Sometimes living in a big city like London can get a little too stressful. Many of us talk about wanting to leave the city and start a new life on the coast or in the countryside. One of the many reasons why life in the capital can often feel too busy is congestion.
London is a city of 9 million people and that figure is only growing, and while many Londoners might dream of buying property outside the M25 border, it seems people are moving into London faster than they are moving out. But if you’re sick of all the traffic and all the crowds, and just want to get as far away from people as possible, then you’re in luck, because there’s a village just 25 miles from the capital that is said to be the most isolated village in the United Kingdom.
Meesden in East Hertfordshire is only a 40 minute drive on the A10 from Waltham Cross. However, getting there by public transport can be a bit tricky and may involve an hour-long bus ride from Bishop’s Stortford, its nearest major human settlement.
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But in Meesden, it kind of feels like that’s the whole point. There are only about 45 houses in the whole village, which has a population of just over 100 people who all seem to enjoy the fact that they don’t get many visitors.
Most, if not all, households in Meesden have their own car, without which it would be nearly impossible to get around. Apart from the only road they have that runs through the village – Mill Lane – the residents of Meesden have no other transport links.
There are no GPs, no schools and no grocery stores in the village. The nearest primary school takes around 20 minutes on foot to get to, while older pupils who are not lucky enough to take a lift would have to walk an hour and 20 minutes to get to the secondary school there. closer.
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The nearest GP is also around 20 minutes away on foot, while a walk to the nearest hospital would take around two hours. Even by car, the nearest hospital would be just under 40 minutes away by car.
Residents of Meesden should always make sure their fridges and shelves are well stocked, as there are no convenience stores or supermarkets nearby to get their groceries. Without a car, you would have to walk up to an hour to find the nearest grocery store.
But it seems that the inhabitants of Meesden are quite accustomed to this way of life. First, according to ilivehere.co.ukthe residents of Meesden are in relatively good health.
The number of people in Meesden who said they were in “very good” health was above the national average, although the people who lived there were generally older than the average age of the UK population. The median age in Meesden is 42.7 years old while the national median age is 40.5 years old.
Moreover, there are not many children in Meesden, which explains the lack of schools. It would also probably explain why the village is so quiet.
That said, there’s not much to do in Meesden either. The village has a mini nature reserve which consists of a large pond surrounded by wildflowers.
Meesden also has a village hall, which oddly enough was the village school before they decided they no longer needed it. It can be rented by locals and foreigners to host various events.
There is also a historic Grade II* listed church called St Mary’s about a mile outside the village, and some barns, farmhouses and cottages which are also listed, including the famous Thatched Cottage.
Even the nearest pub, The Black Horse, is 2.5 km away. Nevertheless, happiness levels in Meesden are quite high.
An average semi-detached house in Meesden currently costs around £474,677, a pretty penny worth paying for those who value quiet and seclusion, but with just 21 house sales since 1992 according to RightMove, you may need to -be waiting a bit for the next ‘for sale’ sign to come up.
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