In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Redbourn like this:
REDBOURN, a village and a parish in St. Albans district, Herts. The village stands on the river Ver, 2¼ miles S W by W of Harpenden r. station, and 4½ N N W of St. Albans; is an ancient place; carries on straw-plaiting; and has a post-office under St. Albans, and fairs on the Wednesday after 1 Jan. and Easter Wednesday. The parish comprises 4, 515 acres. Real property, £10, 255. Pop., 2,043. Houses, 441. The property is divided among a few. The manor was given, by Egelwine the Saxon, to the monks of St. ...
Albans; passed to the Row-lats; and belongs now to the Earl of Verulam. R. House is a chief residence. A cell to St. Albans abbey was founded here in the 12th century. A large ancient campis at Aubrey. Silk-mills are on the river Ver, and areworked by steam. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £302.* Patron, the Earl of Verulam. The church is ancient; was recently restored; and contains tablets to the Baskerfields and the Ecclestons. There are a mixed national school, and charities £30.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Redbourn has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of St Albans. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Redbourn and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Redbourn, in St Albans and Hertfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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