Boxmoor is a village near Hemel Hempstead which has its own distinct identity and character. While larger town amenities are located about half a mile to the east, St. John’s Road offers a good selection of local independent retailers including a pharmacy, post office, off licence and florist. There are several local public houses and cafés including the Fishery Inn and Fishery Wharf café which overlook the canal. Boxmoor enjoys excellent access to the national road network (A41) and is served by regular public buses and mainline rail services to London Euston (under 30 mins).
Boxmoor derives its name from the Box tree which is linked with ‘mor’, signifying a marsh. The ancient meadowlands are still a feature of the locality and today are under the stewardship of the Box Moor Trust (Est.1594). There are many wonderful walks across the meadowlands, along the Grand Union Canal and the Bulbourne river, and beyond into the delightful Chiltern countryside.
St. Mary’s Place is built within the grounds of the early C19th Grade II listed Green End House. From 1960 until Ash Mill’s recent purchase, the property had been owned by the Saint Rose of Lima Association, a Roman Catholic teaching order. In the same year, St Rose’s Infant School was built by the Catholic order and staff accommodation was provided within an extended Green End House. This subsequently became known locally as St. Mary’s Dominican Convent.
The 1960s extensions and alterations have been removed from Green End House to make way for twenty generously proportioned energy efficient homes built in a traditional style. St. Mary’s Place is just a few minutes’ walk to the nearby St. John’s Road shops and the station is reached comfortably within a ten minute walk over the Grand Union Canal. The properties are set around two attractively landscaped courtyards and there is an estate office and residents’ room providing a focal point for the social life of St. Mary’s Place. Each home has its own secure private garage and overlooks landscaped gardens.