Kind enough to speak to Hertfordshire Life on his 71st birthday was retired garage proprietor Dennis Thorp.

There is a very strong community in the village, and this reinforces that. And we want to keep it the way it is.

There is also a plaque of Sir James inside the church building, while a blue plaque was recently placed on a cottage in Baldock Road on the most westerly side of the village commemorating Yat-Sens brief stay there on a visit to his one-time saviour.

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Cottered is a thriving village community which is active and integrated in many diverse ways. With so much to offer, we welcome you to our beautiful corner of the Hertfordshire rural countryside.

Cottered also has a blue plaque to first president of the Republic of China Sun Yat-sen, who stayed at The Kennels, country home of James Cantlie.[3]

The battle between a small fighter biplane and a giant German airship bomber over the night skies of Hertfordshire 100 years ago this month ended with a first for the Allies and thrust a village and a pilot into the national consciousness. Michael Long describes the dramatic events of that September night

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The villages parish church is St John the Baptist, which is a Grade II listed building and, accompanied by some houses, is located on a triangular piece of land framed by the two main roads and Warren Lane.

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Cottered is a village and civil parish 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Buntingford and 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Baldock in the East Hertfordshire District of Hertfordshire in England. It has a population of 634.[1]

Home Read the story of Dr Sun’s Kidnap in 1896 – and its close links with The Kennels.

To the east of Cottered Village Hall the road veers off to the right as the A507 heads towards Buntingford.

Running next to a nunnery, then the home of one of Henry VIII’s military commanders, the river Ver at Sopwell Nunnery in St Albans is being looked after for the future.

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Were not a big village. We dont have problems with young children unlike a town, for example, but its good for people to know that they do have someone to turn to.

The hall itself is quite new, having been opened in 2001 to replace the previous facility which had been erected in 1957, and could be described as the very hub of social activity in the village.

Kenneth Cantlie, in his introduction to the 1969 edition of Sun Yat Sen’s ‘Kidnapped in London’.

It is a very good facility, said Bryan, who has been the councils chairman for eight years.

One person buried within the churchyard is Sir James Cantlie, a Scottish physician and pioneer of first aid who was hailed for rescuing his friend, the then future president of Chine, Sun Yat-Sen, from kidnap in London in 1896.

Its quite central to a lot of things that happen in the village, and clubs from outside the village hire it out as well.

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The Bull is that pub/restaurant, and it sits in the very heart of Cottered on Bull Lane. On the opposite road, a little to the east, is Cottered Village Hall which looks out onto the villages main playing fields.


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It is certainly a very grand building with some of the finances coming from a millennium fund and village donations. They, the residents, drove it through.

If you talk to people outside the village, they mention those beautiful playing fields, the greens and the excellent pub right in the middle of it.

Many sports groups are based there, and so are social functions, dances and plenty of other activities.

Adjacent to the hall, the road to Brook End with a name like that how can this be anything but an English village? has a slight lay-by which has a deep red coloured post box which stands next to a similarly coloured telephone box. Tradition remains here, and the village is all the better for it.

Take a walk down Cuffley’s historic Station Road to find village shops and services that are thriving in the 21st century

SET amid the rolling hills and fields of the north east of Hertfordshire lies Cottered, a charming village full of vitality and friendliness.

There are some beautiful thatched cottages within the village, but there are new builds too. The village looks picture perfect and the residents are proud of how it appears and they aim to keep it that way.

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Among those who have held the living of Cottered may be mentioned the Rev Anthony Trollope, who was grandfather of the authors Anthony Trollope and Thomas Adolphus Trollope. He was incumbent of Cottered for forty-four years and died in 1806.[2]

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The village is welcoming, has a close-knit feel about it and is proud of its community spirit and hard-working nature. It is also full of lush, green spaces and plenty of public footpaths, which gives Cottered a very active feel about it, as chairman of Cottered Parish Council, Bryan Pitman, says.

Dennis spent 45 years working on cars, but after downing his tools he now wears the cap of the local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator.

Just before the turning there is a side road, beside which sits the wonderfully clipped and terrifically manicured Magpie Farm, before the road rolls on for another mile to Cottereds close neighbour, Throcking.