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Bushey, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Bushey, a village and a parish in Herts. The village stands½ of a mile E of the L. & N.W.R., near the river Colne, 1½ mile SE of Watford, has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Watford, and was once a market-town. The parish includes also Bushey Heath, which likewise has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Watford, and is 3 miles from that -town. Acreage, 3218; population of the civil parish, 5652; of the ecclesiastical parish of Bushey, 19 54, and of Bushey Heath, 1608. The living is a rectory; net value, £490 with residence. The church is a structure of brick faced with flint and Bath stone, rebuilt in 1871. It has several interesting memorials and monuments. St Peters, Bushey-Heath, formerly a chapel of ease, had a district assigned in 1889. The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value, £235. The church, an edifice of brick, was erected in 1838. Both livings are in the gift of a private patron, and in the diocese of St Albans. There are also Baptist, Roman Catholic, Congregational, and Primitive Methodist chapels. Bushey Hall, a splendid mansion of red brick, originally built at a cost of £150,000, was in 1882 converted into a hydro-therapeutic establishment. The high grounds of Bushey Heath command an extensive and beautiful view of the valley of the Thames. There are ten well-endowed almshouses, and some small charities. Bushey-Grove, Bushey-Mill, and Caldicot Hill are small adjacent hamlets.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHertfordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBushey St. James 
LibertySt. Albans 
Poor Law unionWatford 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Bushey

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bushey from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hertfordshire is online.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hertfordshire newspapers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hertfordshire, 1572 and 1634. Edited by Walter C. Metcalfe, F.S.A. is available on the Heraldry page.

Postal districtWD23
Post TownBushey