Local History

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Coronation Celebrations

As we’ve all been enjoying ourselves celebrating HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee recently, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at how Tring marked the Coronation in 1953. The weather spoiled many celebrations around the UK on 2 June 1953 when HM Queen Elizabeth II was crowned.  And sadly, Tring was no different. […]

Hazel Road Street Party

Celebrating the Coronation

As we’ve all been enjoying ourselves celebrating HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee recently, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a look back at how Berkhamsted and the surrounding villages marked the Coronation in 1953. We’re always at the mercy of the weather in this country when it comes to outdoor celebrations […]

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Wigginton’s Rich History

‘Wigginton is not a suburb of Tring, but instead a vibrant place with its own distinctive personality,’ says Wigginton History Society member, Richard Tregoning Folklore has it that in the 18th century, London released all the pimps and prostitutes and placed them in Wigginton – perhaps why it was known in the past as Wicked […]

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800 Years of Worship

St Peter’s Church has been on its Berkhamsted High Street site since 1222. As it gets ready to celebrate its 800th anniversary we take a look at its long history. St Peter’s Church was built in 1222 just a few years after the Magna Carta was signed and has been present for the people of […]

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Making it in the Movies

Ever wondered why the National Film Archive ended up in a Hertfordshire market town? We take a look at its story – and what happens there now… The BFI National Archive is one of the largest film archives in the world. Its history goes back to 1935. At its inception, it was known as the […]

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Charles Rothschild – the Forgotten Younger Brother?

Walter Rothschild is famous for driving a carriage drawn by zebras and of course his collection that formed the basis  of Tring’s Natural History Museum, but his younger brother left a lasting legacy that should not be forgotten… He may not be quite as well known as his more flamboyant older brother but Charles Rothschild […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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, […]