These are the links that we know are most often used by people with an interest in the history of Wheathampstead.

There are sure to be more. If you find one, please contact us at : 




This website was produced and managed by local resident Brian Joyce but is no longer being updated. It has a wealth of information about the village, with extensive historical content that includes oral history, clips from the local press dating back to the 19th century, and old photos. The section on local families lists scores of surnames with information about many of them, some contributed from as far afield as Australia. The section on local pubs shows photos of 26, many of which are now closed, with historical information about each.


Here, you can see a range of aerial photographs of Wheathampstead, mostly taken between 1946 and 1952.


A ten-minute silent film of a postman at work in Wheathampstead in the 1940s.


A BBC online news story, dated 2002, suggesting that Wheathampstead was becoming a ‘ghost' village.


Photographs of Wheathampstead station platform from the 1960s to the present day, including the most recent stages of its restoration with the wagon and shelter.


The East Anglian Film Archive holds three films with links to Wheathampstead. One is a 20-minute silent film, made by local resident Margaret Wright, showing daily life in Wheathampstead in 1948, including the smithy, the wheelwright and the school. Another shows Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother opening the new secondary school in 1967, and Queen Elizabeth II at St Albans Abbey on Maundy Thursday 1957. The third one appears to be film of an amateur dramatic performance at Mackerye End in 1936. Click on  and search for 'Wheathampstead'.        


A biography of Edward of Wheathampstead, progenitor of the Hertfordshire Brockett dynasty in the 15th century, from the Brocket archive.


The Hertfordshire Genealogy website includes pages about Wheathampstead, with many more links.


The Herts Memories website was launched by HALS (Herts Archives and Local Studies) in 2009 to celebrate life in Hertfordshire. It includes memories, photos, knowledge and opinions about the county - as it is today and as it was in the past. The site is developed and edited by volunteers. It has a page with information about Wheathampstead.


This annotated aerial photograph of The Murphy Chemical Company Ltd, including the railway station and sidings, was probably taken in the 1950s.


The late Samuel John Collins MBE (1928-2004) ("Mr Wheathampstead") collected some 300 photographs and other historical documents about the village. They can now be found on Facebook.


Historic Environment Records (sometimes referred to as Sites and Monuments Records) can be found on the Heritage Gateway website. Select "Hertfordshire", then insert "Wheathampstead" and select the area in which you are interested (eg within a 2km radius) to find a list of heritage buildings, archaeological sites, monuments and other sites of historical interest.


The Thrale family have long been linked to the history of this area. For information about the Thrales of Wheathampstead since the 18th century, with links to the Thrales of Sandridge and of St Albans, click here.




SAHAAS (St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society, better known as 'The Arc and Arc')

(Search "Wheathampstead" to find a wealth of relevant material)


Lemsford Local History Group


Codicote Local History Society


Harpenden Local History Society


Welwyn and District Local History Society


Welwyn Archaeological Society


Fleetville Diaries


Hertfordshire Record Society


Hertfordshire Association for Local History


Hertfordshire Family History Society


Hatfield Local History Society


Ayot St Peter 




Historic Environment Record Viewer. This viewer provides access to resources relating to archaeological sites, finds and historic monuments within Hertfordshire.


A history of Murphy and Son Ltd from 1887 to the present day


English Heritage: listed buildings in the parish of Wheathampstead


History of Kimpton


History of Blackmore End and Porters End - the legacy of the Baxendales


Victoria County History, Wheathampstead with Harpenden


Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies


Harpenden Directory, including short descriptions of some buildings in the centre of Wheathampstead


The National Library of Scotland provides access to digitised Ordnance Survey maps up to the 1960  series for the entire country.  They allow users to quickly compare maps with later maps and modern satellite images. The site is invaluable to local historians.


Website of a company that sells old maps; the site includes a history of Hertfordshire


Website of a company that sells photographs including some of Wheathampstead in 1960/61


The village of Ayot St Lawrence is not in the parish of Wheathampstead but there are strong links via George Bernard Shaw, his friendship with Apsley Cherry Garrard of Lamer, and his use of the railway station.