Place:Bishop's Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England

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NameBishop's Hatfield
Alt namesBrantfieldsource: from redirect
Lemsfordsource: hamlet in parish
Newgate Street Villagesource: hamlet in parish
Ponsbournesource: hamlet in parish
Stanboroughsource: hamlet in parish
Woodsidesource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.767°N 0.217°W
Located inHertfordshire, England     ( - 1951)
See alsoBroadwater Hundred, Hertfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Hatfield Rural, Hertfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1951
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, Englandname to which it was changed in 1951
Welwyn Hatfield District, Hertfordshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

Bishop's Hatfield was an ancient parish and a civil parish until 1951. Its principal settlement was Hatfield and this was also a common name for the parish even in the late 19th century.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Bishop's Hatfield from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Hatfield (or Bishops Hatfield), market town and par. with ry. sta., on river Lea, in co. and 6 miles SW. of Hertford - [parish]: 12,884 ac., [population]: 4059; [Post Office, Telegraph Office], 1 Bank. Market-day, Thursday; in the vicinity is Hatfield House, the seat of the Marquis of Salisbury."

The maps show that it was a very large parish and contained a number of other settlements besides Hatfield, such as Lemsford, Newgate Street Village, Ponsbourne, Stanborough, and Woodside (all redirected here).

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