Maple Cross

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Maple Cross is a village in Hertfordshire straddling the modern M25.

Maple Cross is thought to be a contraction of Maypole Cross and the village was once a place where maypole dancing took place. The nearby village of Mill End is on record as having complained to the lord of the manor about the noise of the dancing in 1588. The village stands on the western edge of the River Colne flood plain with the river a third of a mile to the east. The village has no churches, historically it lacked the population to support one and its residents were part of the parish of St Thomas’s West Hyde a mile to the south.

Until the Second World War, Maple Cross consisted of an inn, a blacksmith’s shop and a few cottages. After WW2 it was intentionally developed as a dormitory for workers in the nearby towns and at the new sewage treatment plant by the river. Today there are around 800 postwar council houses with some of these have been sold into private ownership.

The ancient route known as Old Shire Lane runs in a north south direction at the summit of the rising high ground half a mile to the west. It is at least of Saxon age as it designated the boundary between the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia. Today it forms the boundary between the counties of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Parts of it take the form of a hollow way from centuries of use embedding the path into the earth.

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VIEW THE MAPLE CROSS AREA IN THE 1800s
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NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Aldbury Road, WD3 · Ashleys, WD3 · Basing Road, WD3 · Beauchamp Gardens, WD3 · Beechen Wood, WD3 · Beresford Road, WD3 · Berry Lane, WD3 · Bradbery, WD3 · Bradford Road, WD3 · Broughton Way, WD3 · Bullsland Gardens, WD3 · Bullsland Lane, WD3 · Burtons Lane, WD3 · Buttlehide, WD3 · Chalfont Road, SL9 · Cherry Tree Lane, WD3 · Chiltern Way, WD3 · Church Lane, WD3 · Clarkfield, WD3 · Colne Avenue, WD3 · Colne Mead, WD3 · Coombe Hill Road, WD3 · Coppermill Lane, WD3 · Cress End, WD3 · Curtis Close, WD3 · Denham Way, WD3 · Dove Park, WD3 · Downings Wood, WD3 · Eastwick Crescent, WD3 · Edinburgh Avenue, WD3 · Farm Road, WD3 · Fearney Mead, WD3 · Fotherley Road, WD3 · Franklins, WD3 · Furze View, WD3 · Green Street, WD3 · Grove Road, WD3 · Halifax Road, WD3 · Hall Close, WD3 · Heronsgate Road, WD3 · High View, WD3 · Home Way, WD3 · Hornhill Road, WD3 · Jordans Road, WD3 · Kenwood Drive, WD3 · Kings Farm Road, WD3 · Ladywalk, WD3 · Lawford Avenue, WD3 · Lawford Close, WD3 · Little Hill, WD3 · Long Croft Road, WD3 · Long Lane, WD3 · Longmore Close, WD3 · Maple Lodge Close, WD3 · Maxwell Close, WD3 · Middleton Road, WD3 · Mill Lane, WD3 · Mill Way, WD3 · Neild Way, WD3 · North Orbital Road, WD3 · Nottingham Road, WD3 · Oakfield, WD3 · Oakhill Close, WD3 · Oakhill Road, WD3 · Old Shire Lane, HP8 · Old Shire Lane, SL9 · Old Shire Lane, WD3 · Old Uxbridge Road, WD3 · Orchard Way, WD3 · Park Avenue, WD3 · Parkfield, WD3 · Penn Close, WD3 · Penn Road, WD3 · Piggy Lane, WD3 · Pinchfield, WD3 · Pollards, WD3 · Quickley Lane, WD3 · Quickley Rise, WD3 · Quickly Brow, WD3 · Quickwood Close, WD3 · Rendlesham Way, WD3 · Saint Peter’s Close, WD3 · Saint Peter’s Mews, WD3 · Shepherds Farm, WD3 · Shepherd’s Lane, WD3 · Shire Lane, WD3 · Springwell Avenue, WD3 · Stag Lane, WD3 · Stockport Road, WD3 · The Greenway, WD3 · The Queens Drive, WD3 · Thellusson Way, WD3 · Thompson Way, WD3 · Tichborne, WD3 · Tudor Parade, WD3 · Tudor Way, WD3 · Uxbridge Road, WD3 · Vine Tree Court, WD3 · Waterfield, WD3 · Whitfield Way, WD3 · Williamson Way, WD3 · Windermere Close, WD3 · Woodland Road, WD3 · Woodwicks, WD3 ·

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Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
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Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
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