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To the North......

At the junction at St. Mary’s Church, traffic travelling north would turn and continue it’s journey along the appropriately named ‘North Road’ - although this road is now equally appropriately known as Church Street.


In North Road (Church Street)  stood the third of the coaching inns of welwyn - The Vine, closed in 1964 and now a private house. Also along this road could be found two more of Welwyn’s pubs, The Old Chequers, now closed, and

The Rose and Crown, which is still in business.


On the edge of the Churchyard stands the village War memorial commemorating the village’s war dead of two World Wars. For more information on this subject see www.welwynww1.co.uk.


As the road leaves Welwyn it passes one of the very oldest buildings in the village - Church House dates from the 15th century. During it’s long history it has served as an alms house, the Post office, a Police Station, a school, a village meeting place and is now a most unusual private dwelling, boasting as one of it’s bedrooms the old village morgue !


Further along the traveller would pass Rose Cottage, where reputedly Anne van Gogh, sister of the famous artist lodged whilst working as a teacher at Caroline Applegarth’s school in Ivy Cottage. Her brother Vincent is said to walked from London to visit her as he was too poor to travel any other way.


Opposite Rose Cottage stands Gothic House, originally built as a home for the curate and still a private house.


Travelling uphill away from the village the road approached one of the main large houses of Welwyn - Danesbury, notably the seat of the Blake family, in the centre of a large estate, now largely covered in modern housing. It still retains some its former glorious grounds as a nature reserve and after a long period serving as a hospital has been renovated and converted into luxury apartments.


The route leaving the village has been much altered, largely by the construction of a relief Link Road and even ‘The Clock’ roadhouse, a once famous landmark on the A1 has been replaced by flats. However a careful eye will still see the signs of the original road.


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The junction to the North

A view of Church Street in the 1940s

The road to the North