Historical Hatfield

Hatfield is steeped in History. Documented  as far back as 970 AD there is much written about Hatfield’s geographical significance and its’s historical contribution, none more so than the development of air travel and the Jet engine through De Havilland Aircraft Company.

There are a number of links that will take you to some interesting information provided by various historical hatfield groups and interested parties that we are happy to acknowledge.

‘The history of Hatfield can be traced back over a thousand years to 970 AD when King Edgar granted 40 hides of land to the monks of Ely.   A century later the Domesday Book records ‘Hetfelle’ (derived from the Saxon Haethfeld, meaning heath-covered open land) as having a Parish Priest and 54 other inhabitants (18 villeins, 18 bordars, 12 cottagers and 6 serfs).
Hatfield Local History Society – http://hatfieldhistory.uk/history.html

Hatfield was, and is, a green and pleasant place. Its strategic position on the Great North Road from London partly explains the town’s rich and diverse history. Hatfield has particular significance for people interested in Tudor (especially Elizabethan), Victorian, road, rail and aviation history. 
Outline History of Hatfield by D H Markus – http://www.hatfield-herts.co.uk/history.html

Here you can browse through our collection of local historical material, which includes photos, old documents and the memories of local people. 
The History of the town of Hatfield – http://www.ourhatfield.org.uk

During the War Years, ‘Hertfordshire became one of the great staging areas for troops going to France in WW1. Made from photographs supplied by local museums and the public, the camera looks deeply into the unsung heroes of the Home Front, at home and at work. It offers a fresh and surprisingly local view of a story that is now retold on television on a wider canvass. Interlaced with original recordings and songs of the period, the film makes compulsive viewing, often haunting, ultimately uplifting and forever Hertfordshire.’

Copyright the Hertfordshire Lieutenancy. It is not for profit and any donations will go to the Army Benevolent Fund.

A DVD called “A County at War, Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire” is available free to community groups who may wish to screen it. For more information please email acountyatwar@gmail.com