Hoddesdon's Past in Pictures

by David Dent

The Rockingham Press 1992



Among the historic market towns of Hertfordshire, few have undergone such drastic changes over the past 30 years as Hoddesdon. To make way for new roads and shopping precincts many building of historical and architectural importance were demolished. Other changes led to the disappearance of a host of well-known shops and traditional industries like brewing, the glasshouses and watercress beds. But Hoddesdon was fortunate in its photographers and the glories of the town's past still live in this collection of old pictures, many never published before. David Dent, a well-known lecturer on local history, has selected photographs from his own collection, as well as others from the townspeople and the Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon. Part of the proceeds of this book are donated to the Friends of Lowewood Museum. (from dust jacket)



The Town and its Environs

(Southern Approaches, The High Street, Amwell and Burford Streets, Northern Approaches, Western Approaches, Rye Park, Dobbs Weir)

Markets and Fairs


Inns and Pubs

Shops and Shopkeepers

Hoddesdon at Work

Great Events



Hoddesdon at Play

Hoddesdon People


The Queens Head, Amwell Street, circa 1905

I don't personally know Hoddesdon but the book clearly contains an interesting collection of good photographs and prints, with helpful descriptions and a good index.

For an extract and picture see The Rye House

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