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Much Hadham is a village in east Hertfordshiremarker, Englandmarker, formerly known as Great Hadham. It is situated on the B1004 road, midway between Waremarker and Bishop's Stortfordmarker.

The parish contains the settlements of Much Hadham (population 1147), Dane Bridge Lane (population 23), Green Tye (population 200), Kettle Green (population 31), Perry Green (population 175) and South-end (population 75).

The village is stretched along the mile long length of its main street (High Street, Tower Hill and Widford Road). Few retail outlets remain apart from two public houses, a small supermarket with a post office, a hairdresser, two garages and a nursery. Recently the radio shop next to the Red Lion closed, though 'Much Hadham Radio Ltd' is still operating. In the High Street, residential house names show former commercial or public use, eg, "Old Bakery", "Collarmaker's House" and "The Forge" Museum. The village was served by a station on the Buntingfordmarker branch line, but this closed in 1964, as part of a wider review of rail services.

There is a Church of England maintained primary school and two churches - the parish church and a Congregational church. Much Hadham's parish church, built largely between 1225 and 1450, is notable for being shared between the St. Andrew’s Church of England (Anglican) congregation and the Holy Cross Roman Catholic congregation. The entrance to the church is adorned with two sculptures by Henry Moore, who was also a resident in the village until his death in 1986. Other celebrity residents have included Bob Monkhouse, The Pet Shop Boys, Chas & Dave and Bob Carolgees.

Adjacent to the church, is a palace that had been the country home of the Bishops of London for 800 years. It may be that the Tudor dynasty began here, for Henry V's widow, Catherine of Valois, (Shakespeare's Katharine) gave birth here (or at similarly named Hadham in Bedfordshire) to Edmund Tudor, whose son Harry won the throne on Bosworth Fieldmarker.

Former Red Lion public house, Much Hadham
The Red Lion coaching inn, now converted into private houses, has existed in the village since the fifteenth century. It was a stopping point on the old road from Londonmarker to Cambridgemarker. Legend has it that a tunnel connected the pub to St. Andrew's, possibly built during the time of Oliver Cromwell to serve as an escape route for the clergy. The skeleton of an eighteen-year-old woman was discovered bricked up in a fireplace in the inn. It is thought she died after being incarcerated, some time during the nineteenth century.

The Henry Moore Foundationmarker can be found in the nearby hamlet of Perry Green. It was the victim of a theft in December 2005 when one of the statues on display was stolen from the site by opportunistic thieves.

The village has an active sports association which includes Much Hadham Football Club and Hadham Villa Football Club.

Much Hadham Cricket Club (founded in 1889) withdrew from the Herts & Essex League in 2007 and no longer exists. Sawbridgeworth Cricket club have used the cricket facilities since then.


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