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Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Gaddesden, Great, a village and a parish in Herts. The village stands on the river Gade, 3 miles NE of Great Berkhampstead station on the L. & N.W.R., and 3½ NW of Hemel Hempstead, takes its name from the river Gade, and was known at Domesday as Gadesdene. The parish includes the hamlets of Gaddesden Row and Water End, and it has a post office under Hemel Hempstead; money order office, Hemel Hempstead; telegraph office, Water End. Acreage, 4149; population, 871. Gaddesden Place is a fine mansion in the Italian style. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Sfc Albans; net yearly value, £120 with residence. The church is Early English, with a modern tower, and contains monuments to the Halseys. There is a chapel of ease at iGaddesden Row, and there are also Baptist and Wesleyanchapels.

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 parishGaddesden St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionHemel-Hempstead 

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 Great Gaddesden

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 Great Gaddesden 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 Great Gaddesden 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.

Postal districtHP1
Post TownHemel Hempstead