Archives and local history resources

Documents relating to Harpenden's origins as part of the ecclesiastical Parish of Wheathampstead, which belonged to the Westminster Abbey at the time of the Norman conquest, are to be found in the Public Record Office, Hertfordshire County Record Office and many other sources.  Copies of some documents are held in the Local History Centre archives. 

We also have extensive files of articles, newscuttings, photographs, slides and local artefacts in our collections held at the Local History Centre in Park Hall.  We are in the process of indexing these files.  They are our source materials for many of the pages on this website, and you are very welcome come to the centre, by prior arrangement, if you would like to help in researching a local topic.  Please contact us at enquiries@harpenden-history.org.uk,

Page link: Accounts of the Surveyors of the Highways for the Parish of Harpenden
Accounts of the Surveyors of the Highways for the Parish of Harpenden
Notes on documents held at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
Page link: An 1868 Deed of Enfranchisement of copyhold land
An 1868 Deed of Enfranchisement of copyhold land
Two small plots by the Southdown Road, Harpenden
Page link: Edward the Confessor's Charter, 1060
Edward the Confessor's Charter, 1060
Grant of the parish of Wheathampstead (including Harpenden) to Westminster Abbey
Page link: Parish Chest
Parish Chest
Overseers accounts
Page link: The Reformation comes to Harpenden
The Reformation comes to Harpenden
Henry VIII's permission to the people of Harpenden to bury their dead 1537