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.


A particularly interesting addition to the Library’s collection is Writing history in the Anglo-Norman world, edited by Laura Cleaver and Andrea Worm. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2019. 282p., ill. It contains two substantial chapters on Matthew Paris: “Artistic patronage and the early Abbots of St Albans“, by Kathryn Gerry; and “Matthew Paris, Cecilia de Sanford and the early readership of the ‘Vie de Seint Auban‘”, by Laura Slater.

The Pubs of Wheathampstead 1830-1914, by Ruth Jeavons et al. Wheathampstead: Wheathampstead History Society, 2019. 66p., ill. Researched and written by four members of the local society, this charts the effects of the rapid rise in the number of pubs in the parish in the mid-1800s. Decline set in around 1870 and the causes of this are also explored.

Beer & bankruptcy: The rise and fall of a family firm in Victorian Kimpton, by Peter Hale. Kimpton: Kimpton History Group, 2019. 84p., ill. The Kingsley family’s frequent resort to the courts both as plaintiffs and defendants allows the author to uncover a rich history of a country brewery.

Recent journal articles

In Rickmansworth Historical Review, no. 18 June 2019:

  • pp 7-10 “Freight transport by road in west Hertfordshire, part 2”, by Fabian Hiscock. Weather conditions and maintenance could cause delays to canal traffic, so merchants might choose to use the roads instead. This article discusses local road problems, names some of the local carriers, and suggests what they might have carried. The coming of the railways caused a rapid decline in long-distance road freight transport, but vans and carts continued to be used for local deliveries. Experiments were made with steam-powered wagons but these were not successful.
  • pp 14-16 “Baedeker: around Rickmansworth”, by Graham D. Martin. This is a transcription of the Rickmansworth section of the Baedeker guidebook to London and its environs for 1898. It is essentially a walking tour of a very rural area.
  • pp 17-22 “West Hertfordshire: in the steps of Herbert Tompkins, Part 5: Rickmansworth to Abbots Langley via Sarratt and Langleybury, 16 February 2018”, by Brian Thomson. A continuation of the walk following Tompkins account in his book of 1902. (Part 4 was noted in Library Notes of February 2019.)

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