St. Katharine's Church
from the Church's 1957 Year Book

Towns & Villages in Herts


Adjacent Parishes: Henlow (Beds), Hitchin, Holwell (was Beds, but transferred to Herts in in 1897), Pirton, Shillington (Beds)

It is in the Hitchin Hundred and the Hitchin Union

ICKLEFORD, or Ickleton, derives its name from its situation on the River Hiz, 2 miles north-east of Hitchin station, in the Hundred and Union of Hitchin and Pirton. The village is situated near Icknield Street. The church is dedicated to St Katherine, and the living is a rectory; the present incumbent is the Rev Richard Neale Duguld Brown, rector, The parish contains 940 acres, and a population of 579. The Income Tax assessment was 2,080, in 1842. There are national schools.

Three public houses are listed in the Traders section:

Day Thomas,  Old George & carpenter
Gurney John, Plume of Feathers
Primett Charles, Green Man & farmer

Post Office Directory, 1851

All three of these pubs were still open in 1995, together with another old pub, The Cricketers.
 (Hertfordshire Inns & Public Houses

Ickleford - Early 1900s Frith Card (unnumbered)
The public houses shown are the Green Man and the Old George


Same Picture

Issued in Frith's series #49749

Posted 1939

Ickleford - Early 1900s No 10968 (Blum & Degan Ltd)
posted in Canada in 1914


Ickleford Church
published by A.W. Bourne, 32 Babingley Drive. Leicester


St Katherine's Church, Ickleford
circa 1930??

West Mill. Hitchin
Published by M. W. Wakenell, Booksellers & Stationers, Hitchin (38947 JV) Coloured version seen , posted 1904: - Valentine card photographed 1903
[Not to be confused with Westmill]


 The card carried the following note, dated 31-3-1917

The stream here is the Oughton - It is a pleasant little river which rises at Oughton Head and flows across the Common of that name on to Ickleford. From there I do not know where it wanders. The water is wonderfully clear & the stream abounds in trout which may be seen quite easily darting in and out of the reeds.

Book: An Ickleford Scrapbook

Website: Ickleford Parish Council Web Site: with pictures of the village and history pages which include information on the village pump.

See also Vital Records

If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.


Page updated June 2008