Map of Poynders End Farm and Cottages in nineteenth century
Detailed map of Poynders End Cottages and well
Tudor House, Poynders End in 2006
Poynders End is named after the Poydres family who owned land and property in the
area at the turn of the fourteenth century. There is a memorial brass in the north
aisle of St Ippollitts Church which reads, ‘Here lies Robert Poydres and Alicia his
The place name has been variously spelt - Pointers, Poynters, Poyters and the modern
spelling - Poynders End.
Poynders End is nearer Preston than Langley or St Pauls Walden and its inhabitants
invariably described themselves as being from ‘Poynders End, Preston’.
Although sharing the same place name, Poynders End farm and Poynders End cottages
were in different parishes and part of different estates in the nineteenth century.
Poynders End Farm was in Ippollitts parish. This ancient dwelling was extensively
renovated in the middle of the seventeenth century, after which it looked much as
it does today. In 1703 Poynders End was sold to John Joyner and four generations
of his family farmed there. It was then purchased for Hester Thrall - ‘the place
I earliest attached my silly heart to’. She was a ‘dazzling hostess’ and counted
Dr Samuel Johnson among her social circle. When she decided to build a new home at
Denbigh in 1792, she sold Poynders End to Joseph Darton and thereafter it was included
in the Temple Dinsley estate.
Residents of Poynders End in the nineteenth century
Link to article featuring the Seebohms of Poynders End: Seebohms
Poynders End Farm
and Jacks Hill
When Temple Dinsley was sold in 1873, the sale particulars stated that Poynders End
Farm included a bailiff’s house, a spacious homestead and 90 acres of ‘sound productive
stock land’, 71 acres of which were in Ippollitts parish. The annual rent was £137
Incidentally,the farm had a well which was 329 feet deep. The present-day house
at Poynders End is called ‘Tudor House’ (see above).
The four Poynders End cottages (aka Jacks Hill) were in the parish of Hitchin and
were part of the Hill End farm estate. They were semi-detached, built of red brick
and tiles and were the homes of farm labourers. The cottages had three rooms and
a scullery and ‘good gardens’. The residents even had their own well, which was 180
feet deep. Because the well was in the possession of another landowner, the tenants
of the two western cottages had to pay five shillings a year for the right to be
able to draw water.