Detail from John Haywood's Map of Hertfordshire, 1791
Essendon, to the east of Hatfield Park, is quaint and fairly quiet, and commands good views over the Lea Valley to the north and from the churchyard towards the west.
The Church, a western foundation, was restored in 1883; it contains several monuments and brasses and has an Elizabethan chalice and a Baskerville Bible, the later given by the first Marquis of Salisbury. There is a splendid cedar of Lebanon in the churchyard, and the visitor should note the stone built into the exterior of the vestry, with its information that "Chancel, vestry, and organ chamber were reopened on September 2, 1917, after the re-building necessitated by a Zeppelin raid on Sunday September 3, 1916"
On the survey of Church Livings of 1657, by order of Oliver Cromwell, the commissioners reported the living of "Easendon" to be worth £90 a year; that "Mr George Stallubrasse is Parson, whereunto the living of Bayford hath byn annexed."
The house [picture not reproduced here] opposite the church makes a very pleasant corner, with its quaint bay windows.
A Pilgrimage in Hertfordshire, by H M Alderman, 1931
Essendon Village, Herts
Essendon Place (Baron Dimsdale & Baron Essendon)
|Essendon in 1880|
|BECKLEY, Orphanage at Essendon, 1873|
|FROST, Essendon Place, 1840-60|
|WALBY, Essendon, c1875-1890, Gamekeeper|
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ESSENDEN: a small village in the Hundred of Hertford, Union of Hatfield, and overlooking the valley of the Lea, contained, in 1841, 706 inhabitants. It is distant from London 19 miles, from Hatfield station 3 miles east, and from Hertford 6 miles north-west, The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the living is a rectory, of value of about £800 yearly, in the gift of the Marquis of Salisbury. The present rector is the Rev. Robert Holsen Webb. Here is a National school for boys and girls. The area of the parish is 2,170 acres. The Income Tax assessment was £4,541, in 1842.
The Blacksmith's shop in about 1865, from Hertfordshire - A Guide to the Countryside or Hertfordshire - A Photographic Record
Ann has referred to The Story of Essendon, written in 1975 by J. R. Steele and also a later book, Essendon, the Village On A Hill by The Essendon Society when commenting on ROOKE, Hertford, early 19th century. I do not have further details
Local post cards were published by L. Dunckley, T. J. Norton and C.T. Oliver
If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.
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