Walkern (St. Mary)
WALKERN (St. Mary), a parish, in the hundred of Broadwater, union and county of Hertford, 4¾ miles (E. by N.) from Stevenage; containing 718 inhabitants. A fair for cattle is held on November 5th. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £20. 1. 10½., and in the gift of King's College, Cambridge: certain impropriate tithes have been commuted for £75. 7., and the incumbent's for £588. 13.; the glebes comprise respectively 100 and 26 acres. The church contains a curious monument of a Knight Templar. There is a place of worship for Independents.
Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.