In 1973 Bovindon became part of the new borough of Dacorum, which is named after an ancient Saxon hundred of the same name.


Adjacent Parishes:  Chesham (Bucks), Flaunden, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Northchurch, Sarratt

Bovingdon was in the Hemel Hempstead Union

Bovingdon is a villiage 27 miles from London, 2 miles south-west of Boxmoor Station, 4 miles south-west of Hemel Hempstead, 4 miles north-east of Chesham, 8 miles north-west of Watford and 4 miles south of Berkhamsted. The population is very much scattered. . Bovingdon is a perpetual curacy, in Dacorum Hundred, containing 4100 acres, and a population in 1841 of 1,072. The assessment to the Income Tax was 5,370 in 1842. Colliers, Whelpley Ash, White Hart Cross, Marchants, Shantock Hall, Mauldens, Venus Hill, and Bulstrode, are places in this neighbourhood.

Post Office Directory, 1850

View of the High Street circa 1905
Published by Downer, Watford


Map from Hemel Hempstead Rural District Official Guide (1971)


Maps of the area

Bovingdon - A Celebration of Our Village
Bovingdon - History of a Hertfordshire Village
Royalty to Commoners: Four Hundred Years of the Box Moor Trust
A Hertfordshire Valley
Census Returns
1841   1871
Web Sites
Bovingdon Village web site

Selected Answers

HODGKINSON, Shantock Hall, 1850s
RYDER, late 19th Century
REEVE, circa 1700
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St. Lawrence. C.of E. Entirely rebuilt in 1845 with the exception of the lower part of the walls of the west tower. As a result there is still a tomb-chest of circa 1400 on which there is an effigy of a knight in full armour. In the chancel there are several floor slabs of the 17th century, also some brasses of the same period.

 Bovingdon and Flaunden Baptist Church. Bap. 1872

Hertfordshire Churches

Bovingdon Church
Valentine card 54934 JV
(photo taken 1906)

Bovingdon Church
The 'Art' Series by H. W. Flatt
Posted 1906




Ryder Memorial, Bovingdon
Valentine card 54931 JV
(photo taken 1906)
(posted 1907)

A picture of Bovingdon, taken about 1950, from a pictorial envelope produced by John Dickinson's of Apsley, showing The Bell and Wheatsheaf pubs, with the Ryder memorial well.
From The Gazette "Heritage Extra" of 24th September, 1998.


The funeral cortege of Granville Dudley Ryder passing the Bell on its way St Lawrence Church in 1879
From: Bovingdon - A Celebration of Our Village

Detail from reproduction postcard of Bovingdon Post Office

There was a post office in Bovingdon as early as the 1850s when James Austin is listed as the 'receiver' of mail. The Skinner family then ran the post office until about 1890 when the Beaven family took it over. Cornelius Beaven was a  general blacksmith who ran a small shop in the cottages on the corner of Church Street (opposite the Bull) and latterly his son Joseph started bicycle repair work there. Next door, Cornelius' sister Eliza Beaven ran the village post office.

Bovingdon - History of a Hertfordshire Village

See also Dacorum and Vital Records

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Methodists in Bovingdon in 1825

James Allsey, Unice Allsey, Mary Read, Elizabeth Nightingale, Elizabeth Puddefitt, Sarah Reed, Joseph Kemp, sen., Joseph Kemp, jun., Mary Kemp, William Eames, Thos. Clark,  Keziah Eames, Fanny Eames, Charity Eames,  Martha Rose.

See Methodism in the city of the Proto-Martyr and the St Albans Circuit

June 2010   Ryder Memorial (JV PC)
June 2011   Our Dacorum