Radlett was formed out of part of the parish of Aldenham in 1865


The first unambiguous reference to Radlett is as Radelett in 1453, but it may be much older. It is at an old cross roads on the Roman Watling Street and could be derived from the Old English for a road junction. [The Place Names of Hertfordshire]

Radlett is a small village, in the parish of Aldenham, 2 miles north-east. A church, in the Early English Style, with a tower, bells and spire, has recently been erected by subscription. at Cobden Hill, near the site where a small chantry formerly stood. Captain Phillimore, Thomas Bagnall, Esq., H. H. Gibbs, Esq., and other landed proprietors, with gentlemen residing inthe neighbourhood, contributed handsomely, to the building and endowment and to the fund for a Parsonage house. The living, annual value about 120, is in the gift of the vicar [of Aldenham], and held by the Rev. Thomas Maraden, M.A., of St John's College, Cambridge. The new Midland line will pass close to the village, where a passenger station and depts will be built.

Aldenham entry, Post Office Directory for Hertfordshire, 1866


Click Here for information on Christ Church

Radlett Schools &  Church

Published by Coles of Watford

Back: foreign except Japan, Spain, USA = circa 1905

Shows church before wide aisle added

  Schools and Chruch at Radlett, Hertfordshire

Probert's Cottage, Gill's Hill Lane - Connected with the murder of William Weare in 1823


They cut his throat from ear to ear,

His head they battered in,

His name was Mr William Weare,

He lived in Lyons Inn.

This was the murder trial of the 19th century - see the Wikipedia report for details and extensive references.

Cobden Hill, Radlett

Published by A. Heaver, Watling Street, Radlett. Posted 1914

The board is that of the Furniture Trade Orphanage in Cobden Hill, with some of the orphans in the road.

In 1912 Kelly's Directory for Herts Albert Heaver is listed as a Newsagent in Watling Street, and Miss Grace Redhead was matron of the orphanage.


Cobden Hill South, Radlett

Published by Lillywhite, Halifax

Posted 1921

Book: The Book of Radlett and Aldenham


Harperbury Hospital

Harperbury Hospital, from Colony to Closure, 1928-2001

by Kevin Brown

Harper House Publications, 2001

(ISBN: 095391061X)


See The Long Stay Hospitals of the St Albans area

April 2010   Post card of Cobden Hill South
January 2011   Harperbury Hospital book
August 2011   Info on Christ Church moved to another page, etc