Contact Lemsford Local History GroupLocal 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for general information Or email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for bank details if you would like to donate by internet banking.
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New Brocket Hall
The estate was sold to Sir Matthew Lamb in 1746 by Thomas Wiinnington . This era was an eventful time Sir Matthew engaged one of the leading architects of the day Sir James Paine and asked him to build a new Brocket hall and Paine did just that. Sir Matthew died around 1765.
James Paine (1717–1789) was an English architect.Essentially a Palladian, early in his career he was Clerk of Works at Nostell Priory, and worked on many other projects in the area including Heath House in the village of Heath in between Nostell Priory and Wakefield.From the 1750s, he had his own practice, and designed many villas, usually consisting of a central building, often with a fine staircase, and two symmetrical wings.
LAround this area had several manors,Symonshyde, Benstead, Heron, and Chewells around the time of Henry III (1207 to 1272 ) these mannors merge and become ‘Watershyppes’Early evidence suggests the house dates back to 1239 and was owned by Simon Fitz Ade. They were also known as FitzSymon.