Ver flows south east and south
Post to the north St. Albans
Post to the south Hedges Farm
Church of England. Built in the 1950s to serve the local estate.
Albans Christadelphians. This dates from 1952
Hotel. The earliest reference to Sopwell House is in 1603, where it is referred
to as newly built for Richard Sadlier. In 1670 the house was bought by Sir
Harbottle Grimston, Earl of Verulam, owner of the adjacent Gorhambury estate. In
1901 it was leased by Lord Mountbatten as his family home. It is a manor house
now largely of 19th appearance. It is however an early 18th manor house built round
an earlier building which is not now visible.
Archway. This is the entrance to Sopwell House. There is a tall round arch flanked by single storey lodges and cast iron gates. It is 19th and might have been designed by Humphrey Repton.
Barnes Mill. This was one of a number of mills on
the River Ver which belonged to St Albans Abbey. Originally named Cowley or
Sopwell Mill in the 12th, it passed to Sir Richard Lee in the 16th
after the dissolution of the monasteries. It remained in use as a flour mill until
the Second World War. It is also known as Cowley Mill or Sopwell Mill but the present
buildings date from a reconstruction in
the 1890s when it was a corn mill. It worked as a roller mill until 1957 and
for a while was an engineering works. It is now a business centre,
Barn and attached
stable on the east side of Sopwell Home Farm. It is probably 18h and is a three-bay barn and lower stable
which was probably once a cow house
Barn in use as a retail unit. This is 17th
timber framed and weather boarded.
The Marlborough Club and Pavilion. This is a sports facility
used by the Sopwell Residents Association.
Sopwell Home Farm. With a 19th farmhouse which
is now used as part of the hotel.
Dhobi Lodge. 19th estate building
Laundry Cottage. 19th estate building
Bridge over the Ver is probably 18th with
curved brick parapets. The wall to the millstream is late 19th Luton
Listed Buildings. Web site
Heritage. Web site
House Hotel. Web site
Albans Churches. Web site
City Council. Web site