Chipperfield is a small active village situated on a crossroads approximately 5 miles south-west of Hemel Hempstead and the same distance north-west of Watford. The village occupies a site some 1.75 miles east to west and 1.75 miles north to south on a chalk plateau at the edge of the Chilterns, some 130 to 160 metres above sea level. The chalk is overlain with pebbly clay and sand to the south and east and clay with flints to the north and west. There are two dry valleys where the chalk is exposed i.e. at Dunny Lane and Whippendell Bottom.
The village roads are bordered by an attractive mix of gardens, fields, hedges and woodland rather than solid walls. There is an extensive network of footpaths, pavements and permissive bridleways, most of which are well maintained. The white painted signposts and wooden public benches are in harmony with the character of the village.
Chipperfield Common, gifted in 1936 to the local authority to be maintained in consultation with the people of Chipperfield, extends to over 100 acres and is well used by local residents and visitors from the surrounding area. Most of the common woodland is secondary woodland estimated as varying in age between 80 and 176 years old, which has regenerated as the grazing of livestock fell out of practice. There are eight large mature sweet chestnut trees which are regarded as veteran trees, of great historical and landscape importance estimated to date back to between 1600 and 1620. The Common is the best known and valued feature in the village.
The whole of the parish has been included within the Metropolitan Green Belt. There are 16 designated footpaths across the common and farmlands giving a great opportunity for all to appreciate Chipperfield’s rural landscape.
Despite its proximity to Hemel Hempstead and Watford, the village has maintained its rural character and surrounds with a mixture of open farmland, wooded areas and copses. The Bulstrode farmland is notable for its lack of hedges, since an area enclosed by 29 hedges has been consolidated into a single field. The farmland east of the Manor House and descending into the dry Whippendale valley is characterised by medium-sized hedged fields. It is considered attractive and was designated a Landscape Conservation Area under the Dacorum Borough Local Plan adopted in 1995. Fields come right into the village and provide an agricultural setting for adjoining housing. This can be seen on Tower Hill, in Dunny Lane and also in the Chapel Croft/Kings Lane area
I was born in the united states, Grandson to Ellen May Carpenter who was born, raised, and lived in Chipperfield until she moved to the united states with my Grandfather in 1945. I have never visited the village nor have i ever been to the homeland but i am trying to find out if i still have relatives in the village. How would i be able to access records or look up relatives from the village? I would love to visit the one day with my family but i would like to see if i have any family remaining there. thank you for any suggestions you may have.January 12, 2010 Russ
Greg, can you provide us with a contact email address, we may be able to help.
please use the “Contact” page on the left
Where was the windmill?
We have moved to Chipperfield a few months ago and are interested in the local history. We have asked some old residents where the name “Windmill Hill” is coming from and where the windmill was located if there has ever been one… We haven’t found any answers so far as nobody remembers the existence of a windmill. Who can help?
I’ve been told that it was behind the Windmill pub, but have no proof.September 10, 2010 Meike
Thanks for the information Mr. Kear. I assume I will have to do further investigations to find out more about the windmill…November 4, 2010 Expat
According to my copy of Notes on Old Chipperfield which was published in 1948:-
“So let us in imagination wander through the little hamlet as it was 150 years ago.
Starting from the west end of the Common, we should find the wooden Windmill on the hill, where the ground falls away to the Dell, and the strong south-west wind will catch its sails. The Millhouse close to, has a Baker and an old window where the loaves are sold. There are four old cottages near, where A. Howden will build his house (Burford House).
Later on in the book it is noted that the Windmill was working in 1877 and still standing but idle in 1881. Certainly by 1948 it was no longer in existence.
In a chapter of reminiscences, Mrs Goodman of Queen Street (recorded 1935) remembers the sails move round and hearing the noise of sails across the common where she lived as a small child next door to Mahogany Hall. She also remember being one of the children allowed to go and cart wood home when the wooden Mill was broken up, The Mill stood between Common and Millhouse. – Mrs Goodman died in 1943 aged 85.
Hope that gives you a start to your investigations.November 5, 2010 Sheila
I am planning to visit Chipperfield in the summer as this is my Birth place (just want to take a look around the lovely village and woods).I was born in a house called Hunterswood Lodge, Hunterswood, late 1950′s.
Would anybody able to tell me if the house is still there please and if there has been much change to that paticular area.
Can anyone tell me whether Tomtibow (house) is still there? My Grandparents lived in The Lodge and worked for Miss Courtauld cira 1924.February 9, 2011 Anne
Yes – it is still there although it is now called Hunterswood House.February 15, 2011 Keith
My Grandma Emily Eliza Bradley also worked for Miss Coutauld around that time.April 13, 2011 Julie Cross
Hi, could anyone tell me if there is a local historical society for Chipperfield? I have traced relatives from the Bateman family who were in the village at or around the early 1820′s and would like to find out more about them
hi iwas born in tower hill in 1953 i lived with my grandparents Jim and Sylvia Scott at 54 Tower Hill its been a long time but would love to hear from anyone who remembers me or the Scott family I remember school days with Malcolm and Carol Pudefoot ithink thats how you spell there name apologies if notMay 7, 2011 Jayne J
I have speaking to my Dad today who said he used to play in band at ‘The Boot’ pub in Chipperfield in the early 1960′s. The band was called ‘The Gamblers’ – does anyone remember them or have any info on them?
ThanksJune 8, 2011 keith scott
does anyone remember the scott family who lived at 54 towerhill inthe 40s 50s and early 60s would love to hear any thing i am their grandson keith .i lived with my grandparents from 1953 until 1960ish i attended the school by the two brewers would really love to hear from someone even if its to say no traceJune 25, 2011 Kathy Upex
I am researching my family history.
My ancestors were Bradley and Bone.
Can anyone throw any light on the families. They appear to have been labourers or worked in straw. Too many to put down here.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, my girlfriend and I recently met a very nice family from Chipperfield. The wife’s name is Ella (not sure if she spells it different) and her husbands name is Biff, I believe. They also have two young sons in middle/secondary school. Anyways, Ella described how nice the Village of Chipperfield was, so I came on to this website to give it a look and it does look wonderful. So if you know who Ella and Biff are, tell them we said hi!!
- Their friends Tony & Heather from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (we met in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico)August 18, 2011 Carol and Gerry
We lived in Northwood for two years (1998-2000) and worked in Pinner. We found the Windmill and it became our “local.” We went there almost every Friday night after a hard week’s work and met several great folks there. In those days it was Ted’s place and Dave was there, too. When we visited last a few years ago Dave was still there, very busy.
When we had visitors from the U.S., we often ate at the carvery at the Two Brewers on Sunday. We loved driving around the countryside in and around Chipperfield. We enjoyed those days and remember them with fondness.
Punta Gorda, Florida
A small world that is is, I was doing some research on Chipperfield as i have a french oral exam, and typically distracting myself by reading through these forums.
I work at the Two Brewers pub when I am home for holidays and I was reading your post I realised that you were talking about two of the locals in the village i know and i had to ask her whether it was them you were talking about, her names actually Ali (Alison) and said to get in contact with her on facebook!
Genevieve from ChipperfieldOctober 14, 2011 Nick Ashby
Hi Trying to find the parents,of William Ashby Hay Carter,born 1830 Bucks Hill Chipperfield.CaroleM-Bovingdon
Could anyone tell me what the derelict stone building on the corner at Tower Hill, opposite the garage was used for, please?April 29, 2012 Russ
Hi Carole, if you mean the PillBox then you may find this news article of interest
Does anyone have any information about the origin of the name of Megg Lane? I was born there and remember being told that there was a gypsy called Meg and she hung herself from the oak tree at the top of the lane. A bit grisly but I have never heard this story from anywhere else.May 6, 2012 Trudie
Hi Julie, Have just found my Notes on Old Chipperfield and on the map of 1839 it shows the top of the lane as Meg Lane field – so your gypsy tale had to pre-date 1839. Interesting that it is down as Meg with one g not two. Not much help but at least it gives you a date.May 18, 2012 Trudie
Just an idea but a ‘meg’ or ‘megg’ was a slang term dating back to the 1700′s for a threepenny bit. Don’t know how this helps but I thought it was interesting!!!May 18, 2012 carl hastings
chipperfield is one the best villages in the whole of england i have lived all my life and i never leave the ,ost beautiful village in the countryAugust 6, 2012 Malcolm Powell
Hi I lived at number 52 Tower Hill, with my sister Carol and younger brother David, we lived next door to the Puddyfoots. I went to Bovingdon primary school, and then to Kings Langley secondary school. i remember you keith.January 2, 2013 Sarah
Can anyone recommend a beautiful spot for wedding photos please? Thank you.February 5, 2013 keith scott
Hi Malcolm what a blast from the past.I remember you and Carol and Malcolm Puddyfoot he also had a sister and brother i think maybe Carol and Martin.Malcolm my e-mail address is (sent to malcolm) please get in touch as it would be so good to talk about the old days. Blimey last time i saw you i think i was about 8 so please mail meFebruary 6, 2013 Malcolm Powell
Keith did you get my email i sent you, let me know as i have not heard from you.February 21, 2013 johnwfc
hi malcolm and keith do any of you remember the Dormers who lived at 29 Tower Hill?March 28, 2013 Erica Hanson
My mum and I came through Chipperfield yesterday looking for Bucks Hill. Mum lived above the post office in Bucks Hill in 1945 after she had been evacuated as a child during the war. We couldn’t find anything she remembered in Bucks Hill. Does anyone know if there are any books or archives available where we could find out anything about Bucks Hill in 1945 please?June 6, 2013 Damian Atkinson
I’m editing the letters of Katharine Tynan Hinkson (1859-1931) who moved into a newly-built house in Chipperfield on 7 June 1907 which she later called Greenhurst. The Hinksons were there for three years and added a couple of rooms. Can anyone identify the house? I should love a photograph if possible.June 19, 2013 Ian Loosely
Hi Kieth Scott, I went to the same school in chips,thought you might like to see some old names. Kath Baldwin.Linda Singleton,Malcolm&Carol,Chris Timberlake,Alan Gurney,Robin Burgess,Sonja Aldridge. D.Birkham, my name then was Ian Stewart, now Loosely. Hope this helps.January 13, 2014 Craig Elliott
Hello. has anyone who has conducted any historical research in to the village come across the surnam Elliott /Elliot’ Eliot? I have some Victorian photos of ancestors standing outside what we are told was the Boot public house,,,,,, any info no matter how small would be great thanks..February 17, 2014 John Hudson
Hello, I have just had a visit from my 1st cousin from England. Our parents were from Chipperfield and our grandfather Frederick James Hudson was the Headmaster of the Chipperfield National School from 1903 to 1923. I have a hand made book in lovely copperplate writing presented to him on his retirement recording all the villagers names as recognition of his work in the village. My dad who was born in 1903 left England at the age of 20 and told us many stories of the village ,the manor, the pond and the “12 apostle” oak trees around the pond including the judas tree that never grew properly.March 2, 2014 June Reynolds Wood
I am an American, who lived at Old Oak across from the Common for 2 years, when my father was working for a section of NATO and whose office was in London. I attended the American High School at Bushey Hall. We moved to Germany from England in 1965, and I have returned to the village once since then, when on a trip through England, Scotland and Wales with my-now family. My parents, Emmett and Betty Reynolds, are both deceased, as I imagine are many of their English friends from the village. It was an idyllic place to live, and my only “country” life. Such a beautiful village!March 18, 2014