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This is an active village page which includes some useful historical information. For instance the following list gives the 16th century tenants of the mill:
1516 William Carter leased the Mill for £4/-/- per year
1561 George Carpenter leased the Mill for 21 years at eleven and a half quarters of wheat, reserving fishing rights.
1571 Lease to Thomas Carpenter of a Watermill at Wheathampstead, reserving the banks of the river and half the eels taken at the Mill for 11 years at twelve and a half quarters of wheat per annum.
1598 John Clark. Watermill, reserving fishing rights. At 10 quarters oats, half wheat, 2 oatmeal and 4 capons.
There are some old pictures of the village and web pages include information on the history of St Helen's church, and family history information on the Brocket family.
A visit to this site reveals significant updates with many more old photographs.
Details are also given of a number of early families (Barnes, Boon, Bozier, Brockett, Burg, Burgess & others, Bygrave, Catline & others, Carter, Chennells, Cobb, Collins, Deamer & Swallow, Dollimore, Ellingham, Ewer, French, Gathard, Gatward, Hall, Hecker, Hooper, King and others, Lines, Marks, Messer, Munt, Norris, Rainsden/ Rainsdon/ Hornet, Robards & Lake, Robins, Saunders, Shambrook, Sparrow, Sygrave, Thrale, Tidd/Tydd, Titmuss, Tomalin, Welch, Westwood, Wilsher) - including links to relevant web sites.
Several current historical publications about Wheathampstead may be purchased:
Tales from Old Wheathampstead and Gustardwood 1900-
Wheathampstead Railway Recollections
There is a detailed report of a talk on Wheathampstead in 1901, including a list of the 21 public houses.
Another check shows that the site is very extensive with a very large number of photographs.
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Page updated July 2010