Therfield in The Times, 1785-1985
|References to Therfield found in The Times Digital Archive,
a Thomson Gale "Free For All Trial Site", during the first week
of May 2004. The URL has since disappeared. A few brief items are transcribed in full, but most are
quoted from, and some are summarised.
If your ancestors were natives of Therfield, you
probably won't find much
of interest here anyway, because this motley collection of clergy, gentry,
farmers, and soldiers (and
their families) were
mostly outsiders. If nothing else, the quoted pieces give an
interesting flavour of the changes in newspaper style and language since 1795.
Surnames use CAPITAL letters, but there is also a
- 1961 - "Dr. W. R. MATTHEWS, Dean of St Paul's, last night dedicated this
new east window in the Church of St Mary Virgin,
Therfield, near Royston, Herts. The window, which depicts the
resurrection, was given to the church by the widow of a local farmer, Mr. J.
H. JOHNSON." The article included a grainy black & white
photo, but there is a much better colour one at this site - see
Pictures, Church (inside).
- 1792 - "The Rev. Mr. WEFTON, Rector of Tharfield,
in Hertfordfhire, is prefented to the firft Golden Prebend in the Cathedral
Church of Durham."
- 1825 - A young man [not
named], shepherd to Mr. FREE, of Tharfield,
Hertfordshire, was committed to Hertford Gaol for stealing the whole
flock (over 60) from a neighbouring farmer named WARD, and selling them
at Newmarket fair.
- 1828 - "John JACKSON was
indicted for burglariously
entering the dwelling-house of Mr. John PHILLIPS, at
Therfield, and stealing therein one double-barrelled gun, one
single-barrelled gun, a pound note of the Royston Bank, and other
goods, the property of the said John PHILLIPS. Verdict guilty.
Sentenced to transportation for life."
- 1836 - A report from the Hertford
Press newspaper of a "tremendous storm of wind" in the neighbourhood and
town of Hitchin. The article concludes with, "... Luton, Weston, and
Therfield have also been affected by this
- 1839 - "... A person named CAMP, parish clerk of
Therfield, near Royston, applied to the
clergyman to have the bans of marriage between him and his niece published
in the church. This request being denied, CAMP went to the board of
guardians, had the intended marriage published, and was duly joined to his
niece by the registrar. This is prohibited by the church. CAMP
was immediately dismissed from his clerkship by the vicar..."
- 1847 - Will of Rev. William HERBERT, who left, "... the property
purchased by him in Therfield to his son
- 1858 - House of Commons petition, ".. from Protestant Dissenters at
Therfield, Herts, for the withdrawal of
Government aid or sanction to idolatry and caste, and for securing religious
freedom to all classes in India."
- 1860 - House of Lords report, "The Earl of VERULAM presented petitions
against the unconditional abolition of church-rates from Ayot St Peter, Ayot
St Lawrence, Therfield, Weston, Aldenham,
clergy and gentry of the rural deanery of Watford, Albury, Hitchin, and St
Alban's, in the county of Hertford."
- 1860 - House of Commons petition by Sir E. B. LYTTON from 46 Hertfordshire
parishes, including Therfield, "... for repeal
of malt and hop duties." [Sir E. B. L. presumably liked his beer!]
- 1862 - House of Lords report, "Petitions in
favour of legalizing marriage with a deceased wife's sister, signed by 755
women, were presented from ... Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, Watford, Rickmansworth,
St Alban's, Great Berkhamstead, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth,
Harpenden, Baldock, Therfield, Chipperfield,
Buntingford, Barkway, and Boxmoor, in the county of Hertford, by Lord
- 1867 - "The Rev. H. J. DESBOROUGH, M.A., of
Wadham College, Oxford, curate of Therfield,
has been nominated to the Rectory of Christ Church, Blackfriars, vacant by
the death of the Rev. Joseph BROWN, M.A."
- 1869 - In an account of the life
of Canon DALE, upon his promotion to Deanery of Ely, "... Almost contemporaneous
with his resignation of St Pancras [c.1860] was his acceptance of the
rectory of the rural parish of Therfield, in
Hertfordshire, which he has held from that date..."
- 1877 - House of
Commons petition, "... by Mr. COWPER, from Therfield, against the Burial Acts
- 1887 - Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee preparations,
"... list of the mountains and hills which will repeat and
spread the signal rockets to be fired from Great Malvern at 10 and 10.30
p.m. on the 21st of June ... Beacon-close,
- 1888 - House of Lords report, "... The Royal assent
to the following Bills, which thereupon passed into law, was then signified
with the usual forms and ceremonies... Commons Regulation Provisional Order
- 1896 - "Notice is
hereby given, that John Richard INMAN METCALFE-SMITH, of The Elms,
Thirfield, in the county of
Cambridge[?], gentleman of no occupation ... [who] has been known by the
name of John Richard INMAN, has, in pursuance of the directions contained in
the will of John METCALFE SMITH ... adopted and taken the additional surname
- 1910 - Historical
Monuments Report, subtitled 'The Ancient Monuments of the County of Hertford',
published, "... Hertfordshire has one long barrow of neolithic
type at Therfield, and about 30 round ones of
the Bronze Age." Much later in the text, "... Some of these roadside
settlements, made in the 12th and 13th centuries, and even earlier, have
grown into towns which completely overshadow the ancient villages.
Instances of this are to be found at Royston (not a parish till 1540),
formerly in Therfield parish, Buntingford in
- 1917 - News in Brief, "The Rev. Frederick Roberts BLATCH,
who died at Beckenham on the evening of Passion Sunday, was for over 30
years vicar of St Barnabas, Homerton. He was afterwards rector of
Therfield, Herts, resigning this living in 1914 owing to failing health."
1917 - News in Brief, "The licence of the Fox and Duck,
Therfield (Herts), has been held by Mrs. Jane
SMITH and her late husband for 53 years. It has now been transferred
to her niece."
- 1923 - "According to the annual custom on St Matthew's day,
three hundred boys from Christ's Hospital, West Horsham, and twenty-five
girls from Christ's Hospital, Hertford, attended a special service at Christ
Church, Newgate-street, yesterday ... and the sermon was given by the Rev.
H. R. HUMPHREYS, rector of Therfield,
- 1925 - Among a list of churches which gave a collection
to the St Paul's Cathedral Preservation Fund was "Therfield
Church, Royston, Herts.. .. 4 pounds."
- 1937 - Report of Army training
manoeuvres, including tanks and aircraft, over a large area of Essex, Herts,
and Cambs, "... The night passed without cause for any acute anxiety, though
the enemy's mechanised cavalry got in behind the right flank at
Therfield and produced some warm fighting. ..."
1939 - Report that five ancient cottages at Ashwell were threatened with
demolition, "... in the event of the owner failing to submit proposals for
reconditioning acceptable to the local authority. In this rural part
of Hertfordshire, notably in the village of Therfield,
about five miles from here, other cottages have been pulled down because the
owners have refused to recondition them..."
- 1958 - "The Hon. Mrs. (Ann)
MOYNIHAN of Greenside Cottage, Therfield, near
Royston, Hertfordshire, was successful in a petition before Judge Campbell
at Cambridge Divorce Court yesterday. She petitioned on the ground of
adultery by her husband the Hon. Anthony MOYNIHAN..."
- 1959 - Minister of
Works announces grants towards the preservation of a number of historic
buildings, including Therfield Rectory.
- The Lord Chief Justice dismisses an appeal by Mr. George H. PURSER, the
tenant, against a decision of the Agricultural Land Tribunal Eastern Area,
giving consent to a notice to quit Slate Hall Farm,
Therfield. The other party was Mr. Ernest J. BAILEY, administrator of
the estate of his father, William Henry BAILEY, deceased, the landlord.
- 1977 -
"Rhodes, Aug 28. - Richard
WRIGHT, a musician with the British rock group Pink Floyd, has claimed he
was beaten in the face and threatened with a revolver at a police station
while on holiday on the island. A police spokesman said today that Mr
WRIGHT and a friend, Professor Michael SMITH, of
Therfield, Hertfordshire, had both filed lawsuits complaining of
ill-treatment by Mr Ioannis DIMITRIADES, police chief at the small coastal
town of Lindos."
- 1845 - Declaration of Dividends, "W. ROLFE,
Therfield, Hertfordshire, farmer - first div. of 1s. 6d., on
Wednesday, Nov. 5, and the two subsequent Wednesdays, at Mr. TURQUAND's, Old
- 1846 - Marriages, "On Thursday, 2nd inst., at St George's Church,
Bloomsbury, by the Rev Daniel TWINING, M.A., rector of Stilton and
Therfield, the Rev. George Croke ROWDEN,
B.C.L., Fellow of New College, Oxford, and of Temple grove, East Sheen, to
Emily, daughter of Richard TWINING, Esq., of Bedford-place,
- 1853 - Deaths, "On the 5th inst., at Therfield,
aged 75, the Rev. Daniel TWINING, M.A., rector of Therfield, Herts, and
- 1853 - Deaths, "On the 20th inst., suddenly, at
Therfield Rectory, Royston, Emily HEBER, the second and beloved
daughter of the Venerable Archdeacon ROBINSON, D.D., Master of the Temple,
and rector of Therfield."
- 1863 - Marriages, "On the 5th inst., at St Pancras Church, by the Rev.
Thomas DALE, M.A., rector of Therfield, Herts,
and canon of St Paul's, Wentworth CLAY, Esq., of the Manor House, Cheshunt,
to Mary, eldest daughter of James PATTEN, Esq., of Upper Woburn-place."
- 1873 - Marriages, "On the 27th inst., at the parish church,
Tottenham, by the Rev. Richard BULL, late Vicar of Harwich, uncle of the
bride, assisted by the Rev. John Godwin HALE, Rector of
Therfield, Herts, Seymour William Augustus,
youngest son of the late Frederick John JOURDAIN, of Herne-hill, Surrey,
Esq., to Constance, youngest daughter of William Webb VENN, of Allington
House, Tottenham, Esq. No cards."
- 1877 - "Bylaws made by the School Boards and School Attendance
Committees for the following places were approved by Her Majesty in Council
on the 23rd of November, 1877 :- .... Therfield
- 1885 - Deaths, "On Friday, the 24th July, at
Therfield, near Royston, Herts, Mary, widow of the late Edward Rant
BIRD, of the same place, in her 79th year."
- 1891 - "... the Rev. R. Tutin THOMAS has removed from Dalston to
Therfield, Royston ..."
- 1901 - "In the Congregational churches the Rev. Howard P. JAMES has
accepted the pastorate of Greenmount Church, Bury ... the Rev. W. H. ALLEN
of the church at Therfield, Herts, ..."
- 1907 - Deaths, "On the 1st July, at the Rectory,
Therfield, Herts, Rev. John Godwin HALE, son of the late Archdeacon
HALE, in his 78th year. Funeral on Thursday, July 4th, at 2.30, at
Therfield." [There is also an obituary of
the man who had been Rector since 1870].
- 1907 - "The Dean and Chapter of St Paul's have appointed the Rev. F. R.
BLATCH, for more than 30 years vicar of Homerton, to the rectory of
Therfield, near Royston."
- 1908 - "The fund for presenting the Bishop of London with his portrait
has now reached £510. Among those who sent contributions last week ...
the Rev. F. R. BLATCH (Therfield), ..."
- 1910 - Births, "On Friday, the 4th Feb., at
Therfield, Royston, Herts, the wife of H. J. FORDHAM, of a daughter."
- 1912 - Marriages, "On the 10th April, at Clapham Parish Church, by the
Revd. F. R. BLATCH, M.A., Rector of Therfield,
uncle of the bridegroom, assisted by the Revd. Noel P. TOWER, M.A., and the
Revd. L. H. NIXON, M.A., Arthur Wilfred WHITE, Captain 117th Mahrattas, to
Frances Louisa (Bee), only daughter of W. F. WALKER, Esq., and Mrs. WALKER,
of Somerville, Stone-road, Broadstairs, and S. Michaels, Azores."
- 1912 - Deaths, "On the 12th Nov., at Therfield
Rectory, Herts, Eleanor Mary, the beloved wife of the Revd. F. R. BLATCH,
M.A., elder daughter of the late William BRAND, Esq., W.S., Edinburgh, aged
- 1913 - Marriages, "On the 18th Jan., at the Parish Church, Royston,
Herts, by the Rev. J. HARRISON, M.A., R.D., Vicar, assisted by the Rev. F.
R. BLATCH, M.A., Rector of Therfield, Herts,
and the Rev. A. PITMAN, uncle of the bridegroom, Holdsworth HUNT, eldest son
of Mrs. HUNT and the late Mr. F. Holdsworth HUNT, of Topcliffe Grange,
Farnborough, Kent, to Frederica Lily FORDHAM, daughter of Mr. Francis John
FORDHAM and the late Mrs. Francis John FORDHAM, of Yew Tree House, Royston,
- 1918 - Marriages, "On the 20th June, 1918, at St Andrew's Church,
Hertford, by the Rev. H. HUMPHREYS, Rector of
Therfield, assisted by the Rev. N. T. GARDNER, Alexander
PURKISS-GINN, The Nut Walk, Hertford, to Mary MACLENNAN, Sele[?] Cottage,
- 1922 - Deaths, "On the 30th Jan., at Therfield,
Herts, Ellen Julia HALE, widow of the Revd. John Goodwin HALE, late Rector
of Therfield, in her 92nd year."
- 1926 - Deaths, "On the 8th April, at Brent Pelham, Herts., as the result
of an accident steeplechasing, Harry John FORDHAM, of Alconbury, Hunts., and
Therfield, Herts., aged 45. Funeral
Therfield to-morrow (Saturday), 2.45 p.m."
- 1936 - "The marriage took place yesterday at
Therfield Parish Church of Montague George DE COURCEY-IRELAND, The
Uganda Agricultural Department, eldest son of the Rev. M. and Mrs. DE
COURCEY-IRELAND, of Abington Pigotts Hall, Cambridgeshire, and Eleanor Diana
Elizabeth, only daughter of Major and Mrs. Bryan LAING, The Elm House,
Therfield, Royston, Herts."
- 1940 - Deaths, "On July 4, 1940, suddenly, at Reed End House,
Therfield, Margaret Ethel, elder daughter of
John COLEMAN, late of Throcking. Funeral on Monday, July 8, 2.30 p.m.,
Therfield Church, near Royston."
- 1940 - Births, "On Sept. 22, 1940, at St Joseph's Home, Beaconsfield, to
Guirne Creith, wife of Walter HUNTER-CODDINGTON, of Bury Hall,
Therfield, Herts - a son."
- 1941 - Deaths, "On June 6, 1941, at a nursing home in London, Major
Bryan LAING, loved husband of Eleanor LAING, Therfield,
- 1945 - "The engagement is announced between Lieutenant Peter LAING,
Herts Yeomanry, R.A., younger son of the late Major Bryan LAING and Mrs.
LAING, of Therfield, Royston, and Miss Hazel
EDWYN-JONES, V.A.D., only daughter of Canon and Mrs. W. EDWYN-JONES, of
Gresford, North Wales."
- 1945 - Deaths, "On Nov. 16, 1945, at Therfield,
John COLEMAN (late of Throcking), in his 90th year."
- 1947 - Deaths, "On May 12, 1947, peacefully, at The Elm House,
Therfield, Eleanor, widow of Bryan LAING, and
second daughter of the late F. J. LEATHER, Middleton Hall, Belford,
- 1950 - Deaths, "On Feb. 23, 1950, at Odsey Corner, Ashwell, Herts, A. L.
H. SPENCER. Funeral, Therfield, to-day
(Saturday), at 3 p.m."
- 1950 - Deaths, "On Oct. 15, 1950, at Odsey Grange, Ashwell, Herts, Ethel
Anna Hitchcock SPENCER, in her 86th year. Funeral 2 p.m. to-morrow
- 1952 - Deaths, "On May 6, 1952, at Bedford, the Rev. Humphrey Richard
HUMPHREYS, for many years Rector of Therfield,
Herts, where the funeral took place on May 12."
- 1953 - "The following changes are announced :- ... The Rev. H. H.
Ffilliott ELIOT, curate-in-charge of the benefices of Kelshall and
Therfield, diocese of St Albans, to be rector."
- 1960 - "The engagement is announced between Kenneth David, elder son of
Mrs. C. V. JONES, of Alderney, and the late Mr. Leonard B. JONES, of Port
Said, and Elizabeth, third daughter of Mr. R. S. HERBERT and the late Mrs.
M. E. HERBERT, of Therfield, Hertfordshire."
- 1963 - "The engagement is announced between Simon Robert Soanes DAVIES,
younger son of Colonel and Mrs. J. A. DAVIES, of Limes,
Therfield, Hertfordshire, and Felicity Ann
SCAWEN, only daughter of Colonel and Mrs. D. S. BLUNT, The White House,
- 1966 - "The engagement is announced between Michael Graham, eldest son
of Mr. J. M. HORNSBY and Mrs. HORNSBY, of 25 Burghley Road, Wimbledon, and
Camilla Ruth, only daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel P. J. JOHNSTON and Mrs.
JOHNSTON, of Bury Hall, Therfield, Royston,
- 1967 - "The engagement is announced between Christopher John, elder son
of Colonel and Mrs. J. A. DAVIES, of Limes, Therfield,
Hertfordshire, and Caroline Jane, only daughter of Sir Simon and Lady
CAMPBELL-ORDE, of 31 The Little Boltons, London, S.W.10."
- 1968 - Deaths, "On July 17th, 1968, at Royston Hospital, Kathleen Irene
TILLIE, elder daughter of Arthur TILLIE. Funeral at
Therfield Parish Church, near Royston, Herts,
at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 20th July, 1968."
- 1969 - "The engagement is announced between James Alexander, son of
Lieutenant-Colonel and Mrs. P. J. JOHNSTON, of Bury Hall,
Therfield, Hertfordshire, and Suzanne Therese,
daughter of the late Charles Ward TURNER and of Mrs. Joan TURNER, of
Stavordale Priory, Wincanton, Somerset."
- 1970 - Deaths, "On Monday, 2nd of November, 1970, at Royston Hospital,
Hertfordshire, Bessie, beloved wife of Reginald E. FOSTER, of Garfield,
Therfield, Royston, Herts. Funeral
service at Therfield Parish Church at 2.30 p.m.
on Thursday, 5th of November, 1970. Family flowers only please, but
donations if desired may be sent to Cancer Research."
- 1971 - Ruby Weddings, "On 5th September, 1931, at St Paul's Church,
Hoddesdon, Captain John DAVIES, R.E., to Celia Catherine GARDNER.
Present address : Limes, Therfield, Royston,
- 1974 - "The engagement is announced between Stephen Miles Daveney,
younger son of Mr. C. P. HILL, CB, CBE, and Mrs. HILL, of The Grange,
Therfield, Hertfordshire, and Corinne
Catherine, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. LING, of Highfield Farm,
Wellpond Green, Hertfordshire."
- 1977 - "A memorial service in remembrance of Celia DAVIES, of
Therfield, will be held at St Mary's Church,
Therfield, on Thursday, 22nd December, at 2.30
- 1978 - Deaths, "On July 10th, 1978, at the home of her nephew in
Manchester, Dr Sybil Kathleen BATLEY, M.B.E. of
Therfield, Herts. Aged 81 years, formerly of C.M.S. Hospital,
Iwi Enu, Nigeria. Cremation at Manchester on July 13th. Memorial
service at Therfield Parish Church on Tuesday,
July 18th at 2.30 p.m. Flowers to Mr. and Mrs. DARLING, Greys,
- 1980 - "The engagement is announced between Adrian, son of Mr. and Mrs.
B. J. MUGGLETON, of Therfield, Royston,
Hertfordshire, and Monica, younger daughter of the Right Rev Professor R. P.
C. and Mrs. HANSON, of 24 Styal Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire."
- 1983 - Deaths, "On Friday, April 22, peacefully in his sleep,
Christopher Pascoe HILL, CB, CBE, dearly loved husband of Joan Elizabeth &
father to Nicolette, Jacomin, Richard & Stephen. Funeral at 12:00 noon
on Friday, April 29, at St Mary's, Therfield,
Hertfordshire, followed by private cremation. By request no flowers.
Donations if desired to Addenbrooke's Scanner Appeal."
- 1983 - "The engagement is announced between James, only son of Mr and
Mrs R. C. CROWHURST, of Newmarket, Suffolk, and Tessa, daughter of Mrs M. E.
HODGE, of Therfield, Royston, Hertfordshire."
Editorial and Commentary
- 1899 - Letter to the Editor from E. Snow FORDHAM of Ashwell, Herts, in
response to another about the reappearance of sandgrouse in Lincolnshire, "...
Until some 30 years ago considerable numbers of dotterel (Charadrius
morinellus) were found in September in this neighbourhood, particularly on and
above Royston-heath, Therfield-hills, and
Kelshall Coombs, and generally a small flock was seen at Baldock Hole in this
- 1939 - Anniversary reprint (see 1839 News) of the story of a person named
CAMP, parish clerk of Therfield, who was
permitted to marry his niece under the terms of the 'New Marriage Registration
- 1983 - Letter to the Editor from Mr R C H GENOCHIO, The Old Post House,
Therfield, "Sir, Mr Donald CLARK's letter of May
17 about the visibility of Lincoln Cathedral from a hill top near Brigg
promted [sic] me to inform you that from this village (altitude 540 feet) on a
moderately clear day Ely Cathedral is clearly visible, also 30 miles away.
On a very clear day, it is even visible from the bottom of the escarpment at
240 feet above sea level. While this says much for the purity of the
intervening Cambridgeshire atmosphere it is of little ecclesiastical
significance since Therfield lies not in the
diocese of Ely but of St Albans - the Abbey of which no-one has ever spotted
from here, although it is only 22 miles away."
- 1900 - Hunting Appointments, Foxhounds, "... Puckeridge. - Mon.,
Littlebury-green ; Wed., Patmore-heath ; Fri., Hadham-cross ; Sat.,
Therfield - 11."
- 1921 - Hunting Appointments, Foxhounds, "... Puckeridge. - M., Langley High
Wood ; W., Horse Cross ; F., Madams ; S., Therfield
- 1923 - "The Hertfordshire Professional Golfers' Alliance held a meeting at
Royston yesterday. The teams consisted of the most part of one
professional and one amateur... Moreover, I had high hopes of fun at the sixth
hole, nor was I disappointed. Here, there is an imposing carry over a deep
ravine and the Therfield road beyond it. It
is really no great matter. Even with the tee right back the carry cannot
be more than 150 yards. But the wind came roaring and blustering down from
Therfield on the left. If you let it have its
will with a slice, you were over the road but deep in the rough; if you fought
it with a hook you did not get over at all, and if, as was likely enough, it
bowled you over like a rabbit, you topped into the chasm at your toes. ..."
- 1923 - Hunting Appointments, Foxhounds, "... Puckeridge (Mr. E. E. and Major
M. E. BARCLAY). - M., Wicken ; W., Munuden Mill ; S., Mr FORDHAM's
Therfield - 12."
- 1926 - Hunting Appointments, Foxhounds, "... Puckeridge. - S. (to-day),
Buntingford (instead of Rush Green) ; M., Washall Green ; W., The Jock Railway
Gates ; F., Standon ; S., Therfield - 11 (cap each
day for R.A.B.I.)."
- 1934 - Hunting, "The Puckeridge had a good gallop after meeting
at Therfield. Finding in West Wood hounds ran
hard through Burrell Wood, with Hyde Hall, Mill End, and Friars just on the
- 1935 - Hunting, "The Puckeridge met on Saturday at
Therfield in a gale. Finding some kale in the open hills half the
pack slipped the field and ran hard unattended in a big loop by Reed End, Reed
Wood, and Southend Spring, back to Nusells, where they were eventually found.
From the Nusells Park Gorse a fox gave a ringing hunt of half an hour, but went
to ground in the park and was killed. ..."
[Several more "Hunting Appointments" items have been omitted as they are similar
to those above. None of these includes names of people]
- 1802 - Auction, Lot 1, "A Copyhold Estate, and fmall Part Freehold
adjoining, eligibly fituate at Therfield, 5 miles from Royfton, and 4 from
Buntingford, in the County of Herts, containing 194A. 3R. of Arable and Meadow
Land, part inclofed, and the remainder in the open field adjoining the village,
with a good Farm Houfe, 3 barns, ftabling, granary, and out-buildings, let to
Mr. George PIGRAM, whofe leafe will expire at Michaelmas next, at an old rent of
108L. per ann. Land-tax allowed."
Lot 2, "An Absolute Reversion to a Freehold and Copyhold Estate, containing
24A. 1R. of Arable and Pafture Land, at Dean [Dane?] End, near the Village of
Therfield, in the occupation of Mr. Nathaniel RAN
[RAND?], for the Life of his Wife, aged 43 years. ..."
- 1821 - Auction, Lot 1, "A farm, late the property and residence of Mr.
Thomas PHILLIPS deceased ; comprising a good farm homestead, and about 410 acres
of rich pasture and fertile arable land, and some wood ground, a part of which
are old enclosures near the residence, and the residue open common field with
extensive right of sheep walk and fold course ; also another farm homestead and
3 cottages, with gardens and orchards, situate lying, and being in the parish of
Therfield, near Royston, a fine sporting part of
the county of Hertford, and in the vicinity of fox-hounds and hariers."
Lot 2, "A Farm, in the occupation of Mr. George PEGRAM, a very good yearly
tenant ; consisting of a good farm homestead, and 195 acres of rich pasture and
fertile arable land a part of which are old enclosures near the homestead, with
a sheep walk and fold course, situate and being in the parish of
Lot 3, "Consists of a Messuage or Double Tenement, with a shop, barn, stable,
cowhouse, yard, 2 gardens and orchard, and 1..? acres of arable land, in the
occupation of Mr. Thomas LACEY, tenant from year to year, at
- 1822 - "City of London Tavern, July 24, 1822. - The Committee continue to
receive gifts of clothing for the Distressed Peasantry [of Ireland], and money
in small sums, to be appropriated solely to clothing. ... Amount of
subscriptions already advertised... Therfield, per
Rev. A. H. MATHEWS, £3 14 0 [3 pounds 14 shillings] ..."
- 1832 - Auction, "Claremont Villa, Cheshunt, and
Therfield Farms, near Royston. ... To-morrow, Oct 11, in 5 lots, valuable
Freehold and Part Copyhold estates ; comprising Claremont Villa, the property
and late Residence of the Right Hon. Sir Gore OUSELEY, Bart, ... Also Hay's,
Beale's, Rook's Nest, and Five-house Farms, situate between Buntingford and
Royston, comprising 832 acres, let on 20 years' leases to Messrs. JORDAN, FREE,
William MASON, and Clerke SELL, at £884 per annum, ..."
- 1835 - "Notice to Debtors and Creditors. - Whereas Edward LOGSDON, of
Therfield, in the county of Hertford, farmer and
brewer, has by indenture, bearing date the 28th day of October instant, Assigned
over all his Personal Estate and Effects to John George FORDHAM, of Odsey, in
the county of Cambridge, banker, and James PIGGOT, of Royston, in the county of
Hertford, maltser, for the equal benefit of themselves and such other of the
creditors of the said Edward LOGSDON..."
- 1839 - Auction, "... in 12 lots, a Freehold and Copyhold Estate, with
sundry farm-houses and cottages, situate in the parish of
Therfield, Hertfordshire, on the left of the high road from Buntingford
to Royston, containing in the whole 281a. 2r. 12p., whereof 170a. 1r. 11p. are
copyhold of the Manor of Therfield, and the
remainder freehold ; the whole being let to tenants at will from Old
Michaelmas-day. Mr. Thomas DRAPER, of Dane-end, one of the tenants, will
shew the lands, ... and at the house of the said Mr. Thomas DRAPER, a map of the
whole estate may be seen."
- 1848 - Auction, "... in one lot, the valuable Freehold Estate and Manor of
Mardly Bury, otherwise West Reed, otherwise Aland Reed, in the parishes of
Therfield and Reed, about two miles from the
capital market town of Royston, bounded in part by the high London road from
Ware to Cambridge, near to the 35th-mile stone, four miles from Buntingford, and
15 from Ware, consisting of the manor, with its fines, quit rents, heriots, &c.
; the very excellent modern manor house, possessing every accommodation for a
Gentleman's family, situate about a quarter of a mile out of the high road,
approached by a carriage drive, beautiful lawn planted with choice shrubs and
evergreens, pleasure and kitchen gardens, fish pond, &c. ; offices, stabling,
and well arranged farm buildings, labourers' cottages, and about 370 acres (19
of which are copyhold) of capital meadow, pasture, and arable land, in a good
state of cultivation. The manor house and lands are let on lease to Mr.
TURNEY for a term of seven, 14, or 21 years from Michaelmas, 1844, ..."
- 1852 - Auction, "... from Joseph PHILLIPS, Esq., who through ill health is
declining business, ... 7a. 1r. 16p., a Freehold allotment in
- 1853 - Auction, Mardly Bury, Therfield and
Reed, for sale again (now spelt Mardley), details same as 1848, except that during
the 5 weeks the property was advertised, the lessee was named as Mr. THWINEY,
Mr. TWINEY, and Mr. FURNEY, and eventually, in the final week - as Mr. TURNEY!
- 1857 - Auction, "Hitchin Market, ... at 12 punctually, Thirty Eight Fat
Oxen, 370 Fat Sheep, and 26 Fat Hogs, the property respectively of ... Mr.
REYNOLDS, of Therfield ..." [and 11 others]
- 1862 - "The Gethin (Merthyr Tydvil) Accident Relief Fund, - The explosion at
this Pit, on the 19th of February, caused the deaths of 49 men and boys.
28 widows and 60 children are left in destitution, and efforts are being made to
provide a fund for their support as long as it may be necessary. A
considerable sum will be required for this purpose, ... The Lord Mayor has much
pleasure in acknowledging the receipt of the following contributions on behalf
of the above Fund :- ... Collected in Therfield
Church, per the Rev. Canon DALE, £3 10 2," [3 pounds 10 shillings and 'tuppence']
- 1862 - Similar to above, but for the Lancashire and Cheshire Operatives
Relief Fund, ..."Collected in St Mary's Church, Therfield,
Royston, per Rev. Canon DALE, £5 2 6," [5 pounds 2 shillings and sixpence]
- 1877 - "A valuable Freehold (and small portion copyhold) Estate, situate in
the parishes of Therfield and Buckland, between
Royston and Buntingford, consisting of about 344 acres of good agricultural
land, with farmhouse, cottages, stable, and outbuildings, in capital condition,
at present in the occupation of Mr. Robert PIGG on lease, of which there will be
seven years unexpired at Michaelmas, 1877, at the yearly rent of £604 4s.,
tenant paying rates and taxes. There are some excellent sites on the
property for the erection of a mansion. The right of shooting is partially
reserved to the lessors by the lease and the estate is within easy distance of
the meets of several packs of hounds." [There is also a very detailed
description of this property, known as, "the Manor of Lordship of Gladseys,
- 1878 - Want Places, "Footman under a butler, where a boy is kept or
otherwise. Knows town. 1 year and 9 months' character. Age 21
; 5ft. 7. Full particulars. - Thos. GATWARD, Dane-end,
Therfield, Royston, Herts."
- 1881 - Want Places, "Nurse to young children where nurserymaid is kept.
Good character. Age 28. Please state wages. - E. P., The Brook,
Therfield, Royston, Herts." [probably Emma
PRATT - deduced from 1881 census]
- 1885 - "... Notice is hereby given, that all the Creditors and other persons
having any claim against the estate of Thomas TURNEY late of
Therfield in the County of Hertford Farmer carrying
on business under the name of "Thomas TURNEY & Sons" and also formerly in
partnership with his Brother George TURNEY deceased and carrying on business
under the name of "G. & T. TURNEY" (who died on the 30th day of January One
thousand eight hundred and eighty-five and whose Will was proved ... by Frances
Emma TURNEY one of the executors named in the Will and Widow of the deceased)
are requested to send the particulars of such claims..."
- 1886 - Want Places, "Scullery maid in a gentleman's family. Age 18.
15 months' good character. - C. D., The Bush, Therfield,
Royston, Herts." [probably Charlotte DRAGE - deduced from 1881/91 census]
- 1901 - The National Memorial to Queen Victoria Fund. Among the
contributors, "Therfield Parish Church £2 3 0."
- 1907 - Want Places, "Housemaid (Upper), or any place of trust ; three years'
character ; wages from £30 ; age 39. - L. D., Hobarn Farm, Dane-end,
Therfield, Royston, Herts."
- 1917 - "Portions of the late Sir Gore OUSELEY's
Therfield and Royston estates have been sold to the tenants..."
- 1931 - "Situate in the parishes of Kelshall and
Therfield to the South of the main road from London to Royston and
Newmarket. A Freehold Agricultural Estate with three Farm Houses, five
sets of Farm Premises, and 13 Labourers' Cottages, in all comprising a total
area of about 922 acres, which, with slight exceptions, are in the occupation of
the vendors, who will give vacant possession at Michaelmas. ..."
- 1933 - "Capable Working Housekeeper required, entire charge small country
farmhouse ; two ladies and daily poultry girl ; good cooking and cleanliness
essential ; only one liking country life suitable ; very good house for the
right woman. - Apply Miss WOOD, Woodcotes, Therfield,
near Royston, Herts."
- 1941 - "Wanted to Rent, unfurnished preferably, Period House with 5-6 bed
rooms, 2-3 reception, modern conveniences ; within 30 miles north of London. -
Hunter, Coddington [HUNTER-CODDINGTON?], Therfield, near Royston,
- 1941 - Domestic Situations Vacant, "Cook-General, small house, Hertfordshire
; help given ; good wages. - Mrs. P. JOHNSTON, Bury Hall,
- 1941 - Among donors to the Red Cross and St, John Fund, "£10 10s., ...
Therfield (Concert). ..."
- 1944 - Personal, Nov. 30th, "Camp 2, Thailand. - Lieut. P. K. LAING, R.A.,
Herts Yeomanry. Any news from repatriated P.O.W. gratefully received by
his mother, Mrs. Bryan LAING, Therfield, Royston,
- 1945 - Personal, Oct, 10th, "LAING, P. K., Lieut., Herts Yeomanry, ex-P.O.W.
Siam, has arrived home safely. - The Elm House, Therfield,
- 1950 - "Adorable White Miniature Poodle dog, 9 months, 13in., pedigree,
house trained, very intelligent ; 12gns. - BLETSOE,
Therfield, Royston, Herts. 'Phone Kelshall 249."
- 1953 - Donations to The Lord Mayor's National Flood and Tempest Distress
Fund, "£184. - Therfield Parish Council."
- 1963 - Property, "Therfield, Nr. Royston,
London 38 miles. Rurally situated near Golf Course. 80 ft. frontage,
200 ft. depth, All main services, Price £1,100 Freehold."
- 1966 - "An interesting property in this year's best kept small village in
Hertfordshire is Holborn Farm, Therfield, near
Royston. The property comprises a well modernised period residence with
six bedrooms and four reception rooms, together with about 135 acres of land,
farm buildings, and a modern bungalow. ... and will be offered for sale by
- 1973 - "... Notice is hereby given in pursuance of Sections 19 and 21 of the
above-mentioned Act [National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, 1949] that by the Therfield Heath
Nature Reserve Declaration made on the 23rd day of February 1973 the
Hertfordshire County Council declared that all the land shown edged green on the
map attached to the said Declaration and known as
Therfield Heath is the subject of an agreement entered into with the
Council ... and the Council further declared that all the land aforesaid is
being managed as a Local Nature Reserve. ..."
- 1973 - Auction, "Hertfordshire, 5 Acres, The Old Rectory,
Therfield, Royston. A magnificent Queen Anne
Rectory with Medieval wing. 3 Reception Rooms, Cloakroom, Playroom, 8
Bedrooms, 3 Dressing Rooms, 2 Bathrooms, Stable Yard and Paddock." [a photo of
the Rectory is also included]. It sold for £131,000.
- 1984 - "Hertfordshire - Therfield, Nr. Royston,
Kings X 48 mins. Outstanding country hse set in about 2 acres, 4/5 bdrms.
3 receps. farmhouse kitchen & many period features incl. Inglenook, exposed
beams, etc. Offers over £150,000."
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