Ashwell – Hertfordshire village
Ashwell picturesque village in north Hertfordshire some 45 miles from the centre of London and a few miles from the A1(M) motorway. It nestles on the chalk scarp on the spring line. The springs, to be found in the village, are one of the sources of the River Cam.
Today the village is home to about 1,700 people and is a hub of activity. The shops and services cater of most daily needs and include a small supermarket, a butcher, a baker, a chemist, a post office, hairdressers, an estate agent and a florist. There is a doctor’s surgery and a dental surgery
A planned Anglo-Saxon town, Ashwell has a range of vernacular buildings which are dominated by the impressive 14th century St Mary’s Church. A market town at the time of the Domesday Survey of 1086 the street pattern still indicates where the market place was. During the medieval period the village stagnated and is one of the reasons for the wealth of timber-framed buildings to be found when walking down the High Street.