Archaeological survey will be carried out at site of former school in search of historical artefacts

Exterior, Martindale School, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead
Exterior, Martindale School, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead
  • Detailed archaeological survey will be carried out at former school site in search for historical remains
  • Martindale School was closed in 2008 when pupil numbers were falling
  • Planning permission has been granted to build up to 43 homes on the site

A former school site will be inspected for any signs of archaeological significance before work gets underway to build homes there.

Martindale School in Boxted Road, Hemel Hempstead, was controversially closed in 2008 following a review of demand for school places by Herts County Council.

18-1-11. Exterior, Martindale School, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead. ENGPNL00120110118163725

18-1-11. Exterior, Martindale School, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead. ENGPNL00120110118163725

Last month the county council was granted permission to build up to 43 homes on the land.

An initial archaeological survey indicated that the eastern part of the site has a ‘moderate to high’ potential for Post-Medieval remains.

But the report goes on to say: “Any remains, if present, are unlikely to be more than of local archaeological interest.”

Spokesman for Herts County Council Andrew Dawson said: “An initial survey did not identify any features of probable archaeological origin, and the county archaeologist’s initial assessment is that it seems unlikely that there will be heritage assets of such a scale as to significantly impact on the development of the site. However, a thorough field evaluation will be carried out as a condition of the planning permission.

The findings of this survey will be recorded and analysed before any building work takes place to ensure that full consideration is given to any potential heritage issues.

HCC spokesman Andrew Dawson

“The findings of this survey will be recorded and analysed before any building work takes place to ensure that full consideration is given to any potential heritage issues.”

Exterior, Martindale School, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead

Exterior, Martindale School, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead