All Saints' Church
Datchworth is located in Hertfordshire
Location within Hertfordshire
Population1,524 (2011 Census)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSG3
Dialling code01438
UK Parliament
List of places
51°51′27″N 0°09′35″W / 51.857503°N 0.159784°W / 51.857503; -0.159784

Datchworth is a village and civil parish between the towns of Hertford, Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City in the county of Hertfordshire, England. Sited on the Roman road from St Albans to Puckeridge, the village has examples of Saxon clearings in several locations. Datchworth has a village green where there are two pubs (The Plough and The Tilbury) and a sports club. In the 2001 Census the population was 1,065, increasing to 1,524 at the 2011 Census.[1]


The name Datchworth is thought to originate from a Saxon lord called Daecca[2] (pronounced Datcher), who settled here around the year 700 AD.[citation needed] 'Worth' comes hig, which means enclosure.[3]


The arrival of the Normans gave Datchworth a written record in the Domesday Book. This included an account of the occupants and land values in the 11th century.

Standing at the eastern side of Datchworth Green is the whipping post. Its last recorded use was on 27 July 1665 when two 'vagabonds' were publicly flogged. Stocks stood near the post too, but there is no trace of them now. The stocks are thought to have been removed in 1899, however, there are stocks located close to All Saints' Church.

During the Second World War the last enemy-action incident of any kind on British soil occurred at 09:00 on 29 March 1945 when a V-1 flying bomb struck a nearby field in Woolmer Green [4] Another landed at Iwade in Kent, an hour later, after being hit by anti-aircraft fire.

The Datchworth Museum contains a collection of local artefacts. Located in a former smithy, the museum operates a limited opening schedule, being accessible from 2.00 p:m until 4.30 p:m on the third Sunday of every month.[5] In 2022, the museum recorded a total of 30 visitors, making it the second least-visited tourist attraction in England.[a][7]

Notable people


  1. ^ The museum's total of 30 visitors placed it equal second-to-lowest in the VisitEngland 2022 annual survey. It shared this position with the museum of the Huddersfield Astronomical Society in West Yorkshire. The attraction with the lowest number of visitors in 2022, 20 in total, was the Diseworth Heritage Centre in Leicestershire.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  2. ^ Mills, A. D. (1998). Dictionary of English Place-Names (Second ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 109.
  3. ^ Harbeck, James. "Why does Britain have such bizarre place names?". www.bbc.com. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  4. ^ King, Benjamin; Timothy Kutta (2003). Impact: The History of Germany's V-Weapons in World War II. Da Capo Press. p. 309. ISBN 0-306-81292-4.
  5. ^ "Datchworth Museum". Datchworth Parish Council. Retrieved 19 May 2024.
  6. ^ "England visitor attractions annual survey". VisitEngland. 12 July 2023. Retrieved 19 May 2024.
  7. ^ "England visitor attractions annual survey". VisitEngland. 12 July 2023. Retrieved 19 May 2024.
  8. ^ Nick Willoughby. "Business is 'fantastic': Hertfordshire couple relaunch village pub - Business". The Comet. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  9. ^ Dave Burke. "Hertfordshire film critic Barry Norman in storm over Robin Williams tribute - Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield News - Welwyn Hatfield Times". Whtimes.co.uk. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  10. ^ Nick McGrath. "Barry Norman: My family values | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2017.