Hertfordshire Genealogy

Guide to Old Hertfordshire


Waltham Cross

Formerly part of the parish of Cheshunt



Waltham Cross


This hamlet is situated on the road to Ware, eleven miles from London. It is one of the wards of the parish of Cheshunt, and contains 100 houses.

The hamlet takes its name from an ancient cross, erected, as is supposed, by Edward the First, in memory of his beloved wife Eleanor. This cross, which is almost the only thing worthy of notice in the place, adjoins to the Falcon Inn. The following description of its present state is taken from the third volume of the Monumenta Vetusta, published by the Society of Antiquaries, who have twice interested themselves in preserving this curious remnant of antiquity from further decay. ...

At Waltham Cross is the site of a manor, called Dacies, alias Crossbrooks, which, as far back as I have been able to trace it, has belonged to the same persons as that of Theobalds. It is nevertheless a separate manor, as may be seen by referring to the surveys (in the Augmentation-office) made of each, in 1650.  The manorial rights were then valued at 7l. 17s. 4d. per annum, the land at 20l.; but stated to be very improvable. The manor is described as being intermingled with that of Cheshunt in all parts of the parish. A court baron is still held for it.

The survey of Theobalds manor, before mentioned, describes an ancient spital at Waltham Cross, consisting of four rooms below and three above, by prescription and time out of mind, appropriated for poor lame impotent people. It is still used for the same purpose, (being occupied by four poor widows,) and is held under the manor of Theobalds, to which it pays a small quit-rent.

The workhouse for the parish of Cheshunt is situated at Waltham Cross.

from Lyson's Environs of London, 1811


Engraved by J. Greig from a painting by G. Arnold for the Beauties of England and Wales
London. Published by Vernor & Hood, Poultry, Jan 1, 1803



Postcard by S. Hildesheimer, posted 1917


Waltham Cross & Ye Old Four Swans

Published by E. Gordon Smith, circa 1906

Click card for enlarged detail and the history of the Four Swans


Similar postcard, circa 1904, by Charles Vaughan

See Also The Four Swans, Waltham Cross, 1830s

Book: Waltham Cross Past            Books - See also Cheshunt

Census:  Parts of area included in Middlesex because it was in the Edmonton Union and this may need to be taken into account when searching cenus returns,



Can anyone identify the car?

Waltham Cross Station G.E.R. [Great Eastern Railway]
published by F. W. Mitchell, High Street, Waltham Cross - circa 1910?
Station Master: James William Mannall [Kelly 1914]

Eleanor Cross Road
Waltham Cross

Kromo Series T 21875
(Blum & Degan)
posted 1907


To: Mr. Haley, 151 Loughborough Rd, Brixton, S.W.

Dear Mr Haley. I saw this in a shop & thought you would like it do you recognise this poor old fellow it is Mr Withers and his old cart I have not seen him since I have been back but I saw Mrs Withers and Lizzie & I told her to tell him your message I am just sending Auntie one of these as well as you know them all so well hope you are all keeping well chickens included love to all & Maggie too from yours as ever May X X

Web Site: Our Broxbourne (associated with Hertfordshire Memories)

Web: Lee Valley Online includes historical information on the principal towns and villages on the River including Waltham Cross.

Cedar Park, Waltham Cross
undated real photo postcard in Robert H. Rice's Series A 7

See also Theobalds Park

Trinity Chapel, Waltham Cross, was consecrated as a chapel of ease to St Mary's Church, Cheshunt in 1833. It was later described as an embattled structure of brick, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel and nave with two crocketed turrets at the wast end and small turret containing one bell: the interior was restored in 1878 and the windows filled with stained glass: there are 460 sittings, 232 being free. In 1851 the curate in charger was the Rev. Samuel Garratt. The parish of Holy Trinity, Waltham Cross, was created in 1855 from part of the parish of Cheshunt and the parish registers dated from this period - earlier baptisms being recorded in the Cheshunt parish registers. In 1866 the curacy was held by the Rev. Korah N. Brandon. The church was renamed Christchurch in 1976. [various sources]

Waltham Cross, Cheshunt. Waltham Abbey, Enfield Wash Hospital Carnival Committee 1920

Quick links to extra postcard images.
click on thumbnail picture
Waltham Cross
(Trolly Bus)

Cynicus Card
Waltham Cross

Waltham Lock

Waltham Cross

Waltham Cross

Holy Trinity

If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.

June 2010   Link to Hospital Committee post card
June 2011   Postcard with links to Four Swans
June 2011   Our Broxbourne