Stanstead St. Margaret’s used to be an industrial village. There was a large area of glasshouses growing tomatoes, which were removed to make way for the bypass. There was a commercial farmyard supplying large lorryloads of straw and hay. A substantial builders yard with workshops and an engineering factory. A nursery growing flowers and plants, a coal yard with a barn where coaches could be made. A public house and a petrol station. All within Hoddesdon Road.
They have now all been replaced by houses in a conservation area between the two rivers, The Lea and the New River.
Pride of place is the St. Margaret’s church, a Grade II listed building and church yard with a selection of 19th Century tombstones in good condition. Next to that is the listed Manor House and barn. The garden wall to the Manor House and church yard is Grade II listed, as is the 18th Century ornamental gate with heraldic shield.
On the east side of the road is the listed Clock House formally a stable block, next to the listed farm house and converted barns. Although not listed buildings of merit are numbers 42-62, early 20th Century terrace of yellow stock brick with slate roofs and chimney pots. The bay windows are decoratively detailed behind cast iron railings.
The biggest problem in such areas is modern development. We have two areas known as The Granary and Sanville Gardens. East Herts Planning officers consider the general massing detailed design, use of material and landscaping has been carefully executed. Their pleasing appearance certainly warrants their retention within a conservation area to be proud of.
When the last election came around, due to a misunderstanding, nobody filled in an election paper so there was no election and no councillors.
I can now record my thanks to our Clerk, Jacky Flemming for her work behind the scenes to find enough volunteers to gradually build up a Stanstead St. Margaret’s Parish Council.
We have a village to be proud of and I look forward to working with our new councillors.
I take this opportunity to say thank you to our District Councillor, Mike Allen for his help at our meetings, answering many questions raised. I also thank PCSO Neil Major who provides updates on police and crime matters.
Finally, I thank Councillors, Roger Chapman, June and Mike Robinson, Clare Maynard, and Cathal Brennan for their time they give to help others in our village.
Councillor Nigel Copping
Chair of Stanstead St. Margaret’s Parish Council