Serving the community for over 150 years

History

The history of Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Church was built in 1863 in the Early English neo-gothic style, as the Parish Church of the Liberty of Little Amwell.

Before the church was built, relegion was taught in the village school or the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel in London Road and the building of Holy Trinity Church was part of the greatest burst of church building in the UKsince the Middle Ages.

The land was donated by Viscount Townshend, the Lord of the Manor. The Reverend David Barclay Bevan of Amwellbury organised the building and became the first Vicar and remained for seventeen years raising eight children from three wives.

The foundation stone was laid in 1862 by Robert Hanbury of Poles, Ware (now Hanbury Manor). The architect was Mr Ewan Christian and the builder was Mr Walter Hitch of Ware.  The building and fittings cost £1,400, mainly funded by Barclay Bevan.

The Church was consecrated on 13th August 1863 by Bishop Wigram of Rochester, to which diocese the Parish belonged. One hundred years later In 1963 the Lych gate was added to commemorate the centenary.

Researching your family history

If you are researching your family history or want to find out about relatives who lived in Hertford Heath, the registers of baptisms, weddings and funerals exist back as far as1863, but only the current parish registers are held at Holy Trinity.

All previous registers have been deposited in the Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies Service, in County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford. Anyone can use this service and there is no charge for consulting records.

Other useful sources of information for tracing ancestors are:

  • GENUKI serves as a “virtual reference library” of genealogical information that is of relevance to the UK & Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, provided by volunteers in cooperation with the Federation of Family History Societies and several its member societies.

  • THE GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE helps you find the government records and other

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