The church is modern, and consists of nave and chancel, with porch and bell turret.

High Cross

Local Events

Ware Choral Society

Friends of High Cross Church

Fundraising events for St. John's in High Cross.

See events page.

Supermoon over Thundridge. Camera shots not great, but still quite a special sight. Click image to see gallery.

The Celebration

High Cross Local Hero!

On the 30th October 2014 Thundridge Parish Council organised a commemorative event to celebrate its double V.C. hero Lt. Col. Arthur Martin-Leake. This event was reported nationally on the BBC News and locally in the Mercury and was a great success.

The concerns

Speeding - Bad Parking - Dog Mess

Villagers are very concerned about the above issues and have voiced their opinions.

If you are visiting, walking or passing through please respect the area and local residents.

Please be aware of the speed limits. Please park carefully and not in any way that causes a situation where villager's vehicles are likely to get damaged by passing traffic and leave room for the emergency services.

Always pick up your dog's mess and put it in a dog bin, if close or take it away with you!

The vandals

Thundridge Old Church

Walkers, dog walkers, ramblers, joggers and anyone who loves the old Church. Please help us conserve the Old Church by letting me know what is going on. If, when passing the Old Church, you notice anyone misusing the church or churchyard, causing damage, leaving litter, just email councilor Clive Brigden and give some brief details, thank you.

email: Councilor Brigden


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