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The Street Names of Hitchin

and their Origins: Book 1: The Town Centre

by Sue Fitzpatrick & Barry West

Egon Publishers, 1997, ISBN 1 899998 25 X

Paperback booklet, 21*15 cm, 48 pages, many line drawings, maps

The Street Names of Hitchin

and their Origins: Book 2: Eastern Hitchin

by Barry West

Egon Publishers, 1998, ISBN 1 899998 25 X

Paperback booklet, 21*15 cm, 56 pages, many line drawings, maps


Joseph Ransom's Naturalist's Notebook


The Nature Notes of A Hitchin Quaker

 Transcribed and annotated by Val Campion

2004.  ISBN 0 9512109 7 1

"Two hundred years ago a physically disable Hitchin Quaker with a deep interest in natural history kept notes of his sightings of birds, mammals and flowers as he went about his daily business. He painstakingly copied these in tiny copperplate handwriting into a slim volume which lay hidden for many years in the Natural History Archive of North Hertfordshire Museum."

"Val Campion's transcription provides us with a rare and magical window into the natural world of the early nineteenth century. Her addition of a commentary and biographical material relating to Joseph and his family, forebears of the Ransom Pharmaceutical dynasty, has brought this young man, once a popular and well-respected figure in his community, back to life."

While this book is not "local" history in the commonly accepted sense, it shows how aspects of the past can be brought to life from old documents, and a well-written and researched commentary.

This booklet was kindly donated as an additional reference source for this web site. 


Hitchin's Straw Plait Industry

by N. Agar

First Issued 1982. New Edition 1998. 


Early Education in Hitchin

by Robert Walmsley

First Issued 1985. New Edition 1998




A Brief History of Hitchin Markets and Fairs

by Anthony M. Foster

No Date or ISBN 


The Bridewells of Hitchin

A History of Local Imprisonment

by Simon Walker

1998, ISBN 0 9512109 2 0 


Reminiscences of a Hitchin School in the 1870's and 1890's

by Frank Frazer Hoyland

A facsimile edition of the 1935 manuscript with additional notes and photographs

Edited by P. Douglas and P. Humphries

2002, No ISBN 


The Formative Years of Hitchin Boy's School


by Robert Walmsley

 ISBN 0 9505892 0 9

Paperback Booklet, 106 pages

Part One: INTRODUCTORY: Education in the Nineteenth Century with a bearing on the new school, Local Education Background, Subjects and Examinations, Popular reading, The New School - early day subjects.

Part Two: THE STORY: Per adua ad alta 1920, Masters and classes of the Twenties, Games, Uniforms and discipline, School work. Sixth Form 1926, War names, Politics, Work and examinations, Scouts to 1926.

Part Three: ANOTHER FIFTY YEARS: The Twenties to the Thirties, More about the War Time, New Names for Houses, Games, Societies, The new examinations, Appendix (includes staff lists for 1915, 1935, 1945, 1955, 1965, 1971 and 1976)


Other titles mentioned on this site include
An Ickleford Scrapbook
Hodgson & Hankin: A Fishy Tale of Old Hitchin
Cold Baths don't Work
[Herts Past & Present Review]

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