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Gilston, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Gilston, a parish in Herts, on an affluent of the river Stort, near the boundary with Essex, a quarter of a mile from Burnt Mill station, and 4 miles WSW of Sawbridge-worth station on the G.E.R. Post town, Harlow; money order and telegraph office, Sawbridgeworth. Acreage, 985; population, 260. Gilston Park is a mansion erected in 1852, standing in a beautiful park, and is the seat of the Bowlby family, who are lords of the manor. The living is a rectory ra the diocese of St Albans; net yearly value, £233 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of St Albans. The church is an ancient building of flint in the Early English style, and has a tower and spire.

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 
Poor Law unionWare 

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 Gilston

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 Gilston 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 Gilston 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.

DistrictEast Hertfordshire
Postal districtCM20
Post TownHarlow