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Meesden maps

Historic maps of Meesden and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Meesden maps

Meesden photos

We have no photos of Meesden, although we do have photos of these nearby places:

Anstey| Clavering| Hare Street| Barkway| Wyddial| Shaftenhoe End| Barley| Wicken Bonhunt| Chipping| Buntingford| Braughing| Aspenden| Farnham| Newport| Puckeridge| Audley End| Littlebury| Royston| Stansted Mountfitchet| Birchanger

Meesden area books

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Memories of Meesden

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Hertfordshire memories

The Welch Family

Main Street c1965, Barkway
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My great great grandparents were born and married in Barkway before coming to the US in 1854. I am wondering if there are any relatives of John and Sarah (Butler) Welch in Barkway. I will definitely have to visit some day.

Memories of The Bentley Family

Thatched Cottages c1965, Barkway
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This photo, along with the other 4, attracted my attention because the thatched cottage on the left is where my father, Arthur Sidney Bentley, was born in 1926. He lived all his life in Barkway until his death in 2005. Married to Pamela Mary Sharp of nearby Therfield, he had 3 children, one of them myself, Jeffrey born in 1952. Linda Bentley was born next in 1953 and Ronald in 1956.
The school also brings back fond memories with Mrs Dellow teaching me in the first formative years, she has only just died, so she lived a long life. Mrs Cranwell of nearby Chrishall also lived a long life and she taught me Corn Dolly making and was fantastic with History. She used to arrive in her messerscmidt car!!
Long Live Barkway!!

My Memories of Wyddial

My father's people were from Wyddial, their name was Pinner. I was baptized at St. Giles, along with my sister. (My parents felt I should be old enough to remember this event). The dish in the font was cracked. I later stayed with my cousin Angela, she lived in Buntingford, her parents were from Aspenden. For the six weeks I was with her I worked for Mr Hodge, of Hodges Farm, Wyddial. My dad had worked for the same farm as a boy. I worked at the duck farm.

The Bell Hotel, Hare Street, Buntingford

High Street c1955, Buntingford
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I have recently discovered that my Great Grandfather John Main originally from Devon (a shoe maker) and then in Brixton, London as a Dairy Manager owned the Bell Hotel in Hare Street around 1905.
My Grandmother lived there as a little girl and would often tell us stories as children about how it was haunted and about secret panels etc and of an old huntsman who would sit on the garden wall!
I have several old postcards of it and the Street.  He was still there in 1916 when my Grandmother married and I think on into the 1920s.
I just wondered if The Bell was still there?

My Great Grand Parents Wedding

Layston Church c1950, Buntingford
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My great-grand parents - Charles and Sarah Roblett - married at Layston. Their daughter Dorothy Roblett married Christopher McHugh, of Archers in Buntingford. The wedding here took place some time between 1920-1940, the church was open air and they married on Christmas Eve. Chris and Dorothy had three children, Christopher, Bernadette (my mother) and John. They passed away over 20 years ago now.

Looking After Mungo Walker at Wyddial Hall

Wyddial Hall c1955, Buntingford
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My mother - Peggy Barker - looked after Mungo Walker, the grandson of the Heaton-Ellises when he returned from Kenya as a 7 year old in the late 1930s. This was only for a few months until he went to boarding school. She was supposed to be teaching him Maths but I think from the sound of it, they just had a lovely time going on walks and generally acclimatising him to life in England. She is nearing 90 years old now but remembers her time at the Hall very clearly. Mungo was apparently a very sweet little boy.

85 High Street And Mark Doel Butchers

High Street c1955, Buntingford
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The house on the right was and still is (2009) a butchers shop. My dad Mark Doel bought it from the Ward Lewises who had bought from Sid Howlett in the 1970s. I can remember there used to be stalls and stables behind the shop where animals were kept, as it was also a slaughter house. On one of my first visits to the shop before the family moved there the land where the Health Centre stands was wooded area and I think I can remember a small pond - I was very young! Twice vehicles came through the wall into the living room. Once when we lived there in the 1980s and another time in the 1950s we were told. I loved growing up in Buntingford.

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