Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Cricketers Public Houses of Hertfordshire

Noeleen has written to say I found your site via Google after I could not read an address in a census. It turned out to be ‘The Cricketers’ in Bennington. In 1851 and 1861 census  Frederick  Parkins was the Victualler and a Shoemaker with his wife Sarah. He was just a Shoemaker in 1841 census. In 1861 it is listed as Cricketers Public House, Bennington Road. By 1871 and 1881 census he is Publican and Shoemaker at the Green Dragon in Waltham which his wife Sarah was head of as a Widow in 1891 census. I hope this is of interest to you and I loved the addition of a shoemakers occupation plus I enjoyed reading about Cricketers Pubs on your site, something unknown to me in NZ.

I have added her comment to the page on the Cricketers pubs I first posted in 2006, together with some relevant news items from the British Newspaper Archive.

In addition I have added an advert relating to the Cricketers public house in Hitchin from 1836 which records that the associated cricket ground was well established at that date. I have also added a Licencing Day report for St Albans for 1884 which mentions The Cricketers in that city (which unfortunately no longer trades under that name).

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Aviation in the First World War - Talk "Air War over Arras"

The next Herts at war talk is on Wednesday 19th April and will be given by historian and author Peter Hart on 'Air War over Arras'. Peter is very well known in history as one of the UK's leading military authors, having written numerous books on the subject and also interviewed hundreds veterans of the Great War in his role as the Imperial War Museum's Oral Historian. With his incredible passion and unique delivery style, Peter is always a popular feature to any speaking event and will no doubt prove so once more!

The venue is The Large Lecture Theatre, De Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield,  Herts, AL10 9EU, doors will be open from 7pm with the talk due to start at 7.30pm and lasting for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

The talk is free but it is important that you reserve your ticket ahead of time to avoid disappointment, you can do so via our eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/air-war-over-arras-by-peter-hart-tickets-27215303706