This parish was created out of Hatfield parish in 1858


St John's Church - "The Hatfield Series" postcard posted 1906

LEMSFORD is another modern ecclesiastical parish, formed forty years ago. It is nearly 3 miles N. from Hatfield, on the S. E. side of Brocket Hall Park. It is widely known for its large mill on the River Lea. The church, erected in 1859 as a memorial to the sixth Earl Cowper, is Early English and Decorated, with a good East window, also to the memory of the earl. The tower (W.) is lofty and embattled.

Hertfordshire Little Guide 1903

from Hertfordshire - A Guide to the Countryside

Lemsford - Brocket Hall across River
The Hatfield Series - circa 1905


Lake, Brocket Hall


Cattle, Brocket Hall


Entrance to Brocket Park - De Voil & Co postcard posted in 1912

Ruth Brown (andune15 @t ntlworld.com) write to say that when City Of London Maternity Hospital was bombed in 1940 it moved to Brocket Hall. Children, such as Ruth, who born there were the so-called Brockett Babies.


 See Watercress Beds in the Lemsford area

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

April 2010   Reformatted + reference to Brocket Hall as a maternity hospital
January 2012   Watercress Link