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Northaw or Northall, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Northaw or Northall, a village and a parish in Herts. The village stands on a hill adjacent to the boundary with Middlesex, 2½ miles E by N of Potters Bar station on the G.N.R. main line, and 4¼ NE by N of Barnet; is a neat place, and has a post office under Potters Bar; money order and telegraph office, Potters Bar. The parish contains also the hamlet of Cuffley, which is about 2 miles E. Acreage, 3306; population, 582. The manor is held by the Kidston family. There are many good residences in the parish, the more important being Nyn Park (the seat of the lord of the manor, a building of red brick standing in the midst of a pleasant park). The Hook, Northaw Place, The Woodlands, Northaw House, and Upper Barvin. A mineral spring is at Cuffley, and another mineral spring was on Northaw Common, now enclosed, but has been choked up. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £230 with residence. The church was erected in 1881-82 in the place of a former building which was destroyed by fire; is a cruciform building of Ancaster stone in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, S aisle, S porch, and a western tower. A new N aisle was built in 1888. There are charities worth about ,6280 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 parishNorthaw St. Thomas à Becket 
Poor Law unionHitchin 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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