Other local publications - not comprehensive

by local authors or about Harpenden's history

Dianne Payne: Wheathampstead – An Eighteenth Century Village – published in 2021. Copies from Dianne Payne. 40 Folly Fields, Wheathampstead. St Albans, AL4 8HL

Dianne Payne: The Story of The Folly, Wheathampstead – a Celebration of Community – published in 2017.Copies from Dianne Payne. 40 Folly Fields, Wheathampstead. St Albans, AL4 8HL

Francesca Stevens – A Life in Glass (second editions),  including pictures of Geoffrey Felix Harper’s work in Harpenden – in St George’s Chapel and Our Lady of Lourdes church.  Copies can be obtained direct from: Francesca Stevens, 71 Gilbert Road, Cambridge, Cambs CB4 3NZ. The cost of the book is £18 plus £3.65 for postage and package.

Ed Wiles: An iPhone treasure hunt in Harpenden – £1.49 via www.huntzz.com   Ed is a Harpenden-born film maker with an interest in local history.


W S Pierpoint: John Keats (1795-1821), Henry Stephens (1796-1864) and George Wilson Mackereth (1793-1869) – The unparallel lives of three medical students: Poetry, Pencraft and Persistent Medical Practice. Henry Stephens, who lived and worked as a doctor in Redbourn until 1828, later abandoned medicine to develop and patent blue-black ink and establish a successful manufacturing business.

Published in October 2010 by The Stephens Collection, Finchley. ISBN 978-0-9567127-0-7.

Price £6 (cheques payable to “The Stephens Collection”), from Maureen Pierpoint, 4 Wheatlock Mead, Redbourn AL3 7HS.  Tel: 01582 797117.


Christine Aitken: Childwickbury – a definitive work tracing the owners and occupiers of the Childwickbury Estate: the history of a community, a world-renowned horse-breeding establishment and a rural way of life – from the 1800s to the present day, carefully researched and recorded by a one-time resident of the Estate. Published in May 2011, £35 from Christine Aitken, 2 New Cottages, Harpendenbury, Redbourn AL3 7QA, christine_aitken2@btinternet.com


Peter Burley, Michael Elliott, Harvey Watson: The Battles of St Albans

An account of two battles in the Wars of the Roses, in 1455 and 1461, with historical background, location of the battles, and walks; illustrated with maps and photos.

Published in 2007 by Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 47 Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AS, £14.99. www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

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