The quaint Herts village that should really be in Buckinghamshire

It’s easy to think that Hertfordshire stops somewhere around Berkhamsted when the Chilterns soon become a blurry mix of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Of course, there are so many beautiful villages in Hertfordshire so you might never really think about what happens on the outer edges of our county.

There’s no village further off to one side than Long Marston, which is surrounded in all four directions by Buckinghamshire.

The county boundaries just about snake through from Tring to include the village, and we’re definitely going to take credit for it.

Long Marston historically was seen as an extension of Tring and within the Berkhamsted Union or parishes.

That explains why as towns have grown around the village, it proudly remains a part of Hertfordshire.

According to Hertfordshire Genealogy, the hamlet was waste ground at the time of the Domesday Book in 1085, but then grew into a much prettier place to live including its own church.

Since 1894, Wilstone and Long Marston joined to become the civil parish of Tring Rural.

It also has some unique history, and it’s thought to be where Ruth Osborn, the final accused witch in the UK was drowned, before they then went to the Half Moon in Wilstone.

The Queens Head is the last pub remaining in the village
The Queens Head is the last pub remaining in the village
(Image: Google Maps)

During the Second World War, an airfield was built on farmland bordering Long Marston, Cheddington and Mansworth which was operated by both the RAF and US Army Air Force.

Its location meant Tring was hit by a number of bombs during the war, although not significantly damaged – although in Long Marston a bomb destroyed a school and is thought to have killed a teacher.

According to Tring Local History, Long Marston had air-raid shelters built on Tring Road and Station Road because of the risk of being hit.

Today, that primary school has been rebuilt as Long Marston JMI.

There’s also just one pub remaining, the Queen’s Head right in the centre of the village.

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It also boasts a cricket club, tennis club and community centre, so everything that a quaint country village needs.

However, if you pick to live somewhere so quiet and so small, there are some downsides – including the fact there aren’t any shops, so you’d have to get used to nipping to the next town.

However, that doesn’t dissuade buyers from moving to the town for a taste of the country.

The average house price is £500,000 according to Zoopla, so the drive to pick up essentials doesn’t put many people off.

For those of us who can’t afford such a move, it’s an ideal stopping point on a walk between the villages of Bucks and Herts, and it has its own caravan site too if you want to spend the night.

HertsLive – Hemel Hempstead