On this site you will find the latest copies of Parish Council minutes as well as correspondence on issues affecting the village, a calendar of future council meetings and more. To navigate to different pages please click on the tabs above.

At our most recent Ofsted inspection we were graded as outstanding in all areas!

Pirton is a small village and civil parish three miles north-west of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England. The church, rebuilt in 1877, but with the remains of its 12th-century tower, is built within the bailey of a former castle. Pirton Grange, which was remodelled in the 18th century, is in the north of the parish, and is a particularly interesting, moated Elizabethan house with a timber framed gatehouse. Hammonds Farm and Rectory Farm, with its tithe barn, are also Elizabethan.

This site may be of interest to family historians, genealogists and local historians.

At our most recent OFSTED inspection in November 2011 we were graded as outstanding in all areas. We believe that this puts us in the top 10% of pre-schools in the country. To read the full report please visit the OFSTED website or contact Pre-School for a copy.



At The Motte & Bailey we pride ourselves in delivering a great customer experience with our home cooked food and Fine Ales.

We are a friendly family pub in the heart of Pirton, a beautiful little village in Hertfordshire. Our pub is on many of the beautiful walks and cycle routes in the area, why not book your table in advance so we have it reserved for you when you've finished your journey



Warning: Though due care has been taken to accurately transcribe entries into the database, no liability is implied or accepted by the transcribers for any errors or omissions. This database is intended only as a guide, the user should check relevant entries at source.


Pirton Local History Group was formed in 1984 specifically to research and record the history of Pirton in Hertfordshire.

We know how important it is to parents and children to find the right pre-school.  We want your child to look forward to coming to pre-school each day and to enjoy their time in our care.

If you would like to be included on the parish email circulation list for regular updates concerning the village, please register with us here: Register for Emails.


It first appeared in official records in the Domesday Book in 1086AD within the hundred of Hitchin.[1] Pirton was then known as Peritone (meaning 'Homestead of Pears')[2]



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Having an interest in music we often put together nights promoting our local talent. If you are, or know anyone who is, in a band/solo group and wishes to play at our pub please contact us.


The working group has been transcribing documents and saving them in electronic format for several years and for the last two years developing an on-line relational database.


Pirton is very accessible as it sits on the edge of Hitchin, just a ten minute drive from the train station which connects directly to London. There is also a bus service that runs from Hitchin to Pirton, via Holwell, and stops outside The Motte & Bailey. 


The village is off the B655 between Hitchin and Barton-le-Clay. Hitchin station – on the mainline from Kings Cross – is just 15 minutes away by taxi. The 89 bus to Pirton leaves from Bancroft, Hitchin (details from 0870 60826081 or Links page this site) and for those with a SatNav SG5 3PS will get you to the centre of the village.

The Icknield Way Path passes through the village on its 110 mile journey from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk. The Icknield Way Trail, a multi-user route for walkers, horse riders and off-road cyclists also passes through the village.


If you have a special occasion coming up our pub is here for you. We have a very large bottom bar which can accommodate up to 80 people  for  birthday parties, engagement parties, wakes or weddings. You can rent this area...for free! 

Our Pre-School is located in the heart of the village of Pirton which was voted North Herts Village of the Year 2011.


At Pirton Pre-school we aim to provide a safe, happy and exciting environment where each child feels valued and is given the opportunity to reach their full potential with close support from our friendly, dedicated team of staff.



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The pub has a pretty  garden, overlooking the green, and is very dog friendly as well as a seperate, enclosed family garden with swings and a climbing frame to the rear. It also has a large car park.