Little Berkhampstead
or Little Berkhamsted

Do not confuse with (Great) Berkhamsted

(like all the ...hamsted, ...hempstead. etc., places in Hertfordshire there is considerable variation in spelling.)


Old Herts


Little Berkhampstead

Little Berkhampstead
from Bryant's map of 1822

A picturesque road, about a mile and a half long, leads to the Village of Little Berkhamstead, four miles from Hertford. The living is a Rectory, in the gift of the Marquis of Salisbury, value 250 per annum. The Church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is a very plain structure, containing nothing particularly worthy of notice; it consists of a nave, chancel, and one aisle, and a turret with three bells; it was thoroughly repaired in 1875, at a cost of 1,000, principally raised by public subscriptions; there are 38 acres of glebe attached to the living. The Register commences in 1645. There is an excellent and extensive Provident Society in this Parish, the members of which comprise many residents in adjoining Parishes; it has been established many years, and has been very successful. There is also a National School. The population of the Parish is 480; number of acres 1689. There is a small Charity, the bequest of a person named Hunt, which produces about 16 annually. At the end of the little village street is a most charming prospect, many miles in extent, which is singularly beautiful. Near an old Manor House in this Village, is a most remarkable Tower or Observatory, more than 100 feet high, built of brick, which, as it is placed on a high hill, has an extensive prospect from it of the surrounding country. It was built by a gentleman named Stratton, many years since, for astronomical purposes, and contains several circular apartments; it has been used occasionally for ordnance surveys, etc., but has sometimes been called "Stratton's Folly," perhaps without justification.

Guide to Hertfordshire, 1880


St Andrew's Church

The Monument

The Old Manor House

Little Berkhamsted

by Gerald Millington


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The following people are listed in the 1882 Kelly's Directory


Daniell Mrs

Dunster Wm. Hillyard, Gage place

Hanmer Miss, Pondfield

Sewell Rev Henry Walter B.A. [rector], Rectory

Vicars Mrs, The Danes

Wormald Mrs, Eppimg House

Wormald William, Epping House

Young Benjamin, How green


Barnard Charles Henry, Plough

Bint James, builder

Brooks Henry, farmer

Brown James, blacksmith

Childs John, farmer, Bushes farm

Couch Maris (Mrs.), shopkeeper and post office

Coleman William, jun. shopkeeper

Godfrey James, baker

Hale James, farmer, Epping Green Farm

Johnson John Hy, farmer, Manor frm

Munns George, beerseller

Phipps John Peek, beerseller

Provident Benefit Society (William N Bamford, sec)

Tyler Edward, beer retailer, Epping Green

BERKHAMPSTEAD (LITTLE), a parish in the hundred and county of Hertford, 4 miles (S.W. by S.) from Hertford, containing 439 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Huntingdon, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at 7. 8. 6., and in the patronage of the Marquis of Salisbury. The church, a neat structure, is dedicated to St. Andrew. At How Green, in this parish, is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. A National school is now in progress of erection, and there are three almshouses, the inmates of which are supported by the parish. On an elevated situation near an old manor-house, a circular tower of brick, 100 feet in height, termed the Observatory, has been erected, which commands an extensive prospect.

Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831

Book: Little Berkhamsted, by Gerald Millington

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