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Berkhampstead St Mary or Northchurch, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Berkhampstead-St-Mary or Northchurch, a parish in Herts, on the L. & N.W.R. and the Grand Junction Canal, about 1 mile NW of Berkhampstead. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acreage, 3888 of land and 20 of water; population, 2351. An ancient structure, now used as a farmhouse, was originally part of a small priory. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net yearly value, £365 with residence, in the gift of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. The church is Decorated English, and cruciform. There is a chapel of ease at Broadway, a beautiful edifice built in 1854. There are also a Mission church, a small Baptist chapel, and several parochial charities.

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 parishBerkhampstead St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBerkhampstead 

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 Berkhampstead St Mary or Northchurch

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 Berkhampstead St Mary or Northchurch 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 Berkhampstead St Mary or Northchurch 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.