Bayford & Brickendon are approximately 3 miles south of Hertford, 5 miles from the A10 and around 8 miles from the M25. There is also a railway link in between both villages that serves Moorgate, typically providing 3 trains per hour. Although both situated in the countryside, they are still not too far from popular commuting links.
In previous years, Bayford has won ‘Best Kept Village’ awards, and holds a ‘Gardens Open Day’ in which many of the residents open their gardens to the public to enjoy. There is a mixed infants and junior school in the village, a pub called the Bakers Arms and a cricket pavilion. There is not a post office facility nor is there a general shop in Bayford, so most residents stock up from shops in Hertford, which is the nearest town to this village.
Brickendon is set around a traditional village green, which offers a playing area for younger children. Brickendon also benefits from having a village pub, The Farmer’s Boy, that receives great reviews from visitors. If you’re a keen golfer and enjoy a round now and then, Brickendon Grange Golf Club is situated only a minutes’ drive from the village green. If you are looking for a more rural location with great views and easy travelling to and from the busier towns, then these two are contenders for you.
Off Port Hill to the east takes you to The Warren, an ancient footpath running along the side of the River Beane and the wide open spaces of Hartham Common, which leads up the hill to the Norman church of St. Leonard, the oldest building in the Hertford area, located on the hillside overlooking the shared Beane and Lea valley, the Grade I Listed church dates from about 1120, there are also great views from up here.
Informally the town consists of Upper and Lower Bengeo, the upper part is the area at the top of Port Hill and Bengeo street and the surrounding area and the lower part being the area on the side of the hill made up of streets such as Port Vale and Byde Street.
Upper Bengeo has its own amenities such as a local shop, a Post Office, two warm and friendly pubs both providing local ales and Sunday lunches. There are two primary schools, one being a ‘Good’ state school which is Bengeo Primary School and the other is Duncombe which is an Independent Prep School. There are relaxing walks across Waterford Heath and many bridal and toepath’s that take you across some of the most stunning countryside in the UK.
Bengeo has many local and independently run businesses such as a Bengeo Nursery which stocks plants and shrubs for your garden and local Joiners or R S Castle Joinery who can make you anything from sash windows to handmade staircases!
Lower Bengeo is a very attractive area, consisting of many residential streets with pretty brick Victorian properties perfectly proportioned for families and very close the Hertford North rail station which takes you directly into London’s Kings Cross, making this area a very desirable place for commuters.
There is an arts centre called ‘Court Yard Arts’ which showcases the work of local artists and also runs classes for all ages. Across from here is a popular local crafts business called Manic Ceramics, here you can have children’s parties or just pop in to make and paint your own ceramics whatever age you are!
The Millstream pub is a favourite with its good food, romantic yet down to earth dining room at the back and its large grassy garden, all making this a perfect place to relax on a summers evening or any time of year for that matter.
All in all the quality of living in Bengeo is very high and this gives the area a sense of calm and relaxation, perfect for anyone looking to completely relax in their spare time!