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Journey back in time to Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

Visit Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. Discover its history. Learn about the people who lived there through stories, old newspaper articles, pictures, postcards and ancestry.

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Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - High Street

Bishop's Stortford is a historic market town in Hertfordshire, England, just west of the M11 motorway on the county boundary with Essex, 27 miles (43 km) north-east of central London.

At the time of the Domesday Book (1086) the village had a population of around 120.

By 1801, Bishop's Stortford was a market town, and a corn exchange had been established, while the main industry was malting. In 1842 the railway came to Bishop's Stortford. Another Victorian advance was the opening of a hospital in 1895.


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Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

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Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

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Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England


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1555 - John Denley was burned at the stake on Goosemead Green by Bishop Bonner as a Protestant heretic.
1666 - There was a devastating outbreak of the plague in Bishop's Stortford.
1769 - The River Stort was made navigable allowing Stortford's malting industry to develop
1842 - Bishop's Stortford railway station was opened by the Northern and Eastern railway. It was a terminus station until the line was extended through to Norwich in 1845.
1868 - Bishop's Stortford College was established.
2023 - Whether you're a local looking for something new to explore or a visitor passing through, here are some of the best places to go and things to do in Bishop's Stortford:
Rhodes Arts Complex:
Start your journey in Bishop's Stortford by visiting the Rhodes Arts Complex. This vibrant cultural hub hosts a variety of events and performances, including live theater productions, art exhibitions, and concerts. It's a great place to immerse yourself in the local arts scene.

Bishop's Stortford Museum:
To delve into the town's rich history, head to Bishop's Stortford Museum. You'll find fascinating exhibits that showcase the heritage of the area, from its agricultural roots to its role in World War II. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and educational programs.

Castle Gardens:
Take a leisurely stroll through the Castle Gardens, located right in the heart of town. This tranquil green space is perfect for a picnic or a peaceful afternoon walk. The remnants of Waytemore Castle can be seen here, giving you a glimpse into the town's medieval past.

Waytemore Castle:
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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

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male ancestorRichard SAVAGE (about 1550, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - 12/17/1637, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England)
male ancestorWilliam EARLE (6/26/1551, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - 2/15/1616, Barkway, Herefordshire, England)
female ancestorMargaret MADLE (1551, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - 1580, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England)
male ancestorThomas WATERMAN (19 November 1564, Norwich, Norfolk, England - 1612, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England)
female ancestorMargaret BROWNE (1581, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - 11/27/1647, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England)
male ancestorWalter Thomas ABBOTT (September 1600, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - 15 May 1667, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorRalph EARLE (02/09/1606, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - 22 June 1678, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA)
female ancestorJoan SAVAGE (02/18/1609, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - aft. September 1699, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA)
male ancestorGeorge JACOBS (13 February 1609, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - 19 August 1692, Salem, Massachusetts, USA)

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