Redbourn, an ancient town on the River Ver, in St Albans Union and Liberty, and on Watling Street, 24 miles form London, 4 miles north-east of Hemel Hempstead station, 4½ miles north-west of St Albans. Previous to railway being opened upwards of 80 coaches passed through, and now there is not a single conveyance. In 1831 the population was 2,024, and the number of acres is 4,260, assessed to the Property Tax, in 1815, at £6,499, and, in 1842, at £9,577. On the river are mills, and there are fairs on the first Wednesday after Jan. 1st, on Easter Wednesday, and on Whit Wednesday. The church, ½ mile south west, is ancient, but recently restored, and the living is a vicarage, valued R. R. 1834 at £302 per annum, in the gift and impropriation of the Earl of Verulam. The vicar is the Rev. William S. Wade. Aubury, close to Foster's Farm, is an ancient camp of large size, ¾ mile south-west. Dean end, Revel end, Hammond's end, Beeson's end, and Rothampstead are places in the neighbourhood.
Redbourn Common lies to the west of the High Street, and is over half a mile long ... The Common is the home of the Cricket Club, the oldest known team in the country, dating from 1666. Matches are played here every week-end during the season with a cricket week in August and the occasional celebrity match. Some of the many lively organisations in the village arrange fetes on the common during the summer, a fair visits twice a year, the village bonfire and fireworks evening is becoming an established event, followed a few days later by the Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial ,,,
See review of Redbourn for information on The Cricketers Inn.
Book: Redbourn's History
Book: The Story of Redbourn
Book: Redbourn by May Walker
Books by Geoff Webb: Redbourn through time, The Character of Redbourn, Redbourn Memories, Redbourn Reflections, A Redbourn Commoner. In addition a number of his Redbourn photographs are on the web site Hertfordshire Memories.
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|Church End, Redbourn
Postcard showing the view from the Church Tower, with The Avenue in the distance.
The Bedwell Series
The Kennels of the South Hertfordshire Beagles were at
Beaumont Hall, Redbourn.
The history of this pack is given in a history of Hunting in Hertfordshire, published in parts in the Hertfordshire Countryside in the 1940s.
The Redbourn Methodist Church - opened 1876
For an account of Methodism in Redbourn in the early 19th century see Methodism in the city of the Proto-Martyr and the St Albans Circuit
Book: Reconstruction and Measurement of Landscape Change - Detailed study of the parishes around St Albans
Occupations: Coaches and Inns, Redbourn, 1830's (Includes information on the Black Horse and White Horse Inns.)
Web Site: The Redbourn site at http://www.redbourn.org.uk/ contains significant historical information.
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