Village cast iron water pump, dating from the early 19th century
Watton-at-Stone shown within Hertfordshire
2,272 (2011 Census including Whempstead)
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HertfordshireCoordinates: 51°51′29″N 0°06′47″W / 51.8580°N 0.1130°W / 51.8580; -0.1130
Watton-at-Stone is a village in the English county of Hertfordshire, situated midway between the towns of Stevenage and Hertford in the valley of the River Beane. The 2011 census showed a population of 2,272 living in 946 households. Watton-at-Stone is also a civil parish in East Hertfordshire District Council.
1 Village life
2.1 Archaeological finds
3 Famous residents
4 Alternative names
6 External links
There is little employment directly within the village and it largely serves as a dormitory for commuters to London or to the nearby towns with hourly trains to Moorgate station.
The village has a primary school and nursery school. The co-educational Heath Mount independent school is located on the outskirts in the private estate of the Grade II* listed Woodhall Park.
The A602 formerly ran through the centre of the village between Stevenage and Hertford before a bypass was built in the 1980s through farmland to the north-east. The section of the road to Hertford was renamed the A119, and the A602 then ran out of Watton-at-Stone to Ware. Watton-at-Stone is served by a railway station on the Hertford Loop Line. The station opened for passengers on 2 June 1924, was closed on 11 September 1939 (though the line continued to run through the village), and reopened on 17 May 1982, paid for partly by public subscription.
A war memorial lies in a field adjoining the church.
In the village itself there is a small convenience store, café and takeaway restaurant as well as a hairdressers.
The name Watton first appeared in writing in an 11th century publication of 10th century Anglo-Saxon wills as Wattu