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Pirton, Preston and Radwell

Pirton (population 1,217*)

Pirton is a picturesque village standing to the north of Hitchin. The church, rebuilt in 1877, but still with some remains of its 12th century tower, is built witinn the bailey of a former castle. Pirton Grange, which was remodelled in the 18th century in the north of the parish, is a particularly interesting, moated Elizabethan house with a timber framed gatehouse. Hammonds Farm and Rectory Farm, with its tithe barn, are also Elizabethan.

Preston (population 481*)

Preston, standing in wooded country south of Hitchin, is spread amongst winding lanes. The church is a modern building erected in 1900 with a steep roof and pebbledash exterior. Of particular note is Temple Dinsley, a Georgian House standing on the site of a preceptory of the Knights Templar, but since so much altered by Lutyens that it is now almost wholly his work.

Radwell (population 106*)

Immediately north of Baldock lies Radwell, a small village on the edge of the Hertfordshire boundary. Within the village Radwell Grange and Radwell House are of the 17th century, and the church although much restored, contains some interesting brasses and monuments and Jacobean communion rails.