About Cottered

Cottered is a small, ancient village with a big, modern heart. We are a thriving community of people of all age groups, with a peaceful rural existence which is enlivened by the benefits of modern technology. Our homes range from beautiful 15th century thatched cottages to stylish modern dwellings. Situated on the A507, it gives great access to both Luton and Stanstead ariports, as well as to the A1(M) and M11 motorways and broadens our horizons beyond our modest boundaries. Stevenage main-line high speed rail link to London or Peteborough and the North is only 20 minutes away.



The village of Cottered is believed to date from Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book along with Throcking and Broadfield, that together currently make up the present parish of over 3,000 acres. In early times Cottered became divided into two Manors – Cheynes and Cottered Lordship. In time the Manor of Broadfield was combined with the latter, but Throcking retained its own manor until more recent times. Each of these parishes once had its own church, but Broadfield's was destroyed by fire in the mid-15th century.

Two Roman roads border the village: Ermine Street marks the eastern boundary and Stane Street the western one. Most of the old village dwellings are timber-framed and at least 30 are still kept warm and dry by picturesque thatched roofs.

The old manor house The Lordship, dates from the 15th century and still retains part of its moat. The house was in recent times the home for some years of Major Gwilym Lloyd-George, the respected Prime Minister's son who himself became Home Secretary.

For centuries a good living was obtained from the land and, as in many country areas, this provided plenty of work for the many farm labourers. Now some residents work outside the parish in nearby towns or commute to London and bringing a broader perspective to Cottered's small community. But with the coming of Broadband telecommunications many businesses are now run from homes in the village, ensuring the spirit of Cottered remains vibrant.

Nearby attractions

  • Cromer Windmill

  • Church Farm in Ardeley

  • Stotfold Watermill & Nature Reserve

  • Standalone Farm, Letchworth

  • British Schools Museum, Hitchin

  • Hitchin Lavender

  • Broadway Cinema, Letchworth

  • Letchworth Outdoor Pool (Summer only)

  • Avenue Park Splash Pad (Summer only)

  • Stevenage Leisure Centre, including a cinema, bowling and various restaurants