Hertfordshire Genealogy

Guide to Old Hertfordshire


Books, Booklets, etc



The web site of the Harpenden and District Local History Society is well worth a visit and provides a long list of publications, and they have kept some early publications in print. The following have either been produced by them or are available from their web site.

Wheathampstead and Harpenden - a valuable series of history booklets, the earliest produced in 1973, which are still available.

The Story of Harpenden - a good introductory history with a useful list of additional sources

Cottage Life in a Hertfordshire Village - An interesting account of life in Harpenden in the latter half of the 19th century. First published  in 1934, and reprinted by the Society.

Bygone Harpenden - An attractive collection of old photographs published by the society in 1980.

The Harpenden Races, by Eric Brandreth (1981)

The Harpenden I Remember before 1914, by Ronald Gregory (1981)

Church Green My World 1914-1930, by Colin Curl (1982)

A Fine and Private Place The Story of Harpenden Churchyard, by Daphne Godwin (1985)

Truly Thankful - some memories of childhood ,by Betty Walthew (1995 reprint of 1976 publication)

Theodora's Journals: Inside History, from Victorian Times to the Eve of World War Two, edited by Amy Coburn & Ruth Nason (2012)

There are also many other publications including the following collections of pictures:

Harpenden Past and Present & Harpenden Revisited - collections of then and now photographs by Maurice Ferrara

Harpenden in Old Picture Postcards, Volume 1 & Volume 2.

Harpenden and Harpenden - The Second Selection by Eric Brandreth and published in the Archive Photographs series.

Other books and booklets include:

The Vale of the Nightingale - the true story of a Harpenden family

The Harpenden Home Visitor - Parish Magazine (1875)

The Hatfield, Luton & Dunstable Railway - it ran through Harpenden

Population ... Volume 2: The St Albans Region - includes a transcript of the 1851 census.

See Also Rothamstead and St George's School


A few other printed sources:

Harpenden Official Guide (1965)

A Century of Tennis at the Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club - in Hertfordshire Countryside, August 2006

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