Welcome to Bengeo Rural Parish Council’s new website. This site is new and is undergoing development so if you could bear with us during this time whilst we work to fine tune some details.
The parish of Bengeo Rural lies on raised ground between the River Beane to the West and the River Rib to the South. It stretches north east from the outskirts of Hertford to Tonwell and the A602. It is undulating arable farm land interspersed with new and ancient small woods.
There are three locations with Tonwell in the north which is a traditional village (105 houses) with a pub, village hall and a C of E primary school, Tonwell St Mary’s. Crouchfields, to the South East, is a private estate of 135 houses and flats. In between these is the small attractive hamlet of Chapmore End (25 houses), with its pond, pub and restaurant. There are also outlying pockets of houses at Rickneys, Stonyhills and Chelsing.
A main attraction for people to live here and for visitors, is the abundance of Rights of Ways with the network stretching out into other parishes such as Stapleford and Sacombe. Some of the Rights of Way (including a newly dedicated one) are on the restored land following gravel extraction at the Rickneys quarry. These link across the Sacombe road to the west onto the Nature reserve of Waterford Heath, and then to Waterford Common and other routes to the North and west.
Bengeo Rural lies on a thick seam of gravel. Gravel extraction has taken place at the Rickneys quarry for about 80 years ago. Although currently dormant, it can be expected that further extraction will take place in the furture.
Copies of the Bengeo Rural Parish Map and its Rights of Way may be purchased on request to the clerk of Bengeo Rural Parish Council.
Limited information is currently available whilst the site is under development, for further information please contact the Parish Clerk
07786 918 650