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Available at Ashwell Village Museum Resource Centre only.

Cliff Jenkinson


The books in the Resource Centre are all entered in the Museum’s on-line catalogue (see page 3 above for details of how to access it).  You can also visit the library and use it in person.  The books are shelved in the upstairs Resource Centre, at the right hand end of the room as you enter.  The library contains books, booklets, documents and transcripts in the following sections:


History of Ashwell – 18 titles, including

·        Tudor Churchwardens’ Accounts, 1563-1603

·        Ashwell Parish Registers, 1604-1837

·        Accounts of the Ashwell Overseers of the Poor, 1722-69

·        Transcripts of Ashwell Documents, including Parish Registers, Local Charities, Apprenticeship Indentures, Militia Lists etc.

·        Extracts from the National Censuses for the years 1851, 1891 and 1901

·        A Different World, Ashwell before 1939, by Albert Sheldrick,

                                        one of the founders of Ashwell Museum (c.1989)

·        Snippets of Ashwell History, by David Short (Ashwell resident) (1997)

·        Ashwell: an example of an Anglo-Saxon town, by David Short, in A County of Small Towns, Terry Slater and Nigel Goose eds. (2008)

·        The good, the bad and the absent: Merchant Taylors’ School, Ashwell, 1669-2001, by David Short, in Herts. Past and Present, 3rd series, Issue 15, Spring 2010.

History of Hertfordshire – 24 titles, including

·        The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, by Nicklaus Pevsner (1953)

·        Domesday Book, Latin and English parallel text, ed. John Morris of Ashwell (1976)


·        Biography of John Newsome, educationist and Ashwell resident,  

                                                                                     by David Parker (2005)


General Local History and Country Life – 75 titles,

          including some on object  history and identification 


Care and Conservation of Historical Objects – 13 titles                             

Learned Journals and Papers – 50 titles,

          including the East Hertfordshire Archaeological  Transactions 1899-1949

Hertfordshire County Records Sessions Books – 5 volumes of legal cases,

                                                                                        covering the years 1619-1840

History of Hitchin – 3 volumes by Reginald Hine (c.1927),

                                                                                                    donated by the author

Letchworth  - by Mervyn Miller (Ashwell resident), (2nd edn.2002)

The Age of Arthur – by John Morris (Ashwell resident), (1973)

Flora of Hertfordshire – by Trevor James (Ashwell resident), (2009)

Older Books in the Museum Library Collection – 60 further titles,

                          mostly published before 1939 and covering a range of subjects.

This page was added on 28/10/2011.

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