Parish church of St John the Baptist, Great Amwell
Location within Hertfordshire
Population2,353 (2011 Census. Great Amwell Parish)[1]
OS grid referenceTL365125
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWARE
Postcode districtSG12
Dialling code01920
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
51°47′38″N 0°00′50″W / 51.794°N 0.014°W / 51.794; -0.014Coordinates: 51°47′38″N 0°00′50″W / 51.794°N 0.014°W / 51.794; -0.014

Amwell (Great and Little) is a village in the county of Hertfordshire, England. It is 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 a medieval building dedicated to St John the Baptist.[2] 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.

Since the 17th century New River has run through the village. 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.

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


The village has no railway station, the nearest being Ware or St Margarets both of which are on the Hertford East branch line which passes through the parish. There are a few bus routes, these are:

Notable people

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.

See also


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  2. ^ "St John the Baptist (Great Amwell)".
  3. ^ "Arriva Bus Timetable". Route 310 Timetable. Arriva. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Arriva Bus Timetable". Route 311 Timetable. Arriva. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Intalink Bus Timetable". Route 351 Timetable. Intalink. Retrieved 8 February 2010.

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