Local History

Living Magazines High Street Berkhamsted

Scandal, Secret Tunnels and Sausages

Many of us are really appreciating being able to pop to the pub for Sunday lunch or for a quick pint or glass of wine, so it seemed a suitable time to take a look at the history behind our local watering holes Berkhamsted’s public houses have a lengthy history – in fact brewing and […]

Living Magazines Old Green Man Tring

Ye Olde Pubs of Tring

Since lockdown easing, many of us are really appreciating being able to pop to the pub for Sunday lunch or for a quick pint or glass of wine, so it seemed a good time to take a look at the history behind our local watering holes The number of pubs Tring boasted in the past […]

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A League of Its Own

Heather Harris takes a look back at Tring’s proud sporting roots with this focus on two of the town’s teams When it comes to balls – whether oval or round – Tring certainly has a great tradition. For such a relatively small town, it clearly has a history of attracting a number of extremely sporting […]

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Discovering our Victorian Ancestors

Berkhamsted’s Rectory Lane Cemetery can tell some fascinating tales, as Community Engagement Office Kate Campbell explains The previously neglected Rectory Lane Cemetery has been transformed over the past three years ‘from a dead space to a living place’ with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the work and dedication of many volunteers […]

Living Magazines James Osborne VC

James Osborne VC

Who was James Osborne? Born 13 April 1857 in a small cottage in Wigginton later demolished by Lord Rothschild and replaced with a new Huckvale design in 1912. He was a volunteer soldier before joining the regular army in early 1877 and later that year served as a Private with the Northamptonshire Regiment (58th Foot) […]

Living Magazines Skating Berkhamsted Castle Christmas 1890

A tale of two Christmases

Christmas can be a very different beast depending on how much money you have, and that was certainly true in the 19th century… In the 1800s the wealthy and the poorest people in the land were worlds apart, as this tale of two festive seasons shows. A report in the Bucks Herald in January 1887, […]

Living Magazines Father Christmas distributing gifts to the evacuees in Albert Street Tring in 1939

Ghosts of Christmas past

This Christmas may be a little different for all of us, but what was Christmas like for Tringalings in the past? As a hotel, Pendley Manor hosts Christmas for many guests each year, and when it was opened as a Centre for Adult Education by Dorian Williams in 1947, it also played host to a […]

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A Wild Tale

How did a mysterious wild boy from Germany find his way to Northchurch? In the churchyard at St Mary’s, Northchurch, is a gravestone with a rather unusual engraving. It simply says PETER the Wild Boy 1785. So, who was Peter, and how did he come to be buried in a small Hertfordshire village? His tale […]

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Bly Spirit

The Bly family has a long association with the town of Tring, as John Bly explains ‘The Bly’s first connection with Tring dates back to the 1440s when a group of French noblemen, their sires and assorted retinue arrived in the area and settled here. ‘And when a descendant of Stephen of Blois married into […]

Living Magazines Tring Cinema

The History of Tring Cinema

Tring has enjoyed a cinema in some form or other since the end of the 19th century. With help from our friends at Tring Local History Society and WHERE ELSE we’ve found out more The very first mention of a cinema in Tring was when, in 1897, the first motion pictures were reported as having […]

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Berkhamsted Place

The Elizabethan country manor at the top of Castle Hill survived for almost 400 years before it was demolished. Here’s a potted history. Berkhamsted Place was a mansion house built at the top of Castle Hill, where it remained for almost 400 years, until 1967 when it was sadly demolished. The history of Berkhamsted Place […]

Living Magazines William Cowper

In Cowper’s Country

In the first of our new series, the Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society tells more about our town’s history. According to the Bucks Herald, the poet William Cowper was born in Berkhamsted in 1731. This is from an article in 1892: ‘Berkhampstead is well worth visiting, firstly, because English history – or, at any […]