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Watton or Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Watton or Watton-at-Stone, a village and a parish in Herts. The village stands on the river Beane, 4½ miles N by W of Hertford, and 3½ SE from Knebworth station on the G.N.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Hertford. Acreage of the civil parish, 3585; population, 807; of the ecclesiastical, 817. There is a parish council of seven members and a chairman. The manor, with Woodhall Park, belongs to the Smith family. Watton House is a chief residence. There is a large water-mill in the village. Roman coins have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £500 with residence. The church, dedicated to St Andrew and St Mary, is an ancient building of flint and stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel with N chapel, nave, aisles, N and S porches, and an embattled western tower. It was restored in 1851 at a cost of £7000. It has a brass of 1361, several of later date, and some ancient and interesting tombs and monuments.

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 parishWatton St. Mary and St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionHertford 

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 Watton or Watton at Stone

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Watton or Watton at Stone 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

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hertfordshire, 1572 and 1634. Edited by Walter C. Metcalfe, F.S.A. is available on the Heraldry page.