St Nicholas' Hall
and St Andrew's School

 

St Nicholas’ Hall (now Beckwiths)

 

In 1887, to celebrate their 250th anniversary, grateful townsfolk of Hartford, Connecticut, sent a gift of £115.11s to St Andrew’s as thanks for information supplied about their ancestors who left Hertford for the New World in 1637. Further fundraising enabled them to purchase the site of St Nicholas’ Hall, with the cottages in front, from the Marquess of Salisbury. The hall was officially opened on Wednesday,April 5th 1893. The architect was Edgar T. Wigram ARIBA of LupusStreet, London SW, and the builders were Messrs Ginn & Son of Hertford. In November 1900 the new Verger, Mr Cheshire, took up residence in the part of the renovated cottages at the front of St Nicholas’ Hall. It was sold to Beckwith’s in 1970.

 

St Andrew's School

 

The school started in an old tithe barn adjacent to the Eastern end of the church in about 1845. The barn was demolished in 1863 and eleven years later an Infant School was built on the Hertingfordbury Road/Warehams Lane corner. A Junior School was added in 1882, but the site is now, sadly, under Gascoyne Way. It continued to serve the town until 1962 when the last phase of a new building was completed for St Andrew's C of E. Primary School at Calton Avenue, Sele Farm.

 
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