Snippets of Ashwell's History

Volume 1

David Short


Illustrated by
Phil Collins


Foreword by
Lionel Munby

Published by
Ashwell Education Services
1997

ISBN: 0 9529828 0 3


Contents

Foreword by Lionel Munby - 5
Introduction - 6
The History of Ashwell - in a Snippet - 7
People of Ashwell - 9
Samuel Harradine - 10
The Thorn Family - 12
Robert Wilson - 14
The Bryants and 19th Century Emigration - 16
The Fordhams and 19th Century Emigration - 18
Buildings of Ashwell - 21
Fordham's Brewery - 22
The Lychgate - 24
The Lockup - 26
Mills in Ashwell - 28
Merchant Taylors' School and the Museum - 30
Inventories and the Six Bells - 32
More about the Six Bells - 34
Church and Chapels of Ashwell - 37
The Tower of St Mary's Church - 38
The 16th Century Clock in St Mary's Church - 40
The Ecclesiastical Census of 1851 - 42
The Weathercock on St Mary's Tower - 44
Miscellaneous - 47
The Creation of Ashwell and Domesday Book - 48
Domesday Book and the Decline of Ashwell Market - 50
Changes to New Year's Day - 52
John Betjeman on Ashwell - 54
Roads of the Parish - 56
Christian Names in 1851 - 58
Highley Hill - 60
Pricems Field and a Roman Villa - 62
Governing Ashwell - 65
The Overseers' Accounts and Poor Relief - 66
The Governing of Ashwell - 68
Vicars and Rectors - 70
'Ashwell Water for Ashwell People' - 72
Justice during the Reign of Elizabeth I - 74
Merchant Taylors' School - 77
Henry Colbron, Founder of the
Merchant Taylors' School in Ashwell - 78
More about Henry Colbron - 80
Recent Changes at the Merchant Taylors' Centre - 82


Review
As should be expected from the Chairman of HALH (Hertfordshire Association for Local History), this booklet gives a fascinating insight into the ephemera of life in the unique north Hertfordshire village of Ashwell. Crammed full of detail on people and rural incidents, 'Snippets' will appeal to social and family historians wherever their area of research. Many of the short essays have been published before in the Ashwell village magazine, Ashwell News but as this, inevitably, has a limited circulation, the format provides the ideal opportunity to reach a wider audience and David is to be congratulated for piloting the material through the stormy waters of publication.
Phil Collin's drawings are a joy. They are clear, crisp and to the point. Some other illustrators should take note!
(Published in Hertfordshire's Past Issue 42 Autumn 1997)

 

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