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Our Books and Archive


Kimpton – Peters Green – Blackmore End – Porters End – Ansells End – Rye End










Books to download


“Noble and Splendid”- the illustrated story of the Lords and Ladies of Kimpton Hoo. The Dacres and Hampdens were once some of England’s most wealthy and influential people, as well as being fascinating in their own right. (8MB)


“Aspects of Kimpton” - ordinary villagers from Kimpton as portrayed through the censuses of 1841 to 1901. Find out what former residents of the village did and how occupations changed over the years. With little gems like the travelling showmen, caught in Kimpton on census night. (1MB)


“Delightful and Bracing” - Blackmore End and Porters End. How a scion of the Baxendale family, owners of the Pickfords removal company, built a house at Blackmore End, how his family lived, how the house featured in the First World War, and how the present area developed. Plus wonderful old photographs of the former home farm at Porters End. (5MB)

Our archive of old Kimpton

Do your relatives, family or ancestors come from Kimpton in Hertfordshire? Are you interested in family history in Kimpton?


The Kimpton History Group has an extensive archive of over 6,000 pictures and documents relating to all aspects of Kimpton’s past. You can search for all items and see copies of most.


Just click here for the catalogue and follow instructions 2) to 4) on page 1 of catalogue. Please note to search for specific words within the catalogue, use the "Control+F" shortcut by pressing the Ctrl key + the F key at the same time to open the Find/Search box and then enter the word(s) you are looking for.


For copyright and technical reasons not all the items are available to view on the web at the moment but the catalogue contains the full list. This archive is for private study only and not for commercial use. Please note that the catalogue is not organised by category, just by the order in which the items were loaded, so keep browsing!


The archive covers the whole of Kimpton parish including Blackmore End (the site of the Birley and Gertrude Baxendale family house and World War I Federated Malay States Hospital). The archive also includes information on The Hoo, home of the Brand family (Lord Dacre, Lord Hampden)  just over the boundary in the neighbouring parish of St Paul’s Walden.


For enquiries about the archive, or if you have any records, souvenirs, photographs or memorabilia that we could add to the archive, please contact John Pollington. We will return any original photographs if you are unable to send us copies.


For a sample of the photos in our archive click here for Photographic archive slide show.

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   3rd Viscount Hampden at the dedication

  of the War Memorial in Kimpton


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about 1910


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