Hitchin Historical Society is a charity that aims to increase and spread knowledge of the history of Hitchin. We:

  • hold monthly meetings and other events;
  • arrange visits to local buildings and institutions, many of which are not normally open to the general public, and organise trips to historic places further afield;
  • produce a regular newsletter and magazine, the Hitchin Journal, for members;
  • produce high-quality publications on the history of the town.

Next members’ meeting at Church House, Thursday 25 November, 8pm

“Place names, language change and the history of the Hitchin area”
An illustrated talk by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews


      Physic Garden: Saffron crocus (Nicky Nicholl)

Hitchin is a medieval market town about 50 km north of London, in the county of Hertfordshire and in the administrative district of North Hertfordshire. It is about 5 km from Junction 8 of the A1(M) and is served by Great Northern trains from Cambridge, London (King’s Cross) and Peterborough, and by Thameslink trains from London (St Pancras) and stations on the Brighton line: train times can be found here. It is 10 km from Luton Airport.

Hitchin has retained much of its historic character despite enormous growth since the 1850s. It is noted for its specialist shops, the largest parish church in Hertfordshire and its attractive streets. Known to have existed since at least the eighth century AD, it is one of the oldest towns in the county.

We have a membership approaching 400, so we’re popular. If you’d like to join the Society you’ll be very welcome.

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