Transport systems in the Georgian era; Farming, Marriage, Women & Crime

This website, which includes many local family names, shows the progression of Berkhamsted town from medieval market-place via modest achievement as a thoroughfare town to enhanced success as a canal town with its own inland port, under the influence of a self-interested group of aristocratic landowners and professional gentry.

Market hall and High St

Further studies explore farming on Ashridge estate, marriage seasonality (where the extra income from straw plaiting may have enabled marriage at a younger age), the role of women in the community, and crime and punishment in the town (including one poor woman’s journey from workhouse to New South Wales).

Linda Rollitt, Local History