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Willian, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Willian, a village and a parish in Herts, 3 miles E of Hitchin, where there are stations on the G.N.R. and M.R. The village has a post and money order office under Hitchin; telegraph office, Graveley. Acreage, 1865; population of the civil parish, 212; of the ecclesiastical, 231. The manor, with most of the land, belongs to the Hancock family. Rox-ley House is a chief residence. The living is a rectory and vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £500. The church is an ancient building of stone and flint in mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and an embattled western tower. It contains some ancient tombs and memorials.

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 parishWillian All Saints 
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 Willian

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 Willian 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 Willian 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.

DistrictNorth Hertfordshire
Postal districtSG6
Post TownLetchworth Garden City