The Common, located in the centre of Redbourn, is owned and managed by Redbourn Parish Council as an area of species rich semi-natural grassland. This habitat is managed in a way to ensure the survival of a diverse range of animals and plants.
Informal recreation and walking are the principal uses of the common. The common hosts a cricket ground and an enclosed children’s playground. The common used to be a 9 hole golf course in the early 1900’s and during the First World War it was used as a rifle range. A war memorial is located at one end of the common.
Redbourn Cricket Club was formed about 1823, but records show organised cricket was played on the Common some eighty years earlier. Some Hertfordshire County histories record cricket being played on the Common in 1666 which makes the Common one of the oldest recorded cricketing locations in England. (Wikipedia)
An avenue of lime trees marks an ancient track which crosses the Common. There is also a wildflower meadow area which is managed in such a way as to encourage wild flowers including harebells.
The Moor is located in the wettest area of the Common and in former times was a lake which formed the winter skating pond. The little river through the Moor is locally called the “Red” and is home to interesting waterfowl and water plants. The area contains a number of mature willow trees.
In medieval times, the Common contained two large mounds, the “Mounds of the Banners” which were probably Saxon graves from the 8th century. In 1178 these were excavated in the belief that they were the grave of St Amphibalus, the priest who converted St Alban, and some of the recovered bones transported with great ceremony to the Abbey.
A car park is available on the Common and there is a pub near the car park.
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