The Receipt Book of Baroness Elizabeth Dimsdale (c.1800)
After 1800, during her sixties/seventies, Baroness Elizabeth Dimsdale copied ~700 recipes and more than 80 household hints into a book. At the top of many of these items she indicated their provenance Many of the recipes are similar to those published in other cookery books in circulation during the later eighteenth century, but the ingredients and methods differ.
This volume provides a transcript of all of these ‘receipts’ and household hints. The introduction considers who Elizabeth was and what her book reveals about her life and connections in Hertfordshire. There is an extensive glossary of ingredients and utensils. The appendices include a list giving the original order of the recipes; mini-biographies of the donors who can be identified; and Elizabeth’s will.
Humphry Repton’s Red Books for Panshanger and Tewin Water
The publication of this full-colour edition brings into the public domain rare examples of Repton’s design skills. As most of his surviving Red Books are in private ownership, this volume will be of great interest not only to historians of Hertfordshire but also to garden historians everywhere. The sketches in Repton’s original Red Books comprise watercolours with overlaid flaps: the flap is closed to show the ‘before’ scene and lifted to reveal the ‘after’ scene. Due to constraints of production costs, rather than reproduce the flaps, this edition presents full-colour reproductions of each sketch both ‘before’ and ‘after’. The Introduction by Twigs Way outlines Repton’s work, his design principles and the practical application of them.
John Carrington, farmer of Bramfield, his diary, 1798-1810, part I, 1798-1804
This new edition will, for the first time, contain the whole text of John's diary and writings, 1738‐1810 (in two volumes) and the diary of John's son Jack who continued his father's diary until 1812. With an historical introduction, appendices that include biographies of local persons, a glossary and full indexes of names, places and subjects, this illustrated publication will make John's writings on local and national life fully accessible to all.
Datchworth Tithe Accounts, 1711 to 1747
The Diary of Benjamin Woodcock, Master of the Barnet Union Workhouse, 1836–1838
Future volumes from the society
- Volume XXVI: The Diary of John Carrington of Bramfield 1798-1810. Part I: 1798-1804
- Norton Manorial Court Records under the Liberty of St Albans (1244-1539), translated by Peter Foden and an Introduction by the Norton Community Archaeology Group
- Weston School Records, 1888-1914, edited by Margaret Ashby et al.
- Hertford Gaol records (c.1830-1850), edited by Eileen Wallace