Local History Books

We are grateful for recommendations and donations of Local History books and sources (fact or fictionalised) that might inspire the wider exploration of Thundridge Old Church and our local history:

We support local writers of fiction, non fiction and playscripts whom have been inspired by Thundridge Old Church and those who have cherished its unique setting. 

 Emma Blowers’ publications can be found here. 

For Thundridge and High Cross Society books, please contact the Chair, Christine Bosson

Hertfordshire Monumental Inscriptions: Thundridge and High Cross can be ordered from Hertfordshire Family History Society,  hertsfhs.org.uk

Several talented writers regularly contribute local heritage pieces to the  community monthly magazine Village Life, which can be ordered by subscription or picked up from Ermines, Thundridge, or The Feathers, Wadesmill

History books

Please support our local suppliers and stockists:

Ware and Hertford libraries have extensive local studies reference and loan books; and our local school librarians and historians can also recommend age and curriculum appropriate books

Our fascinating and welcoming museums at Ware (waremuseum.org.uk), Much Hadham (hadhammuseum.org.uk) and Hertford  (hertfordmuseum.org) and the Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/hertfordshire-archives-and-local-studies) all have stocks of local interest books.

As well as items of local interest stocked by Ermines cafe at Thundridge, two of our local bookshops also have cafes: The Booknook, Ware, booknookshop.co.uk ; Leaf Cafe, Hertford, leafcafe.co.uk (children’s books).  Please send our best regards to them.

Ware and Hertford also have numerous charity shops which offer books of local interest.  Hertford’s branch of Oxfam (oxfam.org.uk/shops/oxfam-bookshop-hertford) is usually well stocked.

Can you supplement our recommended history reading and resource list for Early Years to A’Level, Undergrad to U3A?

Primary School:

Secondary School:

Song for a Dark Queen by Rosemary Sutcliff – Boudicca and the Iceni tribe versus the Romans

The Ship that Flew by Hilda Lewis – four children time travel in Norse god Frey’s magical ship

Viking Trilogy by Henry Treece

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell – Uhtred is raised as a Viking in the reign of King Alfred

Katherine by Anya Seton – the love story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt

Sixth Form and Uni:

The Cousins’ War by Philippa Gregory – a series for adult readers covering the Wars of the Roses

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel- a fictional telling of the life of Thomas Cromwell, minister to Henry VIII, written for adults

Armchair and U3A:

Viking Britain a History, Thomas Williams