A2A

Access to Archives

Old Herts 

Web Sites

Many web sites are continually being updated and it is impossible for me to monitor all these changes. You should therefore visit this web site to discover the facilities currently offered.

Web Site: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a

This is an important online data base which allows you to search the online indexes of a large number of records offices and other organisations, and to demonstrate how useful it can be I carried out searches for St Albans and Sandridge and selected a few of the answers as examples.

The search facilities at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk includes a search of A2A - and is easier to use.

At the end of 2004 the following Hertfordshire organisations had contributed to the archive:

It is essential to realise that the in many cases only part of the collections have been online indexed to date and the data base is continually being updated. When I first checked some  50,000 records from HALS were included (the number is now greater), and the Buckinghamshire Records Index were far from complete. In addition the level of indexing will vary from archive to archive and is increasing steadily with time.

Records Office

Year

Details

House of Lords Record Office: House of Lords

1548

An Act for Richard Bourman Clerk, to erect a Free School in St. Albans in the County of Hertford.

London Metropolitan Archives: Gibson family:

1677

Petition of Richard Sibley of Waterend Farm, Sandridge, Herts. in a dispute in Chancery with Dame Francis Hamilton and others, heirs of John Jenyns, concerning the impropriate tithes of Sandridge

House of Lords Record Office: House of Lords

1677

An Act to enable Sir John Cotton Baronet, to dispose of a Messuage called St. Jermans, and Lands therewith used near St. Albans in the County of Hertford, and to settle other Lands in lieu thereof.

Buckinghamshire Records and Local Studies Service: Records of the Cavendish Family

1689/90

Estate Deeds - (i) Thomas Kentish of St. Albans, gent., and Mary his wife, John Lacey, late of Princes Risborough, scrivener and Mary his wife, John Gurney of Chesham, yeoman, and Elizabeth his wife, Thomas Seaverne of Chesham, weaver, and Mary his wife.

Surrey History Centre: Surrey Quarter Sessions:

1721

Notice by the overseers of the poor of Sandridge, Hertfordshire of their intention to appear at the next sessions to appeal against an order for the removal Thomas Rowlings and his wife from Lambeth

London Metropolitan Archives: Allen-Cooper family

1728-9

Lease and Release - 1. John Oxton of St. Albans, co. Herts. gentleman, son and heir of John Oxton the younger, late of the Weld in parish of St. Stephens, co. Herts, yeoman, deceased, son and heir of John Oxton the elder, late of Hendon, deceased.

London Metropolitan Archives: Gibson family

1743

Edmund, Bishop of London to John Gibson B.A., in the parish church of St. Stephen near St. Alban's, Herts. at a yearly salary of 30.

Cumbria Record Office, Kendal: Westmorland Quarter Sessions

1753

Examination, 3 October 1753, Margaret Evans, has a husband now living whose settlement and residence is at St. Albans in Hertfordshire, the child now with her, called Mary, is her daughter by the said husband, and she was delivered on Sunday last:

for Margaret Evans to go from Birkbeck Fells to Dalton, Lancashire, and thence to St. Albans, Hertfordshire

Surrey History Centre: Surrey Quarter Sessions

1758

Brief for the inhabitants of St Peters, St Albans, Herts, (appellants) against the inhabitants of Clapham (respondents) over the removal of Ann Dobbs (?or Sleap).

Account for charges incurred by the parish of St Peter in St Albans for maintaining Ann Sleap and children.

Removal Order: Ann Dobbs and children, Clapham to St Peter in St Albans, Herts

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service: Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions

1761

Recognizance by Samuel Hall of St Albans, Herts, in 20, payable if his son, Josiah Hall, shall default in his appearance before the Bedfordshire Justices regarding a bastard child of Mary Smart of Riseley of which he is said to be the father

Buckinghamshire Records and Local Studies Service: Duncombe of Bletchley and Great Brickhill:

1770

Property in Rotten Row: Lease and Release -(ii) William Fossey of Sandridge Bury, co. Herts, son and heir of Mary Fossey of Dunstable, widow.

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service: Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions

1772

Samuel Odell, wife Martha, John (9) Anne (6) Samuel (5), Nathaniel (3) and Susannah (1); Ampthill to Abbey Parish in St Albans

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service: Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions

1773

Appeal by the inhabitants of the Abbey Parish, St Albans, against removal of the Odell family. Order is quashed, the family is to be reconveyed to Ampthill who are to pay the Abbey Parish 2 19s 6d for their expenses in supporting the family

Lancashire Record Office: Lancashire County Quarter Sessions: Petitions

1806

St. Albans, Herts. Account of maintenance of dependant of Thomas Tarbuck, substitute, serving in the Royal Lancashire Militia for John Pickering of Liverpool

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service: Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions

1808

Vagrants, Poor etc: Account of appeal by the Abbey parish, St Albans, against an order for the removal of Mary Brown, widow, her son Henry, aged 14, Elizabeth her daughter aged 8, William her son aged 6 and Joseph her son aged 4, from Woburn to said Abbey parish, by which the Court quashed the order subject to the opinion of the Court of King's Bench.

John Hilliard, of St Albans, has refused to give evidence. With opinion of V Gibbs, L.I., that John Hilliard was compellable to give evidence. Woburn parish should take the advice of King's Bench on the matter.

London Metropolitan Archives: Allen-Cooper family

1817

Lease and Release - John Edward Boys of Pinner, gent, son and heir of John Boys late of St. Albans, gent, deceased to Issac Piggott of St. Albans, gent.

Buckinghamshire Records and Local Studies Service: Parrott and Coales, Solicitors

1826-1836

Deeds of properties at Verulam Road, Dagnall Lane and Holyhead Road, St. Albans, Herts.

Buckinghamshire Records and Local Studies Service: Parrott and Coales, Solicitors

1828

Bundle of wills labelled "Old wills and copies" - item: Robert Adams of St. Albans, Herts

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service: Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions

1830

Depos. of Wm. Cook, St. Peters, St. Albans, Herts. Found at 6 a.m. lost a donkey, one of 8, from his yard. Traced its footsteps to the Sandridge Rd, and then from enquiries along the rd. was led to Biggleswade, where he found there was a fair. The donkey and Jas. Catlin were pointed out to him; he put Catlin in the constable's charge. Exam. of Dan. Hale, B'wade; toll man of B'wade market. The day before "our Fair" Catlin offered to sell him a donkey and some time afterwards Cook asked him if he had seen a white donkey and a man with a striped waistcoat. He led Cook to Catlin.

If you want to see any document mentioned above you will need the reference from the data base - and either you, or your agent, will need to visit the Records Office - although for some small documents you may be able to buy a photocopy of the original document.

See Hertford County Reformatory, Bengeo, circa 1900 for an example which highlights some of the limitations in using this package.

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