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St Peter's Church, Holwell
Holwell is located in Hertfordshire
Location within Hertfordshire
Population361 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL165333
Civil parish
  • Holwell
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHitchin
Postcode districtSG5
Dialling code01462
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°59′10″N 0°18′18″W / 51.98623°N 0.30493°W / 51.98623; -0.30493Coordinates: 51°59′10″N 0°18′18″W / 51.98623°N 0.30493°W / 51.98623; -0.30493

Holwell is a small village and a civil parish two miles north of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England, near the Bedfordshire border.[2][3] The parish was historically part of Bedfordshire, being transferred to Hertfordshire on 30 September 1897.[4] At the 2011 Census the population of the village was 361.[1]

Window in St Peter's church, Holwell depicting St Albans Cathedral
Window in St Peter's church, Holwell depicting St Albans Cathedral

The church is unusual and, although largely rebuilt, retains some Perpendicular features and an interesting brass to Richard Wodehouse. The school, almshouses, and rectory are all in a similar Tudor style erected in the 1830s, but are no longer in use and have been converted into housing. Fragments of early wall paintings and wooden mullioned windows have been discovered in the mediaeval timber-framed Church Farmhouse.

It is not to be confused with Holwell Court, near Essendon, also in Hertfordshire, or "Hole-well"; the fictional well in which 'wholesome' children would fall as described in the brothers' Grimm Fairy Tales.


  1. ^ a b "Holwell Parish". NOMIS. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 166 Luton & Hertford (Hitchin & St Albans) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319232095.
  3. ^ "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. ^ London Gazette, 3 September 1897, page 4946,"The County of Hertford (Holwell, &c.) Order, 1897, which was confirmed by The Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 10) Act, 1897, and will take effect on 30th September next…"

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