A History of Preston

in Hertfordshire

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Early Fairey history

Family history

Family tree

Notes re: tree

“A Fairey Tale” article in FHM



My family at Preston

Preston life


Newspaper stories

Temple Dinsley

Preston places


Preston people


General notes



Family history to 1900

Family tree

Notes re: tree

Charles Wray b1820

Alfred Wray b1858

Arthur Wray b1883

    Son, Charlie Wray b1910

Charles Wray b1884

Carrie Pell/Wray b1886

Alice Snelling/Wray b1888

Flossie Sugden/Wray b1889

Ern Wray b1893

Bob Wray b1893

Nan Wray 1896

Ada Hitchman/Wray b1898

Frank Wray b1899

Jack Wray b1900

Dick Wray b1903

Sam Wray b1905

    Wife, Grace Mills b1912

Maggie Whitby/Wray b1908

Ellis Wray, Luton b 1877




Preston’s Anglican churches

A photographic visit to St Martin

Preston Parish News 1900 - 1941


Bunyans Chapel


Minsden Chapel


Back Street Meeting House, Hitchin

Births and baptisms:

Chronological List

Alphabetical List



St Martin: 1909 - 1985


1800 - 1900

St Martin: 1906 - 2009


General notes




1841  Analysis


          Alphabetical list

1851  Analysis


          Alphabetical list

1861  Analysis


          Alphabetical list

1871  Analysis


          Alphabetical list

1881  Analysis


          Alphabetical list

1886  Religious census

1891  Analysis


          Alphabetical list

1901  Analysis


         Alphabetical list

1911  Analysis


          Alphabetical list

Militia Lists - Preston

1811c Preston Map and Award

Manorial records of Temple Dinsley

1837 Preston Rate Book

The 1939 Register for Preston


Family history

Family tree

Notes re: tree



Family history

Breed family tree



Family history

Preston history

Currells of Preston/Hitchin     Thomas Currell (bn1831)

   Family tree

   Notes re: tree   

   News stories

Currells around Hitchin:

   Of Willian

   Family tree

   Notes re: tree

   Of Norton

   Family tree

   Notes re: tree

   News stories

   Of Aston

   Family tree

   Notes re: tree

Snippetts of Currell family history

A History of Preston’s 3 Schools

Pupils in school logbook

School mistresses

List of teachers   



Preston School 1873 - 1901 FTM

Preston School 1900 - 1939


Preston school 100 years ago (from the Daily Mirror)



Preston Hill robbery

Parsonnage Farm Fire




Family disputes

Farmers and dealers


Highway offences

Theft and robbery



A newsworthy case (1887)

36 new News Stories (Nov 2014)

More news stories April 2016; December2016;   February 2017


Straw plaiting





Preston’s wells and wind pumps


The pound at Preston

Preston allotments


Best kept village 1950s

Beating the parish boundaries

Preston’s Benefit Clubs

Preston fair

Preston Football Club




Hinde, Robert


Swain (later family)

Stephen Swain

Emily Soldene: opera star

Emily and Preston

(Early) Swain saga

(Early) Swain tree

Notes re: Swain tree

Charles Swain (bn 1818)

Seebohms of PoyndersEnd

Norah Gribble and Mrs Leslie Seebohm

Preston soldiers of WW I

Nina Freebody: Preston Historian

Samuel Hall

Chalkley Whitbread - bankrupt Preston  farmer

Simon and Rebecca Stevens

The Scott family of Church Road

Miss Rose Barker (Preston schoolmistress)

Armigel Pryor (of ‘The Cottage)

William (Bill) and Rose Stanley

Dick Middleditch

The Wallers - builders of Preston

Mr and Mrs DJW Dawson

Leonard and Eileen Newell

Re: Sam Soto 1969-72

Wills of Preston folk 1640 -1839

People of Preston 1929 - 1950

Preston people 1952 - 1985

Arthur Cook, Stagenhoe

A gallery of Preston folk

Memories of Robert Sunderland

Reginald Hine - Hitchin historian

The Fox twins of Stevenage

A sad suicide in 1933

Cecil and Maggie Jenkins

Poems by Rebecca Cook

‘The Villager’ Preston article 4/15

Preston at Hitchin History Day

  - July 2015.

Family Tree magazine article re:

Preston Aug 2015.

Blanchards of Rose Cottage

Samuel Gunning of Langley End Cottage

Chris Sansom: Preston historian

Herbie and Phyll Jenkins of Castle Farm

William Pedder (1837 - 1919)

Recollections of David Peters

Photos of Preston folk 1950s/60s Preston’s first midwife/nurse Preston in film,TV and Radio

Mary Turl - Preston’s postwoman

Ralston de Vins Pryor

New article in Family Tree mag 6/19

Church plans to sell Minsden Chapel


The Pryor family 1874 - 1901

Barrington-White 1901 - 1908

The Fenwicks 1908 - 1918.

Almina Countess of Carnarvon

and Ian Dennistoun 1929 - 1934



Thomas Halsey (1840 - 1844)

John Weeks (1869 - 1879)

Temple Dinsley - an introduction

Eighty-six photos re: Temple Dinsley in 1913c and 1989

The gardens of Temple Dinsley c.1909


The Cottage/The Dower House


Princess Helena College and Preston

The Book

“A History of Preston in Hertfordshire”

Details of the book


The book launch



Site information

How this website evolved


What’s new

Contact page

Your family interests

‘Preston’ defined

Preston: Parishes and Manors

A detailed history of Preston




The cottages of Preston

Tracing the history of Preston’s cottages - an introduction

Cottages at :

(1) Crunnells Green/School Lane

(2) Preston Green - South side

(3) Back Lane

(4) Chequers Lane (NE side)

(5) N side of Church Lane

(6) The Old Forge

(7) Spindle Cottage

(8) Hill Farm Lane

(9) Chequers Cottages

(10) Jacks Hill


Sir Edwin Lutyens’ legacy at:

(1) Chequers Lane

(2) Minsden Farm

(3) Hill End

(4) Crunnells Green

(5) Temple Dinsley

(6) The Rose Garden


The Chequers Inn

The Red Lion Inn

Community buy out of Red Lion

Preston Green

Trees of Preston Green

Blacksmiths/Church Lane

Crunnells Green

The waste at Crunnells Green

Church/School Lane

The Wilderness

Back Lane

Chequers Lane

Chequers Cottages

Poynders End/Jacks Hill

Hill End

Preston Hill Farm

Pond Farm

Temple Farm

Wain Wood and Bunyan’s Dell

Castle Farm

Home Farm, Hitchin Road

Holly Cottages, Back Lane

Sootfield Green

Kiln Wood


Offley Holes House

Offley Holes Farm

Swedish Houses, Chequers Lane


FTM article re: ‘lost’ village of Welei.

Straightening Preston Hill road

Preston’s affordable housing (2014)

The Booklet


“St Martin’s, Preston in Hertfordshire”

Click for details of the

booklet and how to order


£5 + p&p

Preston history by N Freebody

Mrs Maybrick’s  Scrapbook (1953)

Preston people in the 17C

Earliest map of Preston

Preston visits:1890s, 1913, 1970

Traditions of Sterne and Bunyan

Preston Parish News 1900 -1941

Preston and World War Two

Herts Record Sessions extracts

New in March 2018

The Althams of

Crunnells Green House, Preston

My aunt, Flossie Sugden’s bigamist husband