Hertfordshire Genealogy

Guide to Old Hertfordshire






Adjacent Parishes: Flamstead, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Market Street (= Markyate), St Michaels (St Albans), Wheathampstead

It is in the Cashio Hundred

The Parish was part of the St Albans Union.

Redbourn, an ancient town on the River Ver, in St Albans Union and Liberty, and on Watling Street, 24 miles form London, 4 miles north-east of Hemel Hempstead station, 4 miles north-west of St Albans. Previous to railway being opened upwards of 80 coaches passed through, and now there is not a single conveyance. In 1831 the population was 2,024, and the number of acres is 4,260, assessed to the Property Tax, in 1815, at 6,499, and, in 1842, at 9,577. On the river are mills, and there are fairs on the first Wednesday after Jan. 1st, on Easter Wednesday, and on Whit Wednesday. The church, mile south west, is ancient, but recently restored, and the living is a vicarage, valued R. R. 1834 at 302 per annum, in the gift and impropriation of the Earl of Verulam. The vicar is the Rev. William S. Wade. Aubury, close to Foster's Farm, is an ancient camp of large size, mile south-west. Dean end, Revel end, Hammond's end, Beeson's end, and Rothampstead are places in the neighbourhood.

1850 Post Office Directory

Redbourn Common lies to the west of the High Street, and is over half a mile long ... The Common is the home of the Cricket Club, the oldest known team in the country, dating from 1666. Matches are played here every week-end during the season with a cricket week in August and the occasional celebrity match. Some of the many lively organisations in the village arrange fetes on the common during the summer, a fair visits twice a year, the village bonfire and fireworks evening is becoming an established event, followed a few days later by the Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial ,,,

The Hertfordshire Village Book

See review of Redbourn for information on The Cricketers Inn.

Book: Redbourn's History

Book: The Story of Redbourn

Book: Redbourn by May Walker

Books by Geoff Webb: Redbourn through time, The Character of Redbourn, Redbourn Memories, Redbourn Reflections,  A Redbourn Commoner. In addition a number of his Redbourn photographs are on the web site Hertfordshire Memories.


St Mary's Parish Church

Redbourn in 1746

Redbourn in 1904

Redbourn's Coaching Inns

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Selected Answers

Leonard (Len) George Fisher (1892 1916)
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Church End, Redbourn
Postcard showing the view from the Church Tower, with The Avenue in the distance.
Posted 1904


The Avenue, Redbourn

The Bedwell Series


The Ford

Harpenden Lane



Harpenden Lane, Redbourn

D. B. Skillman, Harpenden

3rd Series

Posted 1905

The Kennels of the South Hertfordshire Beagles were at Beaumont Hall, Redbourn.
The history of this pack is given in a history of Hunting in Hertfordshire, published in parts in the Hertfordshire Countryside in the 1940s.

A bomb crater at Redbourn, from the zeppelin raid of 2nd/3rd September 1916, The figures include Bill Quick and Arthur 'Jim' Dayton.

Source: Hertfordshire Memories


The Redbourn Methodist Church   - opened 1876


For an account of Methodism in Redbourn in the early 19th century see Methodism in the city of the Proto-Martyr and the St Albans Circuit

Book: Reconstruction and Measurement of Landscape Change - Detailed study of the parishes around St Albans 

Occupations: Coaches and Inns, Redbourn, 1830's (Includes information on the Black Horse and White Horse Inns.)

Web Site: The Redbourn site at http://www.redbourn.org.uk/ contains significant historical information. 

The Tabenacle

May 2010   Link to new book
October 2010   Link to image of card of Harpenden lane
November 2010   Update Geoff Webb books and the Tabenacle
May 2011   Bomb crater