Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette
See Hemel Hempstead Gazette for the history of the newspaper
The Gazette is a weekly newspaper, based on Dacorum - covering Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and some smaller villages, etc. It has an active online web site which includes news and current activities - and is particularly strong on local history.
It has an active question and answer page and a series of special historical features, with thumbnail pictures. The current featured (June 2001) topics are:
Maylands Avenue: The first 50 years of new town industry
The story of the Watercress Industry in Dacorum
The story of the straw plait industry in Dacorum
The story of the Ovaltine farms and factory
Coopers, the agricultural chemicals industry in Berkhamsted
John Dickinson and the story of papermaking [14 pages]
Roses Lime Juice, a canal industry
The Gazette, the history of our local newspaper from 1859
Roman Dacorum and villa finds
Hemel Hempstead Market through the years.
Hemel Hempstead Town Hall, old and new.
Hemel Hempstead Schoolís first days
Heath Park Hotel, the early days
Hemel Hempsteadís Magic Roundabout
Tring Market House, from old to new
Bovingdon Airfield, war and peace
Story of highwayman James Snook [Highwayman]
The Rex Cinema, Berkhamsted
A supermum from Abbots Langley
Days of witchcraft fears
A ghostly tale from Abbots Langley
The M1 motorway was 40 years old in 1999. This is the story
The Tring typhoid epidemic of 1899 [This is also the subject of an online educational package - see HALS]
Queen Victoria and the Dacorum area
BOURNE GUTTER - Dacorum's woewater
The history of Hemel Hempstead's Hospital
Dacorum at War, in 12 parts [Second World War]
The story of Berkhamsted's Mantle factory
The early story of Hemel Hempstead Labour Party
The Queen visits Hemel Hempstead in 1952
Alderman Jarman, father of education in Hemel
If you have an interest in any of the towns and villages in Dacorum area your should keep an eye on new postings to this page.
A new section has been added to provide information about the meanings of street names. It is run by Roy and Margaret Wood, who welcome additional information - especially about roads that hey have not yet tracked down.
The site is very active with regular new features of historical interest - and pages where people can ask questions - including contacting former school friends, etc. It is not clear how long historical articles are kept online but searches for the articles listed above using the web site's own search routine proves negative.
I cannot keep track of all websites like this, so if you find new pages on the site which could be of wider interest, please tell me
Page updated January 2008