Welcome to Lemsford Local History Group
The Lemsford Local History Group, formed in 2001, is interested in all aspects of the history and the people of this area - both ancient and modern. We welcome correspondence from anyone who shares this interest. Above Image Lemsford Village 1905
The parish of Lemsford was created out of the parish of Bishop's Hatfield in 1859
The parish of Lemsford was created out of the parish of Bishop's Hatfield in 1859. Originally the parish included Lemsford Village itself, with the outlying areas of Cromer Hyde, Stanborough and the Brocket Park Estate plus part of the west side of what is now Welwyn Garden City.Image Lemsford Village 1905
The A1 motorway follows roughly the course of the "Old Great North Road" .
The river Lea, which once formed part of the boundary of the Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex runs through the parish. The A1 motorway, the main arterial road, follows roughly the course of the "Old Great North Road" from London to York.Its starts with the Old Bull (now known as 'The East') and ends at the Ayots with the Waggoners and Red Lion. Above Image The Waggoners around 1910.
Lemsford Local History Group group archives
The group archives now include a significant number of photographs and documents, as well as records of baptisms (to 1985), marriages (to 1970), burials (to 2003) and memorial inscriptions (to 2003) from the St John's parish church registers. The archive also contains admission records for the village school as well as al our research documentation and image library. Above image is of Lemsford School around 1900
Find out about Lemsford Village
Lemsford Village is on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City and its Church is St Johns C of E and School is also St Johns, it has 2 Pubs The Sun and the Long and Short and a Mill on the River Lea which runs through the Village. Above image from 1920 and shows 6 men on a wall outside the old Long & Short.
Cromer Hyde is Hamlet in the Parish of Lemsford
Cromer Hyde is a hamlet near to the Village it has its own Pub , The Crooked Chimney (formally the Chequers) and a lane which once boasted 3 farms and now has a thriving community. Above Image is the Chequers from 1910. Now known as the Crooked Chimney
Visit Stanborough, the start of the Parish and home of the lakes.
Stanborough is an area to the south of the Village with own pub ‘The East’ formally ‘The Bull’. It is now well known for its lakes which were built in 1967. Above image Is the Bull at Stanborough in 1938, Newly built and moved from across the road
Brocket Hall - Early evidence suggests the house dates back to 1239
Early evidence suggests the house dates back to 1239. Joan De Fauconberg Married in 1393 To Thomas Brocket 1383 – 1431 (The First Brocket in Herts) The Brockets originated from Yorkshire and had No Children. The Brockets ended when Mary Brocket in 1597 marries Sir Thomas Reade (1545 – 1604). 1921 the house was bought by Sir Charles Nall Cain who bought the title Lord Brocket from Lloyd George in 1933. Above image is Brocket Hall Staff in 1924
The Village of Lemsford - View Village website
Lemsford Local History Group
The Lemsford Local History Group, formed in 2001, is interested in all aspects of the history and the people of this area - both ancient and modern. We welcome correspondence from anyone who shares this interest. The group archives now include a significant number of photographs and documents, as well as records of baptisms (to 1985), marriages (to 1970), burials (to 2003) and memorial inscriptions (to 2009) from the St John's, Lemsford parish registers. Records of baptisms, marriages and burials before the consecration of the church in 1859 will be found in the registers of the parish of St. Ethelreda, Hatfield. The archive also contains admission records for Lemsford school, now St. John's Church of England Junior Mixed Infants school. We hope that you will enjoy reading about the people and the history of the parish of Lemsford in our web-site and would be delighted if you would like to contribute to the site with your own memories, photographs or family history. We welcome your comments and are happy to search through our archives to try to answer your enquiries.
Contact us on email@example.com for general information Or firstname.lastname@example.org to donate images and articles about Lemsford ParishWe have enjoyed researching and building this site. However we are a small group with limited resources and if it has been of help or given you pleasure a small donation to the Lemsford Local History Group to help with the costs would be much appreciated.
Cheques, payable to the Society, should be sent to our Chairman at 7 Great North Road Stanborough, WELWYN GARDEN CITY, Herts AL8 7TH . Please write 'donation' on the back. Please email email@example.com for bank details if you would like to donate by internet banking.