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Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Hertingfordbury, a village and a parish in Hertfordshire. The village stands between the rivers Maran and Lea, adjacent to the Hertford and Hatfield branch of the G.N.R., 2 miles WSW of Hertford, and has a station on the railway, and a post and money order office under Hertford; telegraph office, Hertford. The parish contains also the hamlets of East End, Stains Green, Cole Green, Birch Green, and Letty Green. Acreage, 2645, of which 20 are water; population, 797. The manor was given at the Conquest to Philip de Valoines; passed to the Duchy of Lancaster, and, with Panshanger House, belongs now to Earl Cowper. Panshanger House is a stately castellated mansion of grey stone erected in 1801 and subsequent years by Peter, fifth Earl Cowper. It contains an extremely valuable collection of paintings, and stands in a well-wooded park of 500 acres. An oak, nearly 20 feet in girth at 10 feet from the ground, is in Panshanger park. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Letty Green, in the diocese of St Albans; net yearly value, £340. Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The church is an ancient building of brick and rubble, dating apparently from the early part of the 15th century, consists of nave, N aisle, S porch, and chancel, with tower and spire, and contains some beautiful monuments of the Cowpers and others. There are a chapel of ease at Letty Green, and charities worth about £116 a year.

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 parishHertingfordbury St. Mary 
Poor Law unionHertford 

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 Hertingfordbury

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 Hertingfordbury 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

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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 districtSG14
Post TownHertford