Guide Books to


(early 20th century)

At the beginning of the 20th century guidebooks started to become available for the larger Hertfordshire Towns


Seal of the Borough

The Homeland Association's Handbooks - No 43.

Hertford and its Surroundings

with notes on the Country of Charles Lamb and Izaak Walton

by William Graveson

Published by The Homeland Association, 1905

A pocket-sized hardback book with of 150 pages, including about 50 illustrations (plus another 50 pages of adverts) and a map in a pocket in the rear cover.


Dicker Mill

The guide is a useful introduction to the town and the surrounding area, as it was 100 years ago, and also contains a fair number of advertisements. 

  1. Hertford - Bygone Days

  2. Hertford - Walks about the Town

  3. From Hertford to Ware - The Warren, Ware Park, and New River Head

  4. Ware and Thundridge

  5. Amwell and its Associations

  6. The Country of Charles Lamb - Widford, Hunsdon, and Stanstead.

  7. Broxbourne Woods and Broxbourne

  8. The Country of Izaak Walton - Hoddesdon and Rye House

  9. The Country between Hertford and Hatfield - Bayford, Little Berkhamsted, Essendon

  10. The Valley of the Beane - Waterford, Stapleford, and Watton-at-Stone

  11. Bramfield, Queen Hoo and Tewin

  12. The Valley of the Mimram - Hertingfordbury, Panshanger Park, Welwyn

  13. Haileybury College

  14. Cycle Rides

  15. Angling and Golf


The "Borough" Guides - No 257.



Containing a Map of the District, A plan of the most interesting Walks, 17 Pictures and Descriptive Letterpress.

by William Graveson

 Published by Edward J Burrow, circa 1908

A slim booklet of 48 pages.

This is effectively a rewrite of the above, with different pictures, and very much shortened text descriptions. It is undated, but the year 1907 is mentioned and motor cars have started to appear.

Fore Street, Hertford. Meet of Automobile Club

There is a web page for Hertford

Locating Books
At the time this page was last updated a second hand copy of the "Homeland" book was listed online.
October 2010   Dimsdale Arms Hotel added