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Long Marston

"Straggling crossroads place stuck in the dullish, well-watered flatlands north of Tring. The ruined, ivy-covered flint tower is all that remains of a deserted medieval church - a must for the modern-day follower of the Tour of Dr Syntax (Rowlandson). A new church, uninspired in itself, incorporates fragments of the old - chancel arch and windows - and also the Perpendicular aisle piers from Tring parish church. In the main street are plain cottages, a bit of timber-framing and weather-boarding in good harmony. Some thoughtless new development.
"In 1751 the village pond was the scene of England's last witch-lynching, when Ruth Osborn, the 'witch', was captured and drowned. One of her tormentors ended up gibbeted at Gubblecote Cross (1/2 m. E.), close to the moated site of a deserted medieval village."
[From Hertfordshire (a Shell Guide),R. M. Healey , Faber & Faber, London, 1982]

Church Records

The Parish Registers for the periods:-

are deposited at Hertfordshire Record Office, County Hall, Hertford, SG13 8DE. [D/P111A]

Entries from the Marriage Registers for the period 1820-1837 are included in The Allen Index at Hertfordshire Record Office.

The period 1805-1871 is covered by the IGI.

Transcripts of the parish registers for the period 1606-1871 are deposited at the Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, LONDON, EC1M 7BA.


The Victoria County History pages for Tring with Long Marston offer a very complete history of the parish.

see also Tring.

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