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Letchworth, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Letchworth, a parish and a village in Herts, adjacent to the source of the river Hiz, and near Icknield Street, 2 miles from Hitchin railway station. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Hitchin. Acreage, 1131; population, 79. All the property, with the manor, belongs to the Alington family. An ancient camp, 7 acres in area, with steep sides, and with a rampart 5 feet high, is on the Wilbury Hills, and a tumulus is half a mile S of it. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net yearly value, £260 with residence. The church, which dates from the end of the 13th century, is a small building of rubble and flint in the Perpendicular style. It has a memorial window and two ancient brasses. The manor house or Letchworth Hall is an ancient building of brick, erected in 1620. It is now occupied as a farmhouse.

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 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 Letchworth

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 Letchworth 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.

DistrictNorth Hertfordshire
Postal districtSG6
Post TownLetchworth Garden City