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Village People

2nd of September 2007

Donald and Sally Main are delighted to welcome their fifth grandchild and second granddaughter, Rose Vincent, daughter of Nancy and Jason. She was born on June 21 and shares a birthday with her sister, Celeste, who is 2 years older. Clive & Popsi Stokes are delighted to announce the marriage of their daughter Kirsty to […]

News From St Paul's School

2nd of June 2007

The Spring Term ended with a lovely Easter Service which was well attended by parents. The children told the story of Jesus passion and resurrection through their art work, readings and music. Rev. Jim Stevens spoke to the children about Easter not just being a story, but a real event. We said goodbye and good […]

James Mason At Olleberrie Farm

2nd of March 2007

I have learnt that many people came to live locally during World War Two, in order to escape from the bombing in London. According to Canon Jefferies, the Vicar of Chipperfield 1915-46, the population increased by 500 during the war years. Some people told me that James Mason, star of both stage and screen in […]

The Dunny Lane Tea-room

20th of February 2007

CHIPPERFIELD WITHIN LIVING MEMORY Situated in the vicinity of the Catholic Church gateway in Dunny Lane, there used to be a long wooden hut, which was raised up on short wooden stilts and faced the road. According to Peggy Harpley, local children had great fun crawling underneath it. The hut belonged to Trust Houses Ltd, […]

Care Of The Poor And Sick In Chipperfield

2nd of November 2006

Quite recently, I just happened to be looking at the Chipperfield/Kings Langley section of the 1822 Ordnance Survey Map, when my eyes alighted upon the words Pest House. Pest House Lane, now Croft Lane, was clearly marked and there on the left hand side, at the lane end, was marked the Pest House. So at […]

History Re-lived At Blackwells

2nd of September 2006

The people of Chipperfield must have been very excited when the Men’s and Women’s Clubs were officially opened by Samuel Blackwell in 1922. The progress of Waterhouse’s builders would have been watched for months by the villagers and the future use of the facilities would have been a general topic of conversation. Until then, the […]

The Blackwell Family Of Chipperfield

2nd of July 2006

John Parsley, the rather reclusive farmer and Lord of the Manor, lived in Pingelsgate House, which we now know as the Manor House. He is best remembered now as the man who sold the land on which St Paul’s Church was built in 1838.  He was married to Mary Finch, daughter of John Finch of […]

Around The Pill Pond

2nd of June 2006

The vicinity of the Pill Pond at Chipperfield looks idyllic and serene, but how much more so it was in 1915 when Bertha and Jim Saunders moved there. That was the year when their son Chris was born. His parents were on the threshold of a new venture when they bought Rose Farm from the […]

Early History Of St. Paul's Church

19th of March 2006

The architect of St. Paul’s Church was Thomas Talbot Bury (1811-1877). He was articled to Pugin and designed 35 churches, including Tring and Bovingdon Church, where there is a stained glass window dedicated to his memory by his sister. The cost of building the church was just under £1,500 which was raised by public subscription. […]

John Nichols Memorial Prize

2nd of March 2006

John Nichols served on Chipperfield Parish Council for 37 years, on Dacorum Borough Council for over 20 years, was elected Mayor of Dacorum in 1987 and became an Honorary Alderman in 1999. He was also a keen local historian and it was largely through years of his determined efforts that we have the Dacorum Heritage […]

Fire Services

2nd of February 2006

The threatened closure of the Bovingdon Fire Station brings to mind thoughts of how Chipperfield was provided with this vital service in times gone by. In 2003 I went to a Dacorum Heritage Trust exhibition in Hemel Hempstead and much to my surprise one of the exhibits was a County Fire Insurance Mark, which had […]

Christmas Cards

2nd of December 2005

Christmas cards which were on sale at the Hollyberry Fair may be ordered from Mary Nobbs (telephone: 01923 269480). Each pack of 10 cards contains two different 1838 views of St Paul’s Church. The sepia prints on quality white card contain a seasonal greeting, measure 21cm x 15cm and cost #3.50 per pack. Packs of […]

Church Memorials In Chipperfield

2nd of December 2005

A survey of the memorials at St Paul’s Church and the Baptist Church has just been published by the Hertfordshire Family History Society. This includes inscriptions of graves in the churchyards and their location as far as is possible together with details of wall tablets/plaques and window dedications. The price is #4 and copies are […]

Chipperfield Within Living Memory

2nd of December 2005

Chipperfield Telephone Exchange On page 57 of Chipperfield Within Living Memory Mary Moore tells us about the Chipperfield Telephone Exchange, which was situated in the Iron Room. This stood at the back of the Red Admiral and next to Inglenook opposite the War Memorial. Now thanks to research carried out be two members of the […]

Chipperfield Within Living Memory

2nd of June 2005

Thomas Bigg’s Chipperfield Connections Those of you who have looked at the new village map will have noticed a picture of two sides of a coin in the bottom right hand corner. On the obverse side of the coin is the name THOMAS BIGG 1669, arranged around a representation of the coat of arms of […]

Chipperfield Parish Council Annual Report 2004-2005

2nd of April 2005

GENERALThis past year has been sad, difficult and often frustrating. John Pringle, our Parish Clerk for the past 12 years , who had been seriously ill for many months, died in September 2004. More recently, Arthur Hirst, our Village Warden, died suddenly in January 2005. The village owes a lot to both these men, who […]

Chipperfield Within Living Memory

2nd of March 2005

Why Windmill Hill?On the back page of Miss Liddle’s book, ‘Notes on Old Chipperfield’, there is an advertisement for the sale of a four storey, stock mill, situated on a desirable plot of about one acre. It is described as having been erected within recent years at considerable expense, being in good repair, having two […]

Chipperfield Within Living Memory

2nd of February 2005

WHIPPENDELL BOTTOMIn the 1920s/30s, you would have seen a very large signboard at the bottom of Whippendell Hill, advertising St. Dunstan’s Poultry Farm, where you could have bought stock birds, eggs for hatching, day old chicks, poultry houses and fencing materials etc. The business was established in 1915, to train disabled ex-servicemen, from the First […]

Street Names – Croft Lane

2nd of November 2004

Long standing residents of Chipperfield will recall that Croft Lane used to be called Pest House Lane. More recent residents may wish to know more. I am only able to throw light on this by quoting from Miss Liddle’s book, Notes On Old Chipperfield, which is no longer in print: “Close to Chapel Croft in […]

School Dinners At Blackwells

19th of October 2004

Chipperfield Within Living Memory. For parents of today’s pupils at St Paul’s School, it may just be a question of either school dinners or packed lunches, to be consumed on the premises, but back in the Second World War it was a different matter. War was declared on 3rd September 1939 and within a week […]