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Widford, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Widford, a parish, with a village, in Herts, on the river Ash, with a station on the Buntingford branch of the G.E.R,, 4 miles E by N of Ware. It has a post office under Ware; money order and telegraph office, Much Hadham. Acreage, 1168; population, 461. The manor belongs to the Parry-Mitchell family. There are two barrows. The living is a, rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £186 with residence. The church is a small but ancient building of flint and stone in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles. Charles Lamb has immortalized Widford in his " Essays of Elia." He lays the scene of Rosmond Gray here. The father of Archbishop Whately was rector of Widford, John Eliot, " Apostle to the Indians," was born here, and his descendants have erected a window to his memory in the church.

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 parishWidford St. John the Baptist 
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 Widford

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Widford 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 Widford 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.

DistrictEast Hertfordshire
Postal districtSG12
Post TownWare