Unique visitors passed the 16,000 mark in September.
There is an article about Offley Holes House which stood for less than thirty years.
Link:Offley Holes House
My great uncles and aunts - the children of Charles and Elizabeth Wray of Austage
End - are researched. Link:Charles Wray’s children
Finally, Arthur Cook, the under-gardener at Stagenhoe (1950 - 1954) is featured.
September 2013 Site
hits in August 2013: 1,205
Another mixed-bag of information:
The eugenics movement is explained and its stirrings at Preston are described: Eugenics
Further information (shown in a blue font) about Preston’s wells has come to light,
which includes a detailed description of a horrific death at Temple Dinsley:Wells
Details of the bombs etc that fell in the Preston area are listed (also shown in
a blue font):WW2 bombs
August 2013 Site
hits in July 2013: 987
This month there is a hotch-potch of details.
The occupants of Stagenhoe between 1943 and 1969 can be identified thanks to three
informative e-mails received. Link: Stagenhoe 1943-69.
The Hill End page has been updated; more photographs being added. Link: Hill End
Penny Causer has kindly sent a postcard dated 1907 which has a previously unseen
view of Temple Dinsley dated 1907. Link: TD1907
July 2013 Site
hits in June 2013: 930
The folk who lived at Preston from 1929 until 1950 are identified.Link: 1929-50
June 2013 Site
hits in May 2013: 1178
The history of The Old Forge, Church Lane is recounted. Link: The Old Forge.
Also, Preston circa 1970 is seen through the eyes of a boy who spent three years
in the village. Link: S Soto.
This month, a landmark of 15,000 unique visitors has been reached. Two thousand new
web-surfers have visited this site in the last nine months alone. Site hits over
this period were 9,853 - which indicates that many have come back to view the information
May 2013 Site
hits in April 2013: 1185
Two Preston families from the twentieth century are featured: Mr and Mrs RJW Dawson
- Temple Dinsley Estate Manager (Link: Dawson) and Leonard and Eileen (nee Armstrong)
Newell of Elm Cottage, 6 Chequers Cottages (Link: Newell)
April 2013 Site
hits in March 2013:1087
Preston’s Benefit Clubs are researched and described. Link: Benefit Clubs.
March 2013 Site
hits in February 2013: 1048
Snippets of Currell family history which have been amassed over several months are
presented - many of which have to do with Preston. The Currells in Preston in the
twentieth century are featured and details of a Currell murderer - the grandson of
a man born in Preston - are recorded. Link:: Currell cuttings
27 February 2015
Details and photographs of the Preston History book launch are included: Link: Book
1 April 2015
Two delightful poems by Rebecca Cook (nee Brown) relating changes in Preston in the
second half of the twentieth century and living in the village during WW2 are included.
Link: Rebecca’s poems
8 April 2015
A new article about Preston’s history from The Villager, April 2015, is pasted. Link:
1 May 2015 The gardens of Temple Dinsley c. 1909 are explored in depth and Gertrude
Jekyll’s involvement is discussed. Link: Gardens
The fifty -year history of Preston Football Club is researched. Link: Football
Thirty-six new newspaper stories about Preston and its people have been added. Link:
News Nov 2014
Preston’s fair is researched and together with its impact on village life. Link:
Events which led to a sad suicide at Preston in 1933 are explained. Link: 1933
1 September 2014
Hitchin historian, Reginald Hine’s work is examined, particularly his writings about
Preston. Link: Hine
The newly-found methodology of Preston historian, Nina Freebody, is featured. Link:
Finally, the lives of the Fox twins of Stevenage are described - and their connection
with Preston is established. Link: Fox twins
12 August 2014
Twenty-four evocative photographs of Preston and its people mainly from the 1960s
have been uploaded as part of a page devoted to the reminiscences of Robert Sunderland.
Link: R Sunderland
More memories and photographs of Preston are welcomed. Please use the Contact Page
- Link: Contact
4 August 2014
Appropriately on this day, the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of The Great
War, a further twenty-three men who fought in WW1 with Preston connections are listed.
23 July 2014
For those interested in the village but who live away, an update is given of the
present-day Affordable Housing Project at Templars Lane. Link: AFP
Also, a newsworthy case from 1887 that involved two Preston people and that was widely
reported in England and Scotland is recounted. Link: News 1887
More information and photographs have been found concerning Chequers Cottages along
Chequers Lane. These are are incorporated in a new page. Link: Chequers Cottages
28 June 2014
The twentieth-century occupants of Rose Cottage and The Wilderness at Chequers Lane/Butchers
Lane are described. Link: Wilderness; further memories of Stagenhoe are recorded
. Link:Stagenhoeand more information about John Curling of Offley Holes is included.
10 June 2014.
The people and new homes of Preston between 1952 and 1985 are described. Link: 1952-1985
The reader may be surprised to learn that in the seventeenth century, the most populated
lane at Preston was Back Lane and its private road extension which ran towards Preston
Hill Farm. There were no fewer than sixteen tumbledown cottages along this short
stretch of byway. The position, history, owners and tenants of the Preston Hill Farm
Lane cottages are researched and recounted: Link: Preston Hill Farm Lane Cottages
n 2010, an article about straw plaiting was commissioned by Practical Family History.
The magazine ceased publication in December 2010. By this time, new material and
photographs had been researched and they have been included in a new article on straw
plaiting for this web site which is thrice the length of the original piece. If the
reader has any ancestors who were straw plaiters at Preston, the item may help to
understand their lives.
The story of Cecil and Maggie Jenkins has been expanded and features a local homicide.
1 October 2015
The life and achievements of Chris Sansom (teacher, historian and archaeologist)
who lived for a time with his parents at School Lane Preston are featured. Link:
Seven new New drawings of Temple Dinsley between 1894 and 1898 are included that
demonstrate how the mansion and its gardens developed around this time.Link: New
1 November 2015
The lives of Herbie and Phyll Jenkins at Castle Farm are celebrated. Link: Herbie
The criminal career of William Pedder who escaped from Dartmoor Prison is examined.
Link: W Pedder
A serious house fire at Offley Holes Farm Cottages on 18 October 2015 is reported.
Link: OHFC fire
2 November 2015 Important detailed information about Preston people from 1939 recorded
in the Wartime Domesday Register are included after its internet release today. Link:
1 April 2016. A new collection of news reports featuring Preston in the nineteenth
century. (Link: News April 2016) These are an invaluable source for understanding
village life in the nineteenth century.
16 January 2016 The history of Hill Cottage and Minsden Cottage - its owners and
occupants - at Jacks Hill, Poynders End is chronicled. Link:Jacks Hill
8 March 2016 The recollections of David Peters who was born in Preston in 1931 and
Peters family photographs (including a charming study of Ralston de Vins Pryor) are
included. Link: David Peters
1 June 2016 A new collection of eleven photographs of Preston people from the 1950s/1960s.
(Link: A Preston generation) Many are identified. Many are not. Is there anything
more frustrating that a photo of folk, with no caption? Can you help? If so, please
contact me -Contact
3 November 2016 An up-load chronicles Preston’s involvement with film, tv and radio
productions. Link:Film, tv and radioAlso article about Preston’s first midwife
is published which also examines the circumstances of child birth and care in Hertfordshire
villages in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Link:Preston’s midwife.
1 December 2016 It is ironic that just when I was going to comment that Preston is
rarely mentioned in today’s local press, The Comet carries a front-page story about
Princess Helena College. Forty new news stories about Preston are up-loaded. Link:Dec 2016 News
3 January 2017 The story of Mary Turl (Preston’s postwoman between 1965 and 1980)
is told, giving a special insight into her work. It is accompanied by several photographs
of her family and village people. Link: Mary Turl
1 February 2017 A collection of new news stories including: how Preston School had
a lucky escape and the earliest Preston Cricket Club team/result found so far. Link
News Feb 2017
1 April 2017 A complete article about Ralston de Vins Pryor has been up-loaded which
includes the personal memories of “Squire” Pryor of David Peters. Link: RdeV Pryor