Bricket Wood


Bricket Wood

infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 51.7097
longitude= -0.3586
official_name= Bricket Wood
population= 4,093
shire_district= St Albans
shire_county = Hertfordshire
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= St Albans
post_town= ST ALBANS
postcode_district = AL2
postcode_area= AL
dial_code= 01923
os_grid_reference= TL135025

Bricket Wood is a village in the county of Hertfordshire, England, approximately half a mile from St Albans. It is part of the parish of St Stephen. Its railway station is served by a Silverlink County service that runs between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction stations.

Close to the village stands Hanstead House, built by Sir David Yule in 1925, who is buried in the grounds. It was subsequently bought by Herbert W. Armstrong to serve as his second Ambassador College campus. It is now a training centre for HSBC.

Activities

Morris Dancing

The village is home to the border Morris Dancing team [http://www.wicketbrood.org.uk Wicket Brood] , one of the best known teams in the area.

Naturism

The village of Bricket Wood has been host to four naturist clubs: Spielplatz, Fiveacres Country Club, The Sun-Folk Society and Gardenia. Of these, Gardenia has now closed and been built on, but the other clubs are all still open.

The clubs have been there for many years. Spielplatz was founded in 1930, The Sun-Folk Society in 1931 and Fiveacres in the early 1930s.

Wicca

In 1954 Gerald Gardner published his book "Witchcraft Today" to advance his own practice of Wicca as a modern religion. He established his first coven at Bricket Wood. Gerald Gardner operated his coven from Fiveacre Country Club in Bricket Wood. [http://books.google.com/books?id=dqd8NptJIIAC&pg=PA20&lpg=PA20&dq=bricket+wood+coven&source=web&ots=vBgSpbGQlY&sig=DFvrUHt8ykYv7x-M7jeE_GdZy2E#PPA20,M1]

References

* [http://www.hertsdirect.org/infobase/docs/pdfstore/tabKS01sett.pdf Population figures (PDF)]


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