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This is the Umbrella Project Page for Hertfordshire, England.

Hertfordshire

  • Administrative centre Hertford
  • County Flower - Pasqueflower
  • People from Hertfordshire are called - ?
  • Famous for:
  • Places of Interest
  • Ashridge estate and house. The Neo Gothic house by James Wyatt, is a Grade 1 listed building
  • Berkhamsted Castle
  • Hatfield House – Jacobean house, gardens and park
  • Rye House Gatehouse in Hoddesdon (part of the Rye House Plot to assassinate King Charles II).

Hertfordshire (abbreviated Herts.) is a ceremonial county of historic origin in the East of England. It is one of the home counties and is bordered by the counties of Bedfordshire to the north, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Essex to the east, and Buckinghamshire to the west, while Greater London lies to the south.

The origin of the name is from the Old English "ford where hart, stag or deer came to drink". The name was forst recorded in 866 as Heortfordscir.

The highest point in the county is 803 feet (245 m) above sea level, a quarter mile (400 m) from the village of Hastoe near Tring.

Much of the county is given over to agriculture. One product, now largely defunct, was water-cress, based in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted supported by reliable, clean chalk rivers. Some quarrying of sand and gravel occurs in the St. Albans area. In the past, clay has supplied local brick-making and still does in Bovingdon, just south-west of Hemel Hempstead. The chalk that is the bedrock of much of the county provides an aquifer that feeds streams and is also exploited to provide water supplies for much of the county and beyond. Chalk has also been used as a building material and, once fired, the resultant lime was spread on agricultural land to improve fertility. The mining of chalk since the early 18th century has left unrecorded underground galleries that occasionally collapse unexpectedly and endanger buildings.

The Districts of Hertfordshire

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  1. Three Rivers
  2. Watford
  3. Hertsmere
  4. Welwyn Hatfield
  5. Broxbourne
  6. East Hertfordshire
  7. Stevenage
  8. North Hertfordshire
  9. St Albans
  10. Dacorum

Hertfordshire Towns

  • Abbots Langley
  • Barnet
  • Berkhampstead
  • Bishop's Stortford
  • Borehamwood
  • Bushey
  • Chestnut
  • Chorleywood
  • Elstree (partly in Middlesex)
  • Harpenden
  • Hatfield
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Hitchin
  • London Colney
  • Oxhey
  • Radlett
  • Royston
  • Sawbridgeworth
  • St. Albans
  • Totteridge
  • Tring
  • Watford
  • Welwyn Garden City
  • Wheathampstead

For Historical information about Hertfordshire visit Historical Hertfordshire - including connections to Historical figures, Gentry and political people connected with Hertfordshire.

For Information about research in the County and Families Researched on Geni (Including Emigrants) go to Hertfordshire- Family Heads

For Famous or Notable People from Hertfordshire visit Hertfordshire - Famous People

Hertfordshire- Monumental Inscriptions and Graveyards

Information regarding processed cemeteries

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Parish Map

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from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

See http://www.geni.com/photo/view/4560155096930045739?photo_id=6000000019134431003 - open full view.

Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hertfordshire