Since February 1994, I have been researching in depth the history of the Leverstock Green Area from prehistoric times to the present day. Any information I uncover, (either from pre-published sources including books, maps, press-cuttings, census returns, magazines, directories etc.; the collective memory of past residents of the village, or from original documents) once collated, is entered into my computer documents on the Chronicle in a strictly chronological sequence, with information concerning the source of each entry. The document thus created is called The Leverstock Green Chronicle.
Because I felt it important that every item of information could be traced easily by a reader to its source, each entry has at the end a reference in a set of square brackets. This not only satisfies curiosity, but gives recognition to the author of specific theories or information related to Leverstock Green, and enables other local historians and in particular family historians a ready means by which they can trace the information contained in the entry and use it as a starting point for further research. This is particularly helpful when original documentation from the various Record Offices has been quoted.
The following abbreviations have been used throughout the Leverstock Green Chronicle
when giving references :
Cha.News - Chambersbury News ( Parish magazine for Chambersbury. Dates for relevant publication given with individual sources.)
Echo - The Evening Echo, publication dates given at each reference.
Express - Hemel Hempstead Express; the Express is the free paper produced by the H.H.Gazette. Date of publication given with each extract.
Gazette - Hemel Hempstead Gazette ; publication dates given with each extract or reference.
GORHAM - Schedule of Manorial Records - Gorhambury Collection. This refers to information taken purely from the catalogue of documents from the Gorhambury Estate, held at HALS rather than from the specific document(s). If the document itself has been used to obtain information then it will have its own source reference detailing the reference number at the Hertfordshire Record Office.
HALS - Hertfordshire Archive and Local Studies - previously known as the Hertfordshire Record Office. The reference usually is followed by the individual reference number used to locate the document or documents for use in the Sources room. Occasionally where a document is of particular importance, it will also have its own "S" number giving an idea of what the document contains.
H.Adv. - Herts Advertiser - date of publication given with each extract.
HHH&P - The Hemel Hempstead Herald and Post, publication dates given at each reference.
HRO - Hertfordshire Record Office. These references should all have been altered to HALS references, (see above) but the occasional one may have slipped through the net.
Kel.Dir.- Kelley's Directory of Hertfordshire. The following years' records were consulted:
LGVA - Information obtained from various Leverstock Green Village Association publications and documents, and including advertisements for events displayed in the Village Hall and the various shops in the Village Centre.
MAIL - Hemel Hempstead Mail, publication dates given at each reference.
VCH - Victoria County History for Hertfordshire, with volume and page reference where applicable. The extracts are reproduced by permission of the General Editor.
S - The suffix given to each individual source, other than those prefixed by one of the abbreviations above and followed by a number from 1- infinity and allocated in strict numerical order according to the time when a source was originally referenced. For Example S1 was consulted originally before S53 etc. This list of references is continually being added to as new additional sources are consulted. The intention being that anyone reading the Leverstock Green Chronicle text can see immediately from whence any item of information was gleaned according to the reference given in square brackets. [ ] e.g. The following two entries show that the first information came from the Victoria County History, and the second from the Leverstock Green School Log Book.:
February 25th, 1900 - Nathaniel Wishart Robinson bequeathed £500 to be invested, and the income to be applied in lighting, warming and repairing the Church. [VCH vol.. 2 p230 ]
November 30th 1900 - Mumps was obviously rife in the village as Mr. Ford recorded that over 30 children were away with the disease. It would also appear from Mr. Ford's comments of Feb.. 1st 1901, that it wasn't just effecting the children in the village. (See entry for that date.) [S73]
The complete list of source references can be viewed by clicking here, or on the word Source References in the list to the left.
My researches were initially sponsored by The Leverstock Green Parish Trust with the intention eventually of printing enough full copies of The Chronicle to distribute to local schools, the libraries, and the Herts. Record Office. They also hope eventually to publish an edited version of the Chronicle for sale to the general public.
In the meantime, the Leverstock Green edition of Chambersbury News, (The parish magazine) publishes monthly instalments of The Chronicle, or individual articles concerned with Leverstock Green's history. For anyone interested in reading what has been published so far, both Leverstock Green Library and the Local Studies Library at Hemel Hempstead have copies of all the information published to date in the parish magazine, along with copies of many of the many transcripts I have undertaken to date of documents held at the Hertfordshire Record Office.
As a spin off from The Chronicle, in April 1996 I published a book in the Chalford Publishing Company's Archive Photograph Series, entitled Leverstock Green & Bennetts End ( ISBN 0 7524 0373 7); and at the end of July 1996 staged an extremely well received exhibition on the history of the Leverstock Green area in Leverstock Green Village Hall.
More information on my local history research can be viewed by clicking on the various links to the left.