Kingshill

The original structure of Kingshill, which later became known as Ernest Lindgren House (after a member of the British Film Institute), dates back to the 17th century.
(Scott Hastie, Illustrated History of Berkhamsted).

King’s Road leads to Kingshill…
“Formerly Bridewell Lane (named after Bridewell, or prison, on site of Police Station). Also called Cox Lane, and, in older documents, Cocks Lane. A document dated 1607 refers to ‘John Cocke’s tenement with a backside at Cockes lane end.’ This suggests a family name, but Cobb, in his ‘History of Berkhamsted,’ states that the name was ‘probably received from an old inn of the sign of the ‘Cock,’ which we find to have formerly existed in that part of the street.’ The modern name King’s Road was doubtless inspired by Kingshill.” (Beorcham, Berkhamsted Review, Mar 1953).

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Kingshill, 1968

Three cheers for Mrs Lucas!…
“The Butts Meadow, recently sold to Mr. Fisher, of Hemel Hempstead, to be cut up for building purposes, has been purchased by Mrs. Lionel Lucas, of Kingshill, for a recreation ground for Berkhampstead, which is very much needed. The Moor, which used to be available for recreational purposes to some extent, is covered with timber, and it is remarkable that a lady owning no land in the neighbourhood and only a resident, should have generously purchased an expensive site for the purposes of recreation.” (Bucks Herald, Aug 1886).

For sale…
“… the first portion of the Kingshill building estate, on the western side of the King’s-road. The land is the property of the Smith-Dorrien family, and is one of the finest sites in the neighbourhood. The auctioneer, in some opening remarks, said this was one of the most important sales that had been held there for a long time. Every one was speaking of the great progress Berkhampstead was making. There was the school, which under Mr. Fry was wonderfully developing. There was also the railway, which afforded such advantages as no town between there and Rugby had; the beautiful scenery and many other advantages. Berkhampstead was a good place to live in, it was a good social district, and it was gratifying to find Mr. Dorrien-Smith bringing his land into the market… this was a great opportunity. He had no doubt that the houses would be let before the roofs were on.” (Bucks Herald, Nov 1888).

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