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Digswell, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Digswell, a village and a parish in Herts. The village stands oil the river Maran, adjacent to the G.N.R., half a mile SSE from Welwyn station, and 4 miles N of Hatfield. It was known at Domesday as Dichelswelle, and it came to be a market-town, but has declined. The parish comprises 1674 acres; population, 249. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Welwyn. Digswell House is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; value, £266 with residence. The church is a building in the Early English style, and it has some very interesting tombs and monuments. Digswell Water is an adjacent hamlet.

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 parishDigswell St. John the Evangelist 
Poor Law unionWelwyn 

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 Digswell

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 Digswell from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Digswell are available from a number of sites:

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.

DistrictWelwyn Hatfield
Postal districtAL6
Post TownWelwyn