Place House Hall Visit
Wednesday 8th May 2.00pm

Sketch of Place House Hall by Walter Horsnell, 1925.

For Hatfield Local History Society’s outing this year we will be going to Place House Hall, Ware. This Grade 1 listed hall stands in a small walled courtyard in the centre of Ware and is of national historic and architectural importance. It is now owned by the Hertfordshire Building and Preservation Trust.

As well as seeing the building we will have a talk given by Dorothy Abel-Smith , Chair of the Trust and we have the option of either a cream tea or just tea & biscuits.

As last year the community mini-bus will pick us up at William Cecil Memorial Hall 2.00pm returning from Place House Hall 4.30pm

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Cresta Couture: Designing fashion inspired by heritage
10 February – 7 July

© ‘Amaryllis’ 1936. Artist Patrick Heron. Produced by Cresta Silks Ltd. Copyright the Estate of Patrick Heron. DACS 2019

A partnership exhibition with the University of Hertfordshire celebrating the innovative and stylish fabrics created by local textile company Cresta Silks from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Original Cresta items from the museum’s collection will be displayed alongside contemporary pieces and designs created by Fashion and Fashion Business students at the University of Hertfordshire who have been inspired by the iconic designs.

Mill Green Mill & Museum, Bush Hall Lane, Mill Green, Hatfield AL9 5PD
01707 357850



Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018

The glad news of the end of the hostilities became known in Hatfield about midday on Monday (11 November)…..a well attended meeting was held at St Audrey’s at which the Rector presided and the arrangements were made for the holding of an open-air thanksgiving service on the following day”…..”At one o’clock the procession began to move off….flanked by crowds of townsfolk and large numbers from the out-lying districts and with due solemnity and decorum moved up Fore Street, past the parish church where the bells were ringing out such a joyous peel as had not been heard for more than four years, and lined up in the great quadrangle at Hatfield House.
(Information courtesy Hatfield Answers the Call 1914 – 1919 Written by Brian G Lawrence, Researched & Compiled by Christine & Derek Martindale)

An article from –  Refocused – Parish magazine of St Etheldreda’s Church with St Luke’s Church

Service at the Memorial Garden

On Sunday 11th November 2018, Hatfield remembered 180 of their sons who gave their life in the Great War of 1914-1918. The project, which took a year in planning, was managed by: Hatfield Town Council, Gascoyne Cecil Estates, the Royal British Legion Women’s Section, St Etheldreda’s Church and many other organisations. Three remembrance services, to mark the signing of the armistice on 11th November 1918 were held followed by the lighting of a beacon of peace in the evening.

The first service, at the war memorial in Hatfield House, was at dawn. A good crowd turned out of 60+. Led by Father Darren Collins, it included readings from Lord Salisbury.

At 10.45am a parade starting from the Red Lion Pub traffic lights on Great North Road, marched to the Memorial Gardens, opposite the station. The service there was led by Bishop Stephen Venner and attended by local dignitaries. Representatives of a wide range of Hatfield service providers laid wreaths after the service. The memorial garden was filled to capacity and the congregation was banked back outside, right over to the station.

Afterwards everyone was invited to follow the clergy’s procession into the grounds of Hatfield House where a further service was held from the steps at the north front of Hatfield House. This was a re-enactment of the Great Thanksgiving Service held there after the signing of the armistice in 1918. It included the hymns that were sung atthe 1918 service, and was led again by Bishop Stephen, Lord Salisbury and Father Darren. The congregation was invited by Lady Salisbury to take refreshments afterwards at the Riding School.

Service held on the steps of Hatfield House

It was estimated that 1000+ were in attendance on the day, it was a deeply moving occasion and good will prevailed. Afterwards people mingled in the Riding School, talking of the changes the war had brought about, and how well the loss of our Hatfield sons had been honoured in the events of the day. The Hatfield Local History Society had an exhibition, with extensive information gathered over the years, of how WW1 had affected Hatfield and its people. It provided a good focal point for discussion.

At 7pm a beacon was lit within the grounds of Hatfield House, along with over 1000 others across the country, symbolising the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. The church bells, which had not rung during the war, other than a chime at midday to remind people to pray for our forces, rang half muffled at the morning services, but were fully ‘open’ in celebration of the peace, as they were in the celebrations of the armistice.