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  • St Johns School
  • Lemsford Mill
  • Brocket Hall
  • The Sun Inn
  • Long & Short
  • Crooked Chimney
  • Waggoners
  • Lemsford WW1
  • Lemsford Springs
  • Lemsford Village
  • Cromer Hyde
  • Stanborough
  • Bridge House
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The Crooked Chimney (Chequers)

The building was formerly Hornbeam Hall farmhouse and through the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was owned by the Bassil family at Cromer Hyde. It is thought to have become a pub in 1756 whilst still being used as a farmhouse. Circa 1780 it was owned by the Searancke family of brewers (who had been brewing in Hertfordshire since the sixteenth century) .and became known as the ‘Chequers’ . From 1815 it was taken over by the Hatfield Brewery . Before 1830 there was a draper’s shop attached to the house and many of the old farm buildings remained. Circa 1860 Thomas Woodward was the publican (and also local wheelwright) .Click Here

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Below is a table listing the above images by name, location, date and if known who donated the image. Table order matches order images are scrolled above, or to see image click on date. If you have any images you want to share with the group contact us via email to

Title of Image above Location of Image Date Donator of Image
Crooked Chimney Cromer Hyde 1910 Hatfield Library
Crooked Chimney Cromer Hyde 1954 Unknown
Crooked Chimney Lemsford Village. The Smith Family 1956 Unknown
Crooked Chimney Cromer Hyde unknown Unknown
Crooked Chimney Cromer Hyde 1954 Janice Darton
Crooked Chimney Cromer Hyde 2004 Mary de Soyres
Crooked Chimney Cromer Hyde 2008 Andy Chapman