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Redbourn, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Redbourn, a village and a parish in Herts. The village stands on the river Verlam and on Watling Street, has a station on the Luton and Hemel Hempstead branch of the M.R., and is 4¼ miles NW from St Albans. A very ancient place, it has a post, money order, and telegraph office under St Albans. Area of parish, 4563 acres; population, 2016. The manor was given by Egelwine the Saxon to the monks of St Albans; later it passed to the Rowlats, and belongs now to the Earl of Verulam. A cell to St Albans Abbey was founded in the 12th century. A fair is held on the first Wednesday after 1 Jan. There are silk and corn mills on the river Verlam, and straw-plait is manufactured. A large ancient camp is at Aubrey. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £240. Patron, the Earl of Verulam. The church, which is partly Norman, is a building of stone consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and an embattled western tower. It has some ancient tombs and memorials-, and a very fine carved oak rood-screen. There are Baptist, Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels. Beeson's End, Dean End, and Revel End are adjacent hamlets.

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.

Ecclesiastical parishRedbourn St. Mary 

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 Redbourn

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Redbourn 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 Redbourn 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.

DistrictSt. Albans
Postal districtAL3
Post TownSt. Albans