Welcome to the Local History of Henham, Little Henham and Pledgdon

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Henham is a parish of about 1,500 people settled long before the Domesday Book of 1085. It is situated about five miles north-east of Bishops Stortford in the English county of Essex. Expansion of the village, development of Stansted Airport and proposed building of a nearby new town (aka 'Dumpton') would change Henham immeasurably. Here we try to record the village as it was, as it is now, unless or before it is lost. Formerly known as Henham on the Hill and Henham on the Mount, the parish also includes the two hamlets of Little Henham and Pledgdon (or Prison Green).

If you are interested in history talks and publications from nearby villages, there is now a page.


WHAT's NEW - as of the 14th. January 2017.

The Imperial War Museum has permitted us to make a link to 14 audio tapes created by the museum in 1983 of interviews with former Henham villager Leonard William Hayden concerning his WW2 experiences. You can listen to them HERE. The museum has also allowed us to upload an extract of his memories of a village childhood. We'll be doing this during the next couple of weeks.