Sandridge in 1863


History, Topography & Directory of

Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire & Hertfordshire

Thomas Danks, 1863





Is a village, in Cashio hundred, diocese of Rochester, union, archdeaconry, deanery, and county court district of St. Albans, 2 miles north-east from St. Albans and 4 north-west from Hatfield. The area is 5,766 acres, and the population in 1861 was 823. The parish church which is dedicated to St. Leonard is a neat building, with square flint tower and two bells. The living is a vicarage, value 300, with residence, in the patronage of Earl Spencer. Lord Palmerston, Earl Spencer, G. R. Martin, Esq. and D. Garrard, Esq. and Robert Smith, Esq., are the principal landowners. There is a large tract of common land used as a sheep walk, and frequently by cricket clubs. Here is a parochial school for boys and girls.

At No Man's land, the residence of Messrs. William and Ralph Norman Thrale, is a beautiful collection of stuffed birds, principally British, which were stuffed by Mr. William Thrale. There is also a very large Panther, or Ceylon Leopard, which was shot by Mr. Ralph Norman Thrale, near his residence on the 30th of May, 1836, after having attacked and severely injured a man of the name of Field. The furious animal afterwards attacked a large dog, when Mr. Thrale, at the risk of his life, courageously advanced towards the leopard, placed his gun within three or four inches of him, and shot him through the heart. Here are also to be seen specimens of a variety of British quadrupeds, nearly all the British reptiles, and wild plants in the neighbourhood, with a great variety of other curiosities.

P08T OFFICE. - John Ephgrave, postmaster. Letters from St. Albans arrive at 7.25 a.m.; dispatched at 6 p.m.

Bowed, Mr. Aubrey, Bernard's heath
Bradshaw, Mr. John, Bernard's heath
Janes, Mr. William
  Kinder, Thomas, Esq., J.P., Bury farm
Marten, G. R., Esq., J.P., Marshalswick
Winbolt, Rev. T. H., M.A., curate


Anstee, Edward, farmer, Marshals farm
Booth, Harris, farmer, Evans' farm
Cox, Henry, farmer, Hammond's and Tower Hill farms
Cox, Jonathan, farmer, Hill End farm
Dickinson, Mrs., farmer, Cheapside farm
Dorrington, C., farmer, Bride Hall farm
Ephgrave, John, blacksmith & shopkeeper
Evans, Charles, Rose and Crown
Munt, George, beer retailer
Parsons, William, baker and parish clerk
Paul, James, grocer and builder
Paul, William, builder and contractor
Pearman, Jane and Sarah, farmers, Lower Beech Hyde farm
  Sayer, Robert, grocer and bricklayer
Slater, Joseph, beer retailer
Slough, William, shoemaker & victualler
Smith, Dolphin, farmer, Water End farm
Smith, Robert, farmer and land owner, Heath farm
Smith, Thomas, farmer, Pound farm
Stott, Ralph, land agent to Earl Spencer
Thrale, Ralph, Norman, and William, farmers, No Man's Land farm
Watson, Frances, market gardener
Woollatt, George Sydoon, farmer, Upper Beech Hyde and Samwell's farms
Wright, William, farmer, Chalkwell farm
Young, G., farmer, Nash's & Hook farm

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