Welcome to the website of Hatfield Local History Society, based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. The Society was originally formed in 1990 under the name of “Hatfield This Century” with the aim of recording the changes to the town and parish during the twentieth century. At the turn of the century, the name was changed to “Hatfield Local History Society” and its scope widened to cover Hatfield’s long history from before Domesday up to the present day.
The aims and objectives of the society are:
- To encourage and undertake research into Hatfield’s history.
- To produce publications on aspects of Hatfield’s history
- To provide a forum for the exchange of information.
- To arrange meetings & outings
- To produce a quarterly newsletter
Membership – £6.00 annual subscription
The Eight Bells public house pictured above dates from at least the 17th century. It is associated with Charles Dickens’s novel “Oliver Twist.” It was to this pub that Bill Sykes made his way after murdering Nancy in London.