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

Pirton, Hertfordshire

by M. A. Newbury

Churchwarden, 1983

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

Pirton Local History Group

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
census 1841-1901
militia lists 1758-1789
wills and inventories 1595-1853
trade directories 1832-1937
monumental inscriptions at St Mary’s
Churchyard 1645-1990
Methodist baptisms 1839-1853 & 1907-1925

The Pirton Web Site

  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