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Ickleford, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Ickleford, a village and a parish in Herts. The village stands on the river Ivel, adjacent to Icknield Street, the O.N.R., and the boundary with Beds, under Wilbnry Hills, 2 miles N of Hitchin, and has a post office under Hitchin, which is the nearest railway station; money order and telegraph office, Hitchin. The parish comprises 1035 acres; population, 529. Ickleford House is the seat of the Ryder family, who are lords of the manor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £229 with residence. The church consists of nave, S aisle, and chancel, with porch and tower, underwent extensive repairs in 1859, and contains the grave of Henry Boswell, king of the Gipsies. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishIckleford St. Catherine 
HundredHitchin and Pirton 
Poor Law unionHitchin 

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 Ickleford

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 Ickleford 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 Ickleford 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.

DistrictNorth Hertfordshire
Postal districtSG5
Post TownHitchin