Welcome to our website which is designed to help members and others find out more about who we are, and how we work to improve the quality of life for all who live and work in the area around Amwell Street.
The Amwell Society exists to help:
- Preserve the heritage and character of the environment in the Amwell area
- Ensure high standards of design in new developments
- Promote knowledge of the exceptional historical interest in this area of London
- Foster a sense of community among all residents
For more detail of what we do click About Us on the left.
Membership is open to all and costs very little. We encourage anyone to join who cares about the area and wishes to help ensure that any changes within it are beneficial. The larger the membership, the more influential the Amwell Society will be. If you would like to join the Society or renew your membership, please click on the button at the top of the column on the right.
The website also aims to keep readers up to date with current planning and development issues which affect the local environment and community (see also recent planning applications), along with up to date descriptions of local shops and services within the Amwell area (Shops and Services on the left). On the History section of the website you will find a range of fascinating information and stories about the history and development of this old and interesting area of London, which was first developed on the back of Sir Hugh Myddelton’s audacious scheme to bring fresh water to London from the springs around Great Amwell in Hertfordshire in 1609.
The Safer Neighbourhoods section contains information about measures to reduce crime and inhibit anti-social behaviour in the area.
In August 2016, as part of a national programme, we launched an initiative to enhance the Historic England database of listed buildings in our area. To find out more about this, click here
We are continually adding new content, so do check the site regularly. We welcome your comments and contributions so don’t hesitate to contact us using the links on the left.
New River Head
The New River Head is the most important historical site in the Amwell area, and 2013 marked the 400th anniversary of the opening of the New River which brought fresh water to the City of London from Hertfordshire.
Unfortunately there currently exists a threat from property developers to the historic buildings at the Head, the Engine House and Windmill Base, which can be seen from Amwell Street. Plans to turn these buildings into a gated residential development have been halted, but the alternative plan to create a heritage centre is far from being realised.