A manor, hunting park, farm and brickworks, near Hitchin
Maydencroft is today known as a beautiful and historic house and a centre of rural enterprise just south of Hitchin. Its fascinating story stretches over a thousand years. We encounter Knights Templar, famous royal visitors and a succession of the wealthy and powerful. This heady mix is leavened by the sturdy presence of hard-working farmers, brickmakers and determined non-conformists. The author weaves a rich tapestry of both local and national history in a quiet yet still eventful corner of Hertfordshire.
The book was inspired by the interest and dedication of the current owners of Maydencroft, Robert and Frances Williams. Robert has also provided the fine line drawings which accompany the text.
About the author
Bridget Howlett is an historian by background and an archivist by profession. She is an active and long-standing member of the Hitchin Historical Society, and has contributed to several books on the history of the town, in addition to editing, in 2000, a Survey of the Royal Manor of Hitchin, 1676 for the Hertfordshire Record Society.