Welcome to Hertfordshire History, the website devoted to history of Hertfordshire, from the Victorians through both World Wars, taking you up to date with the demolition of the Woolpack pub in Cheshunt.
The Anglo-Saxon word for Hertford was, heort ford. The first part heort, means, ‘deer crossing’, the second, ‘ford’, means, watercourse. This is why the symbol of Hertfordshire has always contained as least one dear and reference to a body of water.
Hertfordshire has a large place in the history books as being the area that Edward the Elder used as a fortress in Hertford in 913 whilst on his campaign against the Danes.
The Domesday Book Entry
The 1086 Doomday survey record Hertfordshire (or herfordscire) as having nine hundreds, Hundreds were used by the Saxons to divide the country and are some still used today. These were Tring (Tring was joined with Danais), Dacorum, Braughing, Broadwater, Cashio, Edwinstree, Hertford, Hitchin and Odsey.