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Layston, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Layston, a parish in Herts, three-quarters of a mile E of Buntingford station on the G.E.R. It was known at Domes-day as Ichetone, it had a village which for some time was a market-town, and it now contains part of the town of Buntingford. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Buntingford. Acreage, 1434; population of the civil parish, 889; of the ecclesiastical, 1091. Layston House and Cor-ney Bury are chief residences. The manor belongs to the Butt family. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Buntingford, in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £167. The church is a building of flint in the Early English and Perpendicular styles.

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 parishLayston St. Bartholomew 
Poor Law unionBuntingford 

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 Layston

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 Layston from the following:

Land and Property

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

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.