The Hoops PH, 32 The Green aka Willow Dene & Green End


This house is the oldest surviving property on The Green and is believed to have been built in the late 1600s and originally was likely thatched. The single story extension on the east is probably slightly later. The house was erected on what was was originally common land and it is likely it encroached on the roadway that ran past on the east, which is long since reduced to a track or footpath. See The Green: Origins & Development.

This would have been a small farmstead with modest agricultural buildings. The availability of water from what was then a substantial stream fed from a spring on the Church Farm boundary to the west would have influenced the choice of site. Even as late as 1846 this stream was called a river in sale particulars. Before 1846 the property became a public house named The Hoops and remained so until the licence was withdrawn in 1905, since when it has been a private house, known as Willow Dene in the 1930s and Green End by 1939. Neither name appears to be in use in 2022.

Owners of 32 The Green 

Dates Owner Notes
1810-1846 Edward Hall jun
1846-1906 Messrs Phillips Brewers of Royston
1906-1910 William South Now private house
1910-1915 William Christmas ?
1916-1919 ?
1920-1935 Thomas Andrew Elsmere and Emma Annie Elsmere
1935-1939 Thomas Andrew Elsmere
1939-1949 Henry Kiell Ayliff & Gertrude E Ayliff Henry died 1949
1950-1958 ?
1959-1960 Albert William Grundy & Phyllis Marguerite Grundy
1961 Phyllis Marguerite Grundy
1962-1965 ?
1966-1974 Col Hugh Vincent Fraser & Mabel Maureen O’Connor Fraser
1974-1980 George Brian Nelson and Giselle Nelson
1980-2004 Richard James Dancey and Sheila Margaret Dancey
2004-2011 Richard James Dancey
2011-2013 Richard James Dancey, Exors of
2013-2015 Amanda Bloom
2015-Today Richard William Dance & Sarah Meer


Tenants of 32 The Green

Dates Tenants/Occupiers Notes
1810-1818 Edward Hall jun Owner
1819 John Charter
1820 Unoccupied?
1821-1834 John Hitch
1835-1845 John Newell
1846 Unoccupied?
1847-1887 Rivers Pearce
1888 William Haslett
1889-1890 George William Gipson
1890-1891 Charlotte Gipson
1891 George Skelton
1892 Unoccupied?
1893-1897 Robert Gray
1897-1898 George Lawrence
1899-1910 William John Wilson
1910 Unoccupied?
1915 onwards Owner occupied ?


Listed Building

Listing Details: Grade II since 4 September 1986

Cottage. Late C17 with C20 renovation. Timber-framed and roughcast rendered. Plain tiled roof. Rebuilt red brick ridge stack. Two storeys with single storey range to east with gable end stack. Three unit, lobby entry plan. C20 closed porch with glazed door, and boarded door to left hand. Three large ground floor casement windows with central glazing bars and three small first floor casement windows.

Listed Pump

Listing details: Grade II since 4 September 1986

Stands in garden two metres south of house. Pump. Possibly C18. Lead spout to cistern with iron lever and wooden long case.

Last Updated on April 17, 2023