Amwell, Hertfordshire

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    parish church of st john the baptist, great amwell
    amwell is located in hertfordshire
    amwell
    amwell
    location within hertfordshire
    population2,353 (2011 census. great amwell parish)[1]
    tl365125
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    • east hertfordshire
    shire county
    • hertfordshire
    region
    • east
    countryengland
    sovereign stateunited kingdom
    post townware
    postcode districtsg12
    dialling code01920
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    amwell (great and little) is a village in the county of hertfordshire, england. it is located 1 12 miles (2.4 km) southeast of ware and about 20 miles (32 km) north of london. great amwell is also the name of the civil parish within east hertfordshire district.

    the anglican church is dedicated to st john the baptist. the east india college was founded here in 1806, for the education of young men intended for the civil service of the east india company in india. it is now a public school, haileybury college.

    the new river runs through the village.

    on a hill above the church is an ancient mound, the remains of a fortification; and to the west, on the road to hertford, is a large tumulus.

    great amwell has been the residence of some celebrated literary characters, among whom are:

    • izaak walton, (1593–1683) the noted angler.
    • john scott of amwell, (1730–83), author of several poems and tracts, who built a grotto containing several apartments, which still exists.
    • john hoole, (1727–1803), the distinguished translator of tasso, and biographer of john scott of amwell.
    • rev robert scott mylne frse fssa fsa (1854-1920) antiquarian, vicar of amwell (buried in the mylne vault there)

    others buried in amwell include:

    • william warner, (1558?-1609), the poet and historian;
    • alexander small (1710-1794) scottish surgeon and frequent correspondent of benjamin franklin;
    • harold abrahams in 1978, the olympian who was depicted in chariots of fire.

    richard warren (d. 1628), a passenger on the mayflower in 1620, who settled in plymouth colony and co-signed the mayflower compact, was married on 14 april 1610 at great amwell to elizabeth walker, daughter of augustine walker. richard and elizabeth are the ancestors of two u.s. presidents, ulysses s. grant and franklin delano roosevelt.

    a hamlet called amwell also exists a mile south west of wheathampstead, also in hertfordshire.

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Amwell
St John the Baptist, Great Amwell, Herts - geograph.org.uk - 348894.jpg
Parish church of St John the Baptist, Great Amwell
Amwell is located in Hertfordshire
Amwell
Amwell
Location within Hertfordshire
Population2,353 (2011 Census. Great Amwell Parish)[1]
TL365125
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWARE
Postcode districtSG12
Dialling code01920
PoliceHertfordshire
FireHertfordshire
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
UK
England
Hertfordshire
51°47′40″N 0°00′45″W / 51°47′40″N 0°00′45″W / 51.794520; -0.012517

Amwell (Great and Little) is a village in the county of Hertfordshire, England. It is located 1 12 miles (2.4 km) southeast of Ware and about 20 miles (32 km) north of London. Great Amwell is also the name of the civil parish within East Hertfordshire district.

The Anglican church is dedicated to St John the Baptist. The East India College was founded here in 1806, for the education of young men intended for the civil service of the East India Company in India. It is now a public school, Haileybury College.

The New River runs through the village.

On a hill above the church is an ancient mound, the remains of a fortification; and to the west, on the road to Hertford, is a large tumulus.

Great Amwell has been the residence of some celebrated literary characters, among whom are:

Others buried in Amwell include:

Richard Warren (d. 1628), a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620, who settled in Plymouth Colony and co-signed the Mayflower Compact, was married on 14 April 1610 at Great Amwell to Elizabeth Walker, daughter of Augustine Walker. Richard and Elizabeth are the ancestors of two U.S. Presidents, Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

A hamlet called Amwell also exists a mile south west of Wheathampstead, also in Hertfordshire.