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"Hertford is a market town, and borough both corporate and parliamentary, possessing separate jurisdiction, locally in the hundred of its name - 21 miles N. from London, 28 S.S.E. from Bedford, 32 S. from Cambridge, and the like distance S. by W. from Chelmsford; pleasantly situated on the River Lea, which is navigable to the town for small craft.
"The opinions of etymologists and historians are at variance with respect to the origins of its modern name: according to the venerable Bede it is derived from Herud-ford, or 'Red-ford', an appellation acquired from a sanguinary battle fought on its site; while others deduce it from Here-ford, a 'military ford.' The corporate seal, however, represents a hart in the water, and the most prominent feature in the town's arms is a hart couchant: in ancient times the neighbourhood abounded with deer - and it may hence be inferred (an inference coincident with existing tradition), that its name originated from Hart and ford - imperceptibly changed to HERTFORD."
[From Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of Herts, Pigot & Co., London, 1839]


Jill Ashby has a Herts Burials and Memorials website which contains over 30,000 photographs of graves and monuments in mid-Hertfordshire, including Essendon, Hatfield, Hertford, Hitchin, Lemsford, Northaw, Potters Bar, Redbourne, Sandridge, St. Albans, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, and Wheathampstead.

Military Records

Tracy Turner has put together a website on the Hertford War Memorial (at, which contains some historical notes about the memorial, and the names of the men and women (including civilians) commemorated there from WWI and WWII.

She is putting together a book on the memorial for publication, and would therefore be pleased to hear from the relatives and descendants of those commemorated.

The Web site appears not have had any activity since July 2008 but can be found on the Wayback Machine


Church Records

For Anglican church records see individual Parishes.

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