Wheathampstead History Society




Demolition of Town Farm, May 1971

Town Farm and its two barns had stood on the corner of The Hill and Marford Road since the late 15th century. The Town and Country Planning Act (1968) had made the demolition of listed buildings a criminal offence but, though many local buildings were listed, Town Farm was not. Despite the Rural District Council's attempt to issue a Temporary Preservation Order, it was demolished by developers in just a few hours. In subsequent court hearings, the developer was acquitted of an offence on the grounds that the Order had never been delivered. 

Go to the 'Local Research' page of the website and click on 'The demolition of Town Farm 1971'.


Memories of VE Day and the Second World War



Though Covid has put a temporary stop to our recording of your memories and reminiscences of the Second World War, we are still collecting anything that will be of interest to people in years to come.

Please contact us with your memories of the Second World War, and especially about the impact of the war on Wheathampstead, that you'd like to share on our project website page.

We welcome your memories and reminiscences, whether written or recorded. Recordings of individuals or conversations made on mobile phones or laptops would be great.

Photos of people and of memorabilia are also an important part of our research project. Please scan these to a minimum of 300 dpi.

Please email your contributions to us at  2ndwwmemories@gmail.com

If you would like help or advice about how to contribute, please email 2ndwwmemories@gmail.com


Click here to read some snippets from the memories we have already received.


Nearly 400 copies of our book The Pubs of Wheathampstead 1830 to 1914, published in June 2019, have been sold. It is now out of print.

For more information about the book, including some sample pages, click here. On the same page, you will find links to the individual histories of each of the 26 pubs.



Wheathampstead has a long and fascinating history and the History Society, which was set up in 2011, aims to share our interest and enjoyment in this history and heritage. We aim to promote knowledge and understanding of the village, past and present, often in liaison with other interested groups both in the village and further afield (Links).

We meet on the third Wednesday in the month in the Mead Hall in East Lane (behind The Bull, next to the free car park) and have a programme of speakers . We also publish a monthly bulletin.

We encourage local people to research our local history and heritage.







MEMBERSHIP is £8.00 a year for individuals and £12.00 a year for couples. Members pay a contribution of £1 per person per meeting attended and receive a free copy of our bulletins and newsletter. Visitors are charged £3.00 per meeting attended. Members are also affiliate members of Welwyn Archaeological Society and have free access to their meetings. 

You can become a member at any of our meetings or by downloading this membership form and sending it to our Membership Secretary along with a cheque made out to Wheathampstead History Society.


Chairperson:  Mike Smith

Hon. Treasurer: Stuart Lawson

Hon. Secretary: Ruth Jeavons, 44, Necton Road, Wheathampstead, St Albans AL4 8AU

Email address: whs@wheathampsteadheritage.org.uk