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Elstree History Walk

Monday 24 June 2019

Gathering in Elstree

Our annual History Walk, part of the Civic Festival, was in Elstree this year.  Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, has done much research on the village, and he led us around ably assisted by John Woolston, Museum Volunteer, who handled the many photos with aplomb.  We learnt of murders, tragic bombs, and stray bullets in a 2 hour plus walk around the fascinating history of the area.  From large houses of historic interest, via St Nicholas Church, to schools, open spaces, hidden routes through hedges, we met the local historical figures still haunting Elstree.  From the murders of Martha Ray and William Weare, both buried in the churchyard, to actor William Macready and Sir Percy Everett of Boy Scout fame, and Sir Trevor Dawson with his passion for Tudor style black and white on Edgewarebury House and High Street Elstree.  We ended up at the Holly Bush which is of course closed, but is probably the oldest building in Elstree after the church.  Can’t wait for next year!

By the graves of Martha Ray and William Weare

Exploring Schopwick Place




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