A History of Preston

in Hertfordshire

Preston residents

1928 - 1930

Listed here are the 219 adult residents of Preston between 1928 and 1930 as noted in the electoral registers. This information is a useful bridge between the 1911 Census and the 1939 War Register - especially as the 1921 Census will not be available for three years.

 

This data shows the housing stock in the village and the movements of folk in, out and around Preston. In particular, the temporary inhabitants of the village are worth recording - the staff at Temple Dinsley and Poynders End, for example.

 

The dates that individuals were in Preston is shown. No dates by names indicates that they were present for all three years.

 

There are links to information about people who’s names are printed in blue. At the end are some brief biographical notes of selected people.

AYRES

AYRES

WILSON

WILSON

FREEMAN

FREEMAN

DOBBS

DOBBS

SWAIN

PERRY

CURRELL

CURRELL

BUNYAN

BUNYAN

BUNYAN

ANDREWS

ANDREWS

ANDREWS

PAYNE

ANDREWS

ADDIE

ADDIE

SHARP

SHARP

SHARP

CURRELL

JENKINS

JENKINS

FREE

FREE

JENKINS

JEEVES

JEEVES

CRAWLEY

CRAWLEY

ARLIDGE

ARLIDGE

CRAWLEY

CRAWLEY

JEEVES

CRAWLEY

PALMER

PALMER

SHARP

SHARP

PETERS

PETERS

PETERS

ROLFE

REED

REED

HALL

HALL

PALMER

PALMER

WRAY

WRAY

WRAY

WRAY

LONGLEY

LONGLEY

ARMSTRONG

ARMSTRONG

GARNER

GARNER

SMITH

THRUSSELL

THRUSSELL

WEBSTER

PETERS

PETERS

FITZJOHN

FREEMAN

FREEMAN

FREEMAN

PASSINGHAM

SHARP

SHARP

FREEMAN

ANDREWS

ANDREWS

JENKINS

JENKINS

ASHTON

ASHTON

ASHTON

HEDLEY

CHALKLEY

CHALKLEY

DAVIS

DAWSON

DAWSON

SMITH

SMITH

MacGILVRAY

MILES

MILES

MILES

MIDDLEDITCH

MIDDLEDITCH

FROST

BROWN

FROST

LEVITT

COOK

COOK

AUSTIN

AUSTIN

CAMERON

DUGIND

McHARDY

SCOTLAND

CLAXTON

CLAXTON

CLAXTON

PEARCE

CRAWLEY

CURRELL

EWINGTON

JENKINS

JENKINS

DARTON

DARTON

DARTON

GARNER

GARNER

MARSHALL

PETERS

PETERS

PETERS

PETERS

PETERS

PETERS

PETERS

SHARP

WALKER

WALKER

JENKINS

JENKINS

JENKINS

JENKINS

PETERS

SHARP

PETERS

BOWDEN

BOWDEN

ELLIS

ELLIS

BURR

JONES

JONES

BURTON

BURTON

SEEBOHM

PATERNOSTER

ALLSWORTH

SEEBOHM

BAKER

FIELDER

FILDER

WOODHOUSE

GARNER

GARNER

SHAW

BALL

HAMMOND

HAMMOND

CANNON

CANNON

CANNON

NASH

NASH

ROBINSON

ROBINSON

PRYOR

PETERS

WORTHINGTON

WORTHINGTON

HEDLEY

HEDLEY

TULEY

TULEY

DEED

WRAY

WRAY

BOX

BOX

PETTESON

PETTESON

VICKERS

VICKERS

DANIELS

CARNARVON

DAVIS

DAY

DENISTOUN

JEFFRIES

McINTYRE

McLOUGHLIN

OSBORN

TAYLOR

TAYLOR

THORPE

WOODS

LONGLEY

LONGLEY

MURPHY

MURPHY

CROSS

CROSS

FAULKNER

FAULKNER

DARTON

DARTON

WHITE

WHITE

COSTER

GIBSON

TOWNS

 

Arthur

Mary

Harry Cecil George

Nora

Elizabeth

Reuben

Agnes Dorothy

Arthur

John

Eleanor

Annie

Arthur

Walter

Ellen

Lilian

Adelaide

George

George (jnr)

Thomas

Ellen

Hilda Emily

William Wilson

Annie

Ida May

William

George

Herbert

Phylis

Eli

Daisy Jane

Frank

Amos

George

Louisa

Robert

Albert Thomas

Cecilia

Arthur

Ethel Margaret

Sarah

George

Arthur

Lizzie

Emily Lavinia

Herbert

Caroline

Thomas

Annie Martha

Ethel

Charles

Lydia Inez Bird

Samuel

Lily

Alice Maud

James

Alfred

Emma

Dick

Sam

Caroline

Alfred

Gertrude Kate

Henry James

Mary Elizabeth

Sidney James

Louisa Jane

Thomas

Annie

Laura

Walter

Delphie

Elizabeth

Bessie

Elizabeth

Reuben George

Margaret Helen

Lawrence Herbert

Walter

Eva Tristram

Daisy May

Frederick William

Ernest

Frederick

Thomas

Caroline

Catherine Rose

Mary Louisa

Harriett

William Arthur

Evelyn Mary

Annie Anderson

Reginald Joseph W

Emma

Jesse

Barbara

Ernest Charles

Alice Mary

William Kenwood

Ethel Margaret

Philip Dick

Rosa

Hannah

Clara

Elizabeth

Jessie

William Henry

Agnes Margaret

William

John

William

William

Matthew Bennie

Edith

William

Rosa

Victor

Emma

Frank

William

Harry

Lizzie

Henry  

William Alfred

Gladys

William George

Nellie

William

George Henry

Isabella

Eliza

William James

Hubert Thomas

Lawrence Henry

Leonard Charles

Percy James

Frederick

Alice

Arthur James

Minnie

William

Laurence

Emily Lavinia

Lucy Jane Loveday

Nora Eleanor

George Leonard

Doris Mabel

Thomas Leonard

Ada Elizabeth

Lovell

Harold George

Grace Annie

Lavinia Louisa

Sydney Charles

Hugh Exton

Ellen

Louise Emily

Derrick

Edith

Mary

Ella Evelyn

Enid Marion

Daisy

John

Frederick

Lily

Evelyn Jane

Ernest William

Helen

Ernest

Florence

Bertha Emily

George William

Frederick Arthur

Margaret

Ralston de Vins

Annie Cristobel

Harry

Margaret Elizabeth

James Edward

Martha Lily

Eliza

Thomas

Fanny Louisa

Frank

Margaret

Ernest

Irene

Sverre

Letitia

Douglas

The Hon., Katherine A

Hannah

Almina, Countess of

Edith

Alfred

Lt-Col Ian Onslow

Laura

Mary  

Mary

William

Martin

Mary

Winifred

Eva

Caroline

Alfred

John

Eugene Elizabeth

Mary Ann

Harold George

Daisy

William

Alice Eliza

Charles Ernest

Arthur Wilson

Mary

William Albert

Benjamin

David

 

Back Lane

Back Lane

Back Lane

Back Lane

Back Lane (1928)

Back Lane (1928)

Back Lane, 2 Holly Cottages

Back Lane, 2 Holly Cottages

Back Lane, 3 Holly Cottages

Back Lane, 3 Holly Cottages (1929-1930)

Back Lane, 4 Holly Cottages

Back Lane, 4 Holly Cottages

Back Lane, 5 Holly Cottages

Back Lane, 5 Holly Cottages (1929-1930)

Back Lane, 5 Holly Cottages (1930)

Back Lane, Holly Cottages

Back Lane, Holly Cottages

Back Lane, Holly Cottages

Back Lane, Holly Cottages

Back Lane, Holly Cottages (1929-1930)

Butchers Lane, Rose Cottage (1929)

Butchers Lane, Rose Cottage (1929) (1)

Butchers Lane, The Wilderness

Butchers Lane, The Wilderness

Butchers Lane, The Wilderness

Castle Farm

Castle Farm  

Castle Farm  

Castle Farm (1929-1930) (2)

Castle Farm (1929-1930)

Castle Farm (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane

Chequers Lane

Chequers Lane

Chequers Lane

Chequers Lane (1928) (3)

Chequers Lane (1928)

Chequers Lane (1928-1929)

Chequers Lane (1929)

Chequers Lane (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, 1 Chequers Cottages

Chequers Lane, 1 Chequers Cottages

Chequers Lane, 11 Council Houses  

Chequers Lane, 11 Council Houses  

Chequers Lane, 2 Chequers Cottages

Chequers Lane, 2 Chequers Cottages

Chequers Lane, 2 Chequers Cottages (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, 2 Council Houses  

Chequers Lane, 3 Chequers Cottages

Chequers Lane, 3 Chequers Cottages  

Chequers Lane, 3 Council Houses  

Chequers Lane, 3 Council Houses  

Chequers Lane, 4 Council Houses  

Chequers Lane, 4 Council Houses  

Chequers Lane, 5 Chequers Cottages

Chequers Lane, 5 Chequers Cottages

Chequers Lane, 5 Chequers Cottages (1928)

Chequers Lane, 5 Chequers Cottages (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, 5 Council Houses (1930)

Chequers Lane, 5 Council Houses (1930)

Chequers Lane, 6 Chequers Cottages

Chequers Lane, 6 Chequers Cottages

Chequers Lane, Council Houses

Chequers Lane, Council Houses

Chequers Lane, Council Houses

Chequers Lane, Council Houses

Chequers Lane, Council Houses

Chequers Lane, Council Houses

Chequers Lane, Council Houses  

Chequers Lane, Council Houses   (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, Council Houses (1929)

Chequers Lane, Council Houses (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, Council Houses (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, Council Houses (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, Council Houses (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, Council Houses (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, Council Houses (1929-1930)

Chequers Lane, Council Houses (1930)

Chequers Lane, The Chequers

Chequers Lane, The Chequers

Church Road, St Martins Place

Church Road, St Martins Place

Church Road, The Old Forge

Church Road, The Old Forge (1929-1930)

Church Road, The Old Forge (1929-1930)

Crunnell Green House (1929-1930)

Crunnells Green

Crunnells Green

Crunnells Green (1929-1930)

Crunnells Green House

Crunnells Green House

Crunnells Green House

Crunnells Green House

Crunnells Green House (1929-1930) (4)

Dead Womans Lane, Keepers Lodge (1928-1929)

Dead Womans Lane, Keepers Lodge (1928-1929) (5)

Dead Womans Lane, Keepers Lodge (1929); Crunnells Green (1930)

Dead Womans Lane, Keepers Lodge (1930)

Dead Womans Lane, Keepers Lodge (1930)

Hitchin Road, Spindle Cottage (PO)

Hitchin Road, Spindle Cottage (PO) (1929-1930)

Hitchin Road, Spindle Cottage (PO) (1929-1930)

Hitchin Road, Spindle Cottage (PO) (1929-1930)

Hitchin Road, Temple Dinsley Cottage (1929)

Hitchin Road, Temple Dinsley Cottage (1929)

Hitchin Road, The Cottage

Hitchin Road, The Cottage

Hitchin Road, The Cottage (1929-1930)

Hitchin Road, The Cottage (1930)

Hitchin Road, The Cottage (1930)

Hitchin Road, The Cottage (1930)

Hitchin Road, Wain Wood

Hitchin Road, Wain Wood

Hitchin Road, Wain Wood (1929-1930)

Hitchin Road, Wain Wood (1929-1930)

Houses on Church Road now replaced by Preston House

Houses on Church Road now replaced by Preston House

Houses on Church Road now replaced by Preston House

Houses on Church Road now replaced by Preston House

Houses on Church Road now replaced by Preston House

Kiln Wood Cottage

Kiln Wood Cottage

Kiln Wood Cottage (1929-1930)

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood

Nr Hitchwood  

Nr Hitchwood  

Nr Hitchwood  

Nr Hitchwood (1929-1930)

Nr Hitchwood (1929-1930)

Nr Hitchwood (1929-1930)

Nr Hitchwood (1929-1930)

Offley Holes

Offley Holes

Offley Holes

Offley Holes

Offley Holes (1929-1930)

Pond Farm

Pond Farm

Poynders End

Poynders End

Poynders End

Poynders End (1929)

Poynders End (1929-1930)

Poynders End (1929-1930)

Poynders End (1930)

Poynders End (1930)

Poynders End (1930)

Poynders End (1930)

Poynders End Farm

Poynders End Farm

Preston

Preston Green

Preston Green

Preston Green

Preston Green, Fig Tree Cottage  

Preston Green, Fig Tree Cottage (1930)

Preston Green, Fig Tree Cottage (1930)

Preston Green, Laburnum Lodge

Preston Green, Laburnum Lodge

Preston Green, Peters Cottage

Preston Green, Peters Cottage

Preston Green, The Laburnums

Preston Green, The Laburnums (1929-1930)

Preston Green, Vine Cottage

Preston Green, Vine Cottage (1929-1930)

Red Lion

Red Lion

School Lane

School Lane (6)

School Lane Bungalows

School Lane Bungalows  

School Lane Bungalows  

School Lane Bungalows (1930)

School Lane Bungalows (1930)

Sootfield Green

Sootfield Green (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1928-1929)

Temple Dinsley (1928-1929)

Temple Dinsley (1929-1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley (1930)

Temple Dinsley, The Lodge (1928-1929)

Temple Dinsley, The Lodge (1928-1929)

Temple Dinsley, The Lodge (1928-1929)

Temple Dinsley, The Lodge (1929)

Temple Dinsley, The Lodge (1930)

Temple Dinsley, The Lodge (1930)

Temple Dinsley, The Lodge (1930)

Temple Dinsley, The Lodge (1930)

Temple Farm

Temple Farm

Temple Farm

Temple Farm

The Bothy (1928)

The Bothy (1928)

The Bothy (1930)

 

(1) The Addies lived briefly at Rose Cottage, Butchers Lane in 1921. William was Scottish, having been born in 1891 at Forth, Lanarkshire. He was an agricultural steam engine fitter. His wife, Hilda, was born in 1895 at Cardington in Bedfordshire. The couple married at Ampthill, Beds. in the spring of 1925. By 1939, they had moved to 243 Turners Road, Luton. William died at Aylesbury, Bucks. in 1971.

(2) Eli Free was a gardener. He was born at Linton, on the Cambridgeshire/Essex border in 1873 and his wife, Daisy, in 1878. In 1939, they were living on the Whitwell High Street. Eli and Daisy died in the area in the late 1950’s.

(3) Albert and Cecilia Arlidge lived briefly on Chequers Lane in 1928. Eleven years later the couple were residing in a detached bungalow at 179 Toddington Road, Luton and Albert was working as a brush salesman and handyman/carpenter.

(4) Barbara MacGilvray was Mrs Reginald Dawson’s mother, who was born in 1863. She died in the Hitchin area in late 1955.

 

 

 

 

(5) Kenward Cottage (right) is the detached home beside the Red Lion car park. Why was it so named? In 1929/30 William Kenward Miles, a builder/foreman, was living in Preston firstly at the Keepers Lodge on the Kings Walden Road and then at Crunnells Green where, curiously, he was also living in 1911. William’s middle name was a nod towards his great grandfather, William Kenward, (born 1773c) who cared for the 222-acre White House Farm at Hartfield in East Sussex. His father, Henry Miles, was living on the farm as a teenager in 1851 and Henry’s parents were John Miles and Ann Kenward who married in Hartfield, Sussex in 1828.

 

We can link William Miles with Kenward Cottage because he was living there in 1939 and when he died on 2 April 1948, (leaving an estate of £4,101) his address intriguingly was 2 Kenward Cottages, Preston. He was buried at St Martins on 5 April 1948 where his wife, Emma, was also buried in 1924. In 1951, William (Bill) and Elizabeth (Betty) Palmer were living in the cottage - probably having bought it following William Miles’ death.

I had wondered whether William had actually built the cottage but in 1901 he was still entrenched in Sussex and the cottage appears to have been built before that date as it was shown on the 1898 Inland Revenue map and also on the village sketch map dated 1884. I have not found the house called Kenward Cottage in any document until 1948 - which suggests that William bestowed his middle name on his home.

 

(6) The Tuleys lived in a bungalow on School Lane for two years from April 1927 until March 1929. Thomas Arthur was born in the North Mimms, Herts. in 1886 while his wife, Eliza, was the daughter of a farmer of 116 acres at Burlescombe in Devon. The couple married at St James, Fulham in 1908, Thomas describing himself as a gardener. They appear to have produced had five children including Eva Tristram and Bessie who were born in 1908 and 1913 respectively - any suspicion the the name ‘Tristram’ indicates that there was a connection between the family and Preston should be debunked. Tristram was Eliza’s maiden name. Two children, Mildred and Francis, attended Preston School.

 

Thomas volunteered for military duty during World War 1 in December. He was a military policeman, but was unable to serve overseas due to ill health - although after the war ended he was sent to Gibralter where he was still serving in 1920. Judging from the records they left, the family moved frequently: Barnet (1908), 1911- Thomas was a domestic gardener at St Albans, Edmonton (1913), Ware, Herts (1916) and Hitchin in 1918 - they lived at 42 Old Park Road. Before they arrived at Preston they resided at Willian, Herts. and they left the village for Devon. In 1939, Thomas was a general farm hand at Hitchwood Lodge, Stagenhoe Park. Eliza died in the Hitchin area in December 1942 and when Thomas died in 1965 he had returned to the district of his childhood around Hatfield.

 

Their oldest child, Eva Tristram Tuley, married Reuben Freeman at St Martins in 1937. The family lived initially at Sadleirs End in the 1930s until they moved to 10 Council Houses on the north-east side of Chequers Lane. Eva died in 2002 aged 93 and her ashes were scattered at St Martins on 23 August. Her sister, Bessie M Tuley married Herbert Wootton (an ophthalmic lens engineer) at St Martin in 1937 and two years later the couple were residing at Letchworth, Herts.

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