Rural Heritage Society
OF LITTLE GADDESDEN, RINGSHALL, HUDNALL AND ASHRIDGE


Welcome to the Little Gaddesden website hosted by the Rural Heritage Society

Its purpose is to inform, entertain and possibly even amuse on topics pertaining to Little Gaddesden and the surrounding villages. Use the buttons on the left to browse through the site. You will find useful society contacts, telephone and e-mail addresses on the information page, a strong plug for the RHS book - "A Century Remembered", how you can acquire the new footpath map, news of impending walks and reports on past ones, warnings about some of the daft things our planners threaten us with, copies of parish newsletters and a host of other topics related to our environment.

PRIVACY POLICY

click here to access details of the Privacy Policy of the Rural Heritage Society
 

 

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"A CENTURY REMEMBERED"

The book about every aspect of life in Little Gaddesden during the twentieth century.

A must for every home in the village.


click here for details
 

Currently selling for 65 on internet booksellers.

Buy it new direct from the publisher at the reduced price of only 10

 

VICARS BELL

our new publication

 

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click here to find out how to get your copy


NEWS UPDATE

AGM POSTPONED

TILL AUTUMN
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The Rural Heritage Society AGM will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 July 2022 in the Village Hall.  After a short formal AGM, we are pleased to welcome as our speaker

Zora Tyrone, the Head Gardener at Ashridge House

who will be giving a talk on "Ashridge House Gardens - Recent changes and plans for the future".

All members and potential members are welcome.  Wine and nibbles will be served.

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Another new book

The Rural Heritage Society is delighted to announce the publication of a further book about another aspect of the history of Little Gaddesden

TWO HOUSES by Frances Kerner

Family, property and landscape in Little Gaddesden c.1600 - 1800

Frances Kerner is an authority on our locality. Her book describes the history of the village between about 1600 and 1820 through the story of two houses on the village green and of their inhabitants, families and neighbours – going back to a time before Little Gaddesden had become an Estate village and when many villagers had moved here from London and often “commuted”, albeit less frequently and more slowly than their modern counterparts. And how many of us knew that the US Vice-President who shot and mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton had visited the village on his European travels?

Copies of the book are available for only 10 from any member of the RHS committee.

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Grey's map of the Ashridge estate produced for the Earl of Bridgewater in 1762

The RHS can produce reproductions of this map individually to order in a variety of formats and sizes. It includes the whole of the village of Little Gaddesden.

For purchasing details click here.

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