Set in the stunning views of the Chiltern Hills in the wide valley of... read more Set in the stunning views of the Chiltern Hills in the wide valley of the River Bulborne, Berkhamstead provides the perfect setting for a Balloon ride, with scenes of the Norman castle, the Grand Union Canal and Ashbridge Estate, a magnificent National Trust property and parkland along the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills.
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In the 1970s, the town adopted a three-tier state school education system, reverting to the two-tier system of primary and secondary schools in 2013. The primary stage is provided by Bridgewater, Greenway, St Thomas More, Swing Gate, Thomas Coram, Victoria (founded in 1838) and Westfield.
Berkhampstead Poor Law Union was formed on 12th June 1835. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 15 in number, representing its 10 constituent parishes as listed below (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians if more than one):
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The workhouse system officially came to an end in 1930, with control of workhouses passing into the control of local councils. The final meeting of the Berkhampstead Guardians took place in March, 1930. However, the former Berkhampstead workhouse, then known as Nugent House, continued in use until 1935. The building then remained empty until 1937 when the site was sold for £3,700 to make way for a shopping development known as Kitsbury Parade.
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During Roman occupation the countryside close to Verulamium was subdivided into a series of farming estates. The Berkhamsted area appears to have been divided into two or three farming estates, each including one or more masonry villa buildings, with tiled roofs and underfloor heating.
Prior to the cinema's construction, an Elizabethan mansion, Egerton House, had occupied the site at the east end of the high street for 350 years. The house was occupied briefly (1904–07) by Arthur and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, whose children were J. M. Barrie's inspiration for Peter Pan.
The oldest extant church locally is St Mary's in the adjacent village of Northchurch. Between 1087 and 1104, there is reference to a chaplain called Godfrey and to a chapel of St James with parochial status within St Mary's Berkhamsted's parish. The chapel situated close to St Johns, located close to St John's Lane, was the base for a small community of monks, the Brotherhood of St John the Baptist, in the 11th and 12th centuries.[Notes 9]
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According to the 1725 edition of An Account of Several Workhouses..., parish workhouses already existed at Tring and at Berkhampstead (The now standard spelling of Berkhamsted was adopted in 1937).
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Local historian Percy Birtchnell identified over 50 different spellings and epithets for the town's name since the writing of the Domesday Book; the present spelling was adopted in 1937. Other spellings included: "Berkstead", "Berkampsted", "Berkhampstead", "Muche Barkhamstede", "Berkhamsted Magna", "Great Berkhamsteed" and "Berkhamstead". The town's local nickname is "Berko".
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The earliest recorded spelling of the town's name is the 10th century Anglo-Saxon Beorhðanstædæ. The first part originates from the Old Celtic word Bearroc, meaning "hilly place"; alternatively it may originate from the Old English words beorg, meaning "hill", or berc or beorc, meaning "birch". The latter part, "hamsted", derives from the Old English word for homestead, and thus the town can be understood as either the "homestead amongst the hills" or the "homestead among the birches".
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The Berkhampstead Union took over the existing Berkhampstead parish workhouse and it by August 1835 it was in operation as the Union's sole workhouse. The building's location and layout are shown on the 1925 OS map, by which time the workhouse had become officially known as a Poor Law Institution.
A parliamentary report of 1777 recorded parish workhouses in operation at North Church (for up to 34 inmates) and Tring (50 inmates).
Berkhamsted /ˈbɜːrkəmstɛd/ is a medium-sized historic market town on the western edge of Hertfordshire, England. The affluent commuter town is located in the small Bulbourne valley in the Chiltern Hills, 26 miles (42 km) northwest of London. Berkhamsted is a civil parish, with a town council within the larger borough of Dacorum.
Egerton Rothesay School, an independent school founded in 1922, has 150 pupils between the ages of 5 and 19.
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Like most of the United Kingdom, Berkhamsted has an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb).
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The workhouse had no schoolroom and in 1849, the Poor Law Board recommended that pauper children be sent to the local National School. By 1851 this had become the practice, although in 1858 the school complained about the state of children attending from the workhouse. A fever ward was erected in 1855, and a full-time nurse was engaged in 1868.
The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 9,871 with parishes ranging in size from Nettleden (population 97) to Tring (3,488). The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1832-35 had been £7,750 or 15s.8d. per head of the population.
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County of Hertford: Aldbury, Berkhampstead St Peter's (3), Little Gaddesden, Northchurch (2), Puttenham, Tring (3), Wiggington. County of Buckingham: Marsworth, Nettleden, Plightlesthorne or Pitstone.
In 1833, the castle was the first building to receive statutory protection in the United Kingdom. In 1834, construction of the railway embankment demolished the castle's gatehouse and adjacent earthworks. Since the 1930s, the castle ruins have been managed by English Heritage, under the guardianship of the Secretary of State for National Heritage, and are freely open to the public.