Porch of St Mary the Virgin, Pirton, from Alderman
Towns & Villages in Herts
Adjacent Parishes: Hitchin, Holwell (was Beds, but transferred to Herts in in 1897), Ickleford, Offley, Shillington (Beds)
It is in the Hitchin Hundred and the Hitchin Union
The following account come from The Beauties of England and Wales; or Original Deliniations, topographical, historical, and descriptive, of each county, embellished with engravings, Volume IX, by John Britton, London 1807
At PIRTON, called Peritone in the Domesday Book, the mound on which stood the Keep of the Castle of the Limesies yet remains, surrounded by a ditch. Ralph de Limesy, an eminent Norman soldier, to whom this township, with many other possessions, was given after the conquest, founded a Church here: he was founder, also, of the Priory of Hertford, to which Priory a manor in Pirton, of his donation, belonged; but his principal manor continued in his posterity in the names of Limesy, Odingsels, and Clinton, for many generations. A younger branch of the Odingsels had likewise a manor in this township, which at length became the property of Roger Lupton, Provost of Eton, who gave it to that College in the reign of Henry the Eighth; but it has been recently sold for the purpose of redeeming the land tax on other estates belonging to that foundation.
John Britton, The Beauties of England and Wales, London 1807
From Cassell's Gazatteer of the British Isles 1899
|Drawing of the Church from:
A Short History and Guide
St Mary's Church
by M. A. Newbury
Pirton Grange from Journeys into Hertfordshire
Book: A Foot on Three Daisies - Pirton's Story
Post Cards of Ivy Cottage and a Straw Plait Competition
Topics: War memorials and Rolls of Honour - give details of War Memorial
Local Web Sites
An excellent historical web site with a searchable data base, maps including two large scale early 19th century maps recording the occupants of the houses, historical photographs, publications available from the society and a number of in-depth studies.
Online Data Base
parish registers 1558-1914
|An excellent village web site, with plenty of information about the present village, a vast number of historical photographs, and links to the above historical web site.|
See also Vital Records
If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.
Page updated January 2006