Flaunden Village, 1940s
Flaunden village history
Flaunden is a small village in Hertfordshire, next door to Bovingdon.
It has remained relatively unchanged, with many of the houses being hundreds of years old.
The original site of the village was one and a half mile to the south, in the Chess river valley. A small chapel was here, built in about the year 1200, and a few cottages. Nothing now remains of this, the church having been abandoned in the 19th Century and left to fall down. The village probably migrated up the hill because the valley was prone to flooding.
The church of St Mary Magdalene was built in 1838, near to the centre of the present village. Many of the villagers were workers on the Estate of Lord Chesham, who lived at the nearby Latimer House.
A Roman villa stood near the old village, at Latimer, with a Roman Road passing through the present village on it's way through Bovingdon to Hemel Hempstead.
Kelly's Post Office Directory of 1855
BOVINGDON and FLAUNDEN entry
A business directory giving a description of the area, with some local residents and traders.
Flaunden Church Records (Burgin Extracts)
The church records survive back to the early 1700s, when the old church was in use, although older records are available as "Bishop's Transcripts". The current church records date back to 1838.
These records were copied from the current burials book of the church. I have only included information older than 100 years here, although newer information is available.
CENSUS (Complete census transcript)
I transcribed this census from the microfilm copy kept at Hemel Hempstead library. I have tried to keep the style and spellings as close to the original as possible. Some of the handwriting was very faint and hard to decipher, so there may have been some mistakes made!
1861 - UNAVAILABLE - NO COPY EXISTS AT PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE
Some old photos from around Flaunden village
Map of Flaunden, 1930
Hertfordshire Militia Lists - Flaunden & Sarratt, No 62 - Hertfordshire Family History Society (1996)
Flaunden, The Past, present & Future, The People of Flaunden (2001)