Albury, Hertfordshire

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St Mary the Virgin, Albury
Albury is located in Hertfordshire
Location within Hertfordshire
Population595 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL4324
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWare
Postcode districtSG11
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
51°54′36″N 0°05′08″E / 51.909992°N 0.085478°E / 51.909992; 0.085478Coordinates: 51°54′36″N 0°05′08″E / 51.909992°N 0.085478°E / 51.909992; 0.085478

Albury is a village and civil parish in the East Hertfordshire district of Hertfordshire, England, about five miles west of Bishop's Stortford. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 537, increasing in the 2011 Census to 595.[1]

Albury lies between Little Hadham to the south and Furneux Pelham to the north and includes the hamlets Albury End, Clapgate, Patmore Heath and Upwick Green.[2] The 1894–1895 edition of The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales listed the hamlets: Albury End, Church End, Clapgate, Gravesend, Patmore Heath, and Upwich.[3] An earlier gazetteer, the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales dated 1870–1872 stated that the north-lying Patient-End is an Albury hamlet.[4] Gravesend and Patmore Heath are 400 metres apart. The name "Albury" derives from the Old English ald (old) and burh (fortification).[5]

To the northwest of the village stood Albury Hall, a three-storey manor house believed to have been re-built by MP John Calvert, around 1780 after an earlier house was demolished. Calvert's son, also named John and also an MP, inherited it in 1808, and successive owners modified the house, the army requisitioned it during World War II, and it was demolished around 1950.[6]

There is one public house in Albury, The Catherine Wheel which dates from c.1765. The original building was destroyed by fire in 2004 and a replacement building on the same site reopened in 2007.[7] Historically there were another four public houses in Albury, The Fox at Albury End (closed late 1970s), The Labour in Vain at Church End (closed in the 1950s), The Royal Oak at Clapgate (closed 1985) and Jolly Butchers at Clapgate (closed c.1900).[8]

See also

The Hundred Parishes


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Chris. "Hertfordshire Genealogy: Places: Albury, Herts". Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Albury, Hertfordshire". UK Genealogy Archives. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Albury AP/CP through time / Descriptive Gazetteer entries". Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  5. ^ Field, John (1980). Place-names of Great Britain and Ireland. Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles. p. 22. ISBN 0389201545. OCLC 6964610.
  6. ^ "Albury Hall - Historical Survey". Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Albury Village, Herts UK home page". Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Hertfordshire Genealogy: Places: Albury, Herts". Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.

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