Clerk to the Parish Council: Mrs Katrina Bond Tel: 01442 834962
This composite parish extends across the high tract of land which separates the Gade and Bulbourne river valleys. The joint Parish Council for Nettleden with Potten End administers under Dacorum Borough Council.
Potten End is located in the Chiltern Hills, two miles east-north-east of Berkhamsted, three miles north west of Hemel Hempstead and two miles south east of the National Trust estate of Ashridge. It sits on the higher slopes above Berkhamsted and is a pretty village with a pond on the Green. Whilst it is close enough to both Berkhamsted and the western extremity of Hemel Hempstead for convenience, it is far enough distant to preserve its own special character and way of life.
The village name derives from the earlier form ‘Pottern’ which refers to a place where pots and pottery were made. ‘End’ is an old term common in Hertfordshire defining any outlying settlement in a far corner of a parish or manor and a 10-metre wide section of Grims’s Dyke, the ancient boundary bank-and-ditch earthwork of Iron Age or Saxon origin, is clearly visible nearby.
At the centre of the village there is a Green and a pond. The village largely comprises residential properties, together with Holy Trinity Church; a primary/junior school Potten End First School; a village shop; and two public houses, Martins Pond and The Plough. A number of small businesses are also based in the village. Recreational facilities include allotments, cricket and football fields, bowls club and a children’s grassed play area. A Village Hall provides community use for a wide variety of regular and special events.
Nettleden retains its early century charm, with only a cluster of cottages around the 19th century church. The former vicarage, now Nettleden House, gives the appearance of being a Tudor house consistent with the design favoured by the former landowner, the late Earl Brownlow. It was, in fact, built as recently as 1956. The Alford Arms is a well known local public house and restaurant.