Books on Hertfordshire


within Living Memory

Cathy Shipman & Don Jackson

Pageprint, 1988

Hardback Book, 30 * 22 cm, 240 pages, many pictures

This is an excellent account of the Dacorum borough during the middle part of the 20th century. Coverage includes the towns of Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring - and the smaller villages.



Kings Langley

Piccotts End

Foreword  7

Hemel Hempstead





Introduction 9
one The Early Years 11
two Life in Dacorum in the Mid-16th Century 20
three Preparations for War 54
four 'Cor Crikey' - The Evacuees 65
five The Home Front 76
Six Civil Defence and Military Matters 89
seven A War Time Miscellany 113
eight Celebrating the End of the War 116
nine The New Town 121
ten The Coming of the National Health Service 147
eleven The Development of Dacorum's Schools 158
twelve Local Government Re-organisation 172
thirteen Of Local Concern 180
fourteen "Dacorum begins at Tring ... " 202
Index 232
Bibliography 236
Acknowledgements 237
Subscribers 238

The Home Guard at Apsley

This book provides a useful introduction to the history of area including the towns of Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring. It contains a interesting account, with pictures, relating to the Second World War. For instance the chapter "Civil Defence and Military Matters" contains sections on civil defence, the war time health services, first aid, fire fighting, the Home Guard, the Royal Observer Corps, conscription, registration and youth organisations, the military, Bovingdon Airfield and the Americans and war work. There is also a good account of the origins of the New Town of Hemel Hempstead and a pictorial tour of the places included in the Borough of Dacorum.

For more information on the New Town see Hemel Hempstead, The Story of New Town Development 1947-1997.

There is a web page for Dacorum

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