Hertfordshire Genealogy

Guide to Old Hertfordshire



The Village Pond and The Stocks




Aldbury is, and has been for many years, a much visited tourist spot, with the main attraction being the village pond, surrounded with ancient houses, and with the village stocks still surviving. The following postcards provide a panoramic view round the pond area.

The Stocks, Aldbury
Postcard by T. Muncey, The Stores, Aldbury
Posted 1910

This is looking west towards the church, with the old bake house and its high chimney. This combines a well, with double wheel, and a communal bake house. It is still there but is hard to see because it is now surrounded by trees and shrubs.

Stocks and Old Manor, Aldbury
Postcard by G. Loosley & Sons, Berkhamsted
"RA" Series

This shows what is sometimes described as the "Old Manor House" although it is no more than a row of old cottages, now converted into two dwellings..

The Old Stocks, Aldbury
Postcard by Loosley & Sons, Stationers, Berkhamsted
Posted 1905
(Also in monochrome, earlier back)

Old Stocks and Manor House, Aldbury
No publisher of date

It is interesting to compare the postcards as it is clear that a number of repairs were made at various dates to ensure that the stocks remain standing.

Stocks and Old Houses, Aldbury
Copyright Dickens, Aldbury

Old Stocks and Pond, Aldbury
C. Dickens, Aldbury
posted 1917


The Village, Aldbury, No 1
T Muncey, The Stores, Aldbury
Posted circa 1905

This looks across the pond to where the road runs north to Ivinghoe and Pitstone. The houses still look much the same, but the pond is now surrounded by vegetation - and at the far end there is a car parking area.

The Old Stocks, Aldbury
Rush & Warwick, Art Printers, Bedford

circa 1907

The Stocks, Aldbury
Souvenir Post Card
Valentine (number 39174 JV-1903)

also issued in oval frame

Another view see 39173 JV

The final view shows the wooded Chiltern hills which overlook the village and the massive elm which stood at the bottom of Toms Hill (the road starts at the right hand edge of the picture). This tree died in the Dutch Elm epidemic and the replacement oak tree is already a fair size.

Aldbury in the Snow

Boxing Day 2010