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Herts Collection

"Herts: A Journey Through Time and Beauty" Step back in time to Hitchin, Herts in the 1940s, where the charm of this quaint town captivates all who visit

Background imageHerts Collection: St. Albans Abbey, west front, St Albans, Hertfordshire

St. Albans Abbey, west front, St Albans, Hertfordshire
St Albans Abbey (Cathedral), west front, before Grimthorpes additions in the early 1880s. circa 1870s

Background imageHerts Collection: Hitchin, Herts 1940S

Hitchin, Herts 1940S
The corner of Bridge Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where the speed limit for W.D. (War Department) vehicles is 15 m.p.h. The Half Moon pub, sells Noted Luton Ales, too

Background imageHerts Collection: Stanstead Abbotts - The Bridge

Stanstead Abbotts - The Bridge
The village of Stanstead Abbott in Hertfordshire lies on the Greenwich Meridian. Date: 1907

Background imageHerts Collection: Hitchin, Herts 1940S

Hitchin, Herts 1940S
The corner of Bridge Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where the speed limit for W.D. (War Department) vehicles is 15 m.p.h. A horse and cart keeps strictly to this limit

Background imageHerts Collection: Rickmansworth / Herts / 50S

Rickmansworth / Herts / 50S
A sylvan glimpse in one of Rickmansworths pretty lanes, one of the beauty spots of Hertfordshire

Background imageHerts Collection: Guessens Court, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Guessens Court, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Date: circa 1920

Background imageHerts Collection: Ashridge House

Ashridge House is in Herts and Bucks. The seat of Earl of Brownlow. Date: 1907

Background imageHerts Collection: Laundry at National Childrens Home, Harpenden, Herts

Laundry at National Childrens Home, Harpenden, Herts
Girls iron and fold clean washing in the laundry at the National Childrens Home, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

Background imageHerts Collection: Brocket Hall, Hatfield, Herts, where Lord Palmerston died (engraving)

Brocket Hall, Hatfield, Herts, where Lord Palmerston died (engraving)
1610682 Brocket Hall, Hatfield, Herts, where Lord Palmerston died (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Brocket Hall, Hatfield, Herts)

Background imageHerts Collection: Poster, Explore Your Country through the YHA

Poster, Explore Your Country through the YHA
Poster, Explore Your Country through the Youth Hostels Association. circa 1955

Background imageHerts Collection: Map of the Greater London area

Map of the Greater London area with council areas marked. Date: mid-20th century

Background imageHerts Collection: England, Hertfordshire, St. AlbanA¢€™s. The The Wallingford Screen

England, Hertfordshire, St. AlbanA¢€™s. The The Wallingford Screen - and elaborately carved reredos (altar screen) in the medieval vaulted quire of St. AlbanA¢€™s cathedral

Background imageHerts Collection: England, Hertfordshire, St. Albans. The exterior of the medival cathedral of St

England, Hertfordshire, St. Albans. The exterior of the medival cathedral of St. Alban s

Background imageHerts Collection: England

England

Background imageHerts Collection: Path through Bluebell Wood, Dockey Wood, Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire, England

Path through Bluebell Wood, Dockey Wood, Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire, England

Background imageHerts Collection: Peter Arundell Wholesale Motor Factor Ltd Opening, Bishops Stortford, England, Circa 1965

Peter Arundell Wholesale Motor Factor Ltd Opening, Bishops Stortford, England, Circa 1965
(L to R): Graham Hill (GBR) BRM; Peter Arundell (GBR) Lotus; and John Surtees (GBR) Ferrari, at the opening of Arundell's motor factor business

Background imageHerts Collection: Robey Tri-Tandem Road Roller number 45655 Herts Wanderer

Robey Tri-Tandem Road Roller number 45655 Herts Wanderer, reg. VL 2773, at Pirton on 28 May 1971. Date: 1971

Background imageHerts Collection: Steam train picking up water from a trough, Bushey, Herts

Steam train picking up water from a trough, Bushey, Herts
Steam train picking up water from a trough, Bushey, Hertfordshire

Background imageHerts Collection: Aldenham Church Rood Screen, Herts

Aldenham Church Rood Screen, Herts
An architectural drawing of the highly decorative rood screen inside Aldenham Church, Herts, the approach to the original medieval rood loft is still in existence. Date: circa 1910

Background imageHerts Collection: Photograph of George Alexander, actor, theatre producer and theatre manager (1858-1918) with his dog

Photograph of George Alexander, actor, theatre producer and theatre manager (1858-1918) with his dog. captioned, D'Arcy of The Guards At Home'

Background imageHerts Collection: Whitehall Films, offices and studio, Elstree

Whitehall Films, offices and studio, Elstree
Whitehall Films, offices (left) and studio (right), Elstree, Hertfordshire Date: 1929

Background imageHerts Collection: Whitehall Films Ltd, film studio, Boreham Wood, Elstree

Whitehall Films Ltd, film studio, Boreham Wood, Elstree
Whitehall Films Ltd, new film studio, Station Road, Boreham Wood, Elstree, Hertfordshire Date: 1929

Background imageHerts Collection: Street setting for film Kitty, by Burlington Studios

Street setting for film Kitty, by Burlington Studios
Aerial view of street setting for film Kitty, by Burlington Studios, at BIP Studios, Elstree, Hertfordshire Date: 1929

Background imageHerts Collection: British International Films Studio, Welwyn Garden City, Hert

British International Films Studio, Welwyn Garden City, Hert
Interior and Exterior of British International Films Studio, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire Date: 1929

Background imageHerts Collection: Film studio London street setting, Welwyn Garden City

Film studio London street setting, Welwyn Garden City
British film studio London street setting at Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, for Anthony Asquith's production of Princess Priscilla's Fortnight

Background imageHerts Collection: British International Pictures Ltd, film studio, Elstree

British International Pictures Ltd, film studio, Elstree
British International Pictures Ltd, film studio at Elstree, Hertfordshire Date: 1929

Background imageHerts Collection: St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire

St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire
The massive (and rather disliked) west end of St Albans Abbey designed by Edmund Beckett, First Baron Grimthorpe. Potentially the site of the place of death of Britain's First Christian Martyr

Background imageHerts Collection: The Royal Masonic Institution for Boys, Bushey, Herts (b / w photo)

The Royal Masonic Institution for Boys, Bushey, Herts (b / w photo)
3643203 The Royal Masonic Institution for Boys, Bushey, Herts (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Royal Masonic Institution for Boys, Bushey)

Background imageHerts Collection: The Eleanor Cross at Waltham Cross, Herts (engraving)

The Eleanor Cross at Waltham Cross, Herts (engraving)
1614250 The Eleanor Cross at Waltham Cross, Herts (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Eleanor Cross at Waltham Cross, Herts)

Background imageHerts Collection: Knebworth, Herts, the Seat of Sir Edward E L Bulwer Lytton, Baronet, Garden Front (engraving)

Knebworth, Herts, the Seat of Sir Edward E L Bulwer Lytton, Baronet, Garden Front (engraving)
1601609 Knebworth, Herts, the Seat of Sir Edward E L Bulwer Lytton, Baronet, Garden Front (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Knebworth, Herts)

Background imageHerts Collection: The Shah of Persia in England (engraving)

The Shah of Persia in England (engraving)
1596002 The Shah of Persia in England (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Shah of Persia in England)

Background imageHerts Collection: St Albans Abbey, St Albans, Hertfordshire

St Albans Abbey, St Albans, Hertfordshire. circa 1875

Background imageHerts Collection: Advert, Travel Metro to Watford, Metro Extension Line

Advert, Travel Metro to Watford, Metro Extension Line, underground to overground. Date: 1926

Background imageHerts Collection: Abbey Church (engraving)

Abbey Church (engraving)
816427 Abbey Church (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Abbey Church, St Albans, Herts, Hertfordshire, England.); Look and Learn / Elgar Collection

Background imageHerts Collection: View of the mansion at Moor Park, Hertfordshire

View of the mansion at Moor Park, Hertfordshire
View of the Palladian mansion at Moor Park, Hertfordshire, dating back to the 17th century. By the time of this illustration, it was possible to travel by train to Rickmansworth

Background imageHerts Collection: Swiss Cottage, Cassiobury Park, near Watford, Hertfordshire

Swiss Cottage, Cassiobury Park, near Watford, Hertfordshire
Swiss Cottage at Cassiobury Park, near Watford, Hertfordshire. By the time of this illustration, it was possible to travel by train to Watford, and enjoy a railway ramble to view the building

Background imageHerts Collection: Cassiobury House, near Watford, Hertfordshire

Cassiobury House, near Watford, Hertfordshire, ancestral seat of the Earls of Essex, dating back to the 16th century. By the time of this illustration

Background imageHerts Collection: Tyttenhanger, Herts, the South Front (b / w photo)

Tyttenhanger, Herts, the South Front (b / w photo)
2774801 Tyttenhanger, Herts, the South Front (b/w photo) by Latham, Charles (d.1912); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tyttenhanger, Herts, the South Front)

Background imageHerts Collection: Pavement Tiles (colour litho)

Pavement Tiles (colour litho)
2796425 Pavement Tiles (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Pavement Tiles. Illustration for A Manual of British Archaeology by Charles Boutell)

Background imageHerts Collection: Hatfield House, Herts, South Front (engraving)

Hatfield House, Herts, South Front (engraving)
3655737 Hatfield House, Herts, South Front (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hatfield House, Herts, South Front)

Background imageHerts Collection: Monumental Brass Rubbing, John and Maud Pecock

Monumental Brass Rubbing, John and Maud Pecock (Pecok, Peacock), St Michaels Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire. circa 1380

Background imageHerts Collection: Monumental Brass Rubbing, Elizabeth Parker

Monumental Brass Rubbing, Elizabeth Parker, Radwell, Hertfordshire. 1603

Background imageHerts Collection: The Colne Valley Waterworks, near Bushey, Herts (engraving)

The Colne Valley Waterworks, near Bushey, Herts (engraving)
1053779 The Colne Valley Waterworks, near Bushey, Herts (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Colne Valley Waterworks, near Bushey, Herts)

Background imageHerts Collection: Viscount Melbourne (engraving)

Viscount Melbourne (engraving)
1617781 Viscount Melbourne (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Viscount Melbourne. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 2 December 1848)

Background imageHerts Collection: New National Schools, Hemel-Hempstead, Herts (engraving)

New National Schools, Hemel-Hempstead, Herts (engraving)
1608529 New National Schools, Hemel-Hempstead, Herts (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: New National Schools, Hemel-Hempstead, Herts)

Background imageHerts Collection: St Albans Abbey, Herts, the longest nave in the world (b / w photo)

St Albans Abbey, Herts, the longest nave in the world (b / w photo)
5200189 St Albans Abbey, Herts, the longest nave in the world (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: St Albans Abbey, Herts)

Background imageHerts Collection: Tyttenhanger, Herts, Entrance, Garden Front (b / w photo)

Tyttenhanger, Herts, Entrance, Garden Front (b / w photo)
2774787 Tyttenhanger, Herts, Entrance, Garden Front (b/w photo) by Latham, Charles (d.1912); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tyttenhanger, Herts, Entrance, Garden Front)

Background imageHerts Collection: Amwell, Herts (engraving)

Amwell, Herts (engraving)
1100692 Amwell, Herts (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Amwell, Herts. Illustration for The Illustrated London News)



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"Herts: A Journey Through Time and Beauty" Step back in time to Hitchin, Herts in the 1940s, where the charm of this quaint town captivates all who visit. The picturesque streets lined with historic buildings tell stories of a bygone era. Crossing over to Stanstead Abbotts, one cannot help but be mesmerized by the majestic beauty of The Bridge. Standing tall against the backdrop of nature's wonders, it is a sight that leaves an indelible mark on your soul. Returning to Hitchin in the 1940s transports you further into history. Immerse yourself in its rich heritage as you explore its hidden gems and unravel tales from days gone by. Venturing towards Rickmansworth/Herts in the 50s reveals a different side to this enchanting county. Discover Ashridge House, an architectural masterpiece nestled amidst sprawling greenery. Its grandeur echoes through time, leaving visitors awe-inspired. At National Children's Home in Harpenden, Herts, witness a heartwarming scene at their laundry facility. Here, dedicated individuals work tirelessly to care for those most vulnerable - truly embodying compassion and love. Brocket Hall stands proudly in Hatfield, Herts; it was here that Lord Palmerston took his last breath. An engraving immortalizes this historical moment within these hallowed walls - forever etched into our collective memory. Embark on an adventure with YHA's poster inviting you to explore your country. Let Hertfordshire be your playground as you uncover hidden treasures and create memories that will last a lifetime. Guessens Court welcomes visitors with open arms within Welwyn Garden City's charming embrace. This idyllic location exudes tranquility while offering glimpses into its fascinating past - a true haven for seekers of peace and serenity. The Robey Tri-Tandem Road Roller number 45655 "Herts Wanderer" takes center stage, a testament to the county's industrial prowess.