Recent acquisitions to the Library

The Society’s Library is continually acquiring books and other documents through donation and purchase. If you’d like to consult any of them, you can find them in the Library. Some publications can be borrowed – if in doubt, consult one of our friendly librarians.


The most notable work recently added to the Library is the much anticipated The Deeds of the Abbots of St Albans: Gesta Abbatum Monasterii Sancti Albani, Translated by David Preest, edited by James G. Clark. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2019. 1008p., ill.

It is the longest continuous chronicle of a medieval monastery in England. The Deeds records the history of one of the most important abbeys, closely linked to the royal family and home to a school of distinguished chroniclers, including Matthew Paris and Thomas Walsingham. It offers many insights into the life of the monastery, its buildings and its role as a maker of books and covers the period from the Conquest to the mid-fifteenth century”. (Adapted from Boydell publicity).

We are most grateful to three Society members who have sponsored the acquisition of this volume.

Recent journal articles

In London Colney Local History Society; The Record, no. 36, Spring/Summer 2019 pp 9-13 “The London Colney murders, Part 1; the Thrussell murder”, by Ken Barker. George Hill was convicted of the murder of his infant son and hanged. This account is based on contemporary newspaper reports.

In Hendon and District Archaeological Society Newsletter, no. 579, June 2019 pp 6-7 “Arkley greyware medieval pottery production, South Hertfordshire”, by Melvyn Dresner. Pottery at Arkley marks the transition from domestic production for household use to larger scale production for the market. This report is part of continuing work by the society’s finds group.

In Abbots Langley Local History Society Journal, no. 49, Autumn/Winter 2018:

  • pp 12-13 “Coal markers, part 2”, by Kate and Mike Quinton. An illustrated piece describing a variety of coal markers, posts erected in the mid-19th century around London where duty was charged for bringing coal into the city.
  • pp 18-19 “The rake’s progress”, by Sheila Willson. The making of rakes for use in haymaking is described. More than 15 families of rakemakers have been identified in 19th century censuses of Watford and Bushey.

In Abbots Langley and District Local History Society Journal, no. 50, Spring / Summer 2019:

  • pp 14-17 “If only walls could talk”, by Trevor Baker. The walls of this illustrated article are those of Langley House, built of brick around 1750, and those of other old houses in the area. Other brick-related topics are discussed.
  • pp 18-19 “What’s in a name?”, by Wanda Foulkes. Considers the occurrence of the word ‘Redding’, suggesting ‘cleared land’, in field names around Abbots Langley.

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