Paperback, 40 pages, Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
The story of the foundation of a powerful Norman castle in the time of William the Conqueror and how it was modified by Thomas Becket and the earls of Cornwall. The castle remains are studied in minute detail with many photographs explaining its development.
Paperback, 94 pages, Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm
Lefevre James Cranstone was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1822. He developed an interest in art from an early age and was enrolled at Henry Sass’ School of Art in 1838 before entering the Royal Academy School as a probationer in 1840. During his artistic career he exhibited several paintings at the Royal Academy and at the Society of British Artists.
Paperback, 128 pages, Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
The title of the Ironworks is misleading, since the premises were located in the Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, but in the pre-New Town days many households and businesses at the lower end of the Marlowes, being in Boxmoor parish, actually had Boxmoor phone numbers. Over the last 30 years the Dacorum Heritage Trust has produced many exhibitions connected with the area. Both “Agriculture in Dacorum” and “Archaeology in Dacorum” have explored the farming background in some detail, and some of this information is reflected here, giving a relevant context to the work of local agricultural engineers and famr implement manufacturers. The fascinating story of ironfounding in the area is also detailed, as well as the history of the plough and the ceremonies associated with it.
Paperback, Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
Have you ever wondered where your street or road got its name from and if there was any particular reason for it being called what it is? Well, help is at hand in the shape of this new reference book which delves into the street and road names (and more!) of Hemel Hempstead.
Hardback, 143 pages, Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm
Have you ever wondered why the railway, which arrived in 1837, by-passed Hemel Hempstead and stopped instead at Boxmoor? The route was planned to pass through the Gade Valley, it included part of Gadebridge, the estate that belonged to Sir Astley Paston Cooper, which flanked the west of the High Street. When Sir Astley, with the help of Lord Brownlow of Ashridge, forced a re-routing in 1833 it could only spell disaster for the trades people of Hemel Hempstead. Find out more about the family and discover what life was like in Hemel Hempstead’s High Street.
Paperback, 73 pages, Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
These memoirs were recorded in 1979 and have been brought together into one booklet. Included in the booklet are; a collection of stories about the canal at Tring. Memories of a British Waterways canal Engineer. Memoirs of a canal boatbuilder at Tring. John Dickinson and the canal. Canal reminiscences of working at for Dickinson’s at Apsley. Memoirs of a Boxmoor man. Memoirs of a boatwoman.