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 24th. Feb 2017.

1. Jane Brinkley of Bays Cottage died on the 26th January 2017. Our condolences to David and their family. This page is too small to list all her contributions to Henham. The chosen poem 'The Dash' read at the service is an appropriate testimony. She was highly self-motivated and had been in the forefront of many village activities for several decades. She and David have also made a large financial contribution towards the annual OAP Christmas lunch at The Cock for some years. The funeral was held yesterday, the 23rd Feb and you can view some of the stunning floral displays made by Sue Ellis-Callow HERE .

2. 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. This link also includes our transcription of his memories of a Henham village childhood.

3. High Street, Henham in 1945

1945 High Street



4. A couple of photos that we've bought on eBay of Cutlers Green station (group of people awaiting the train) and Henham Halt station (elderly man with luggage)

5. The memories of two former WW2 evacuees from Chingford to Henham. I've added several photos of children being evacuated from London to the safety of the countryside. Additionally I've added one of me in my highchair for the sponaneous VE Day street party in 1945.( VE Day - 'Victory in Europe' - announced that day by Prime Minister Winston Churchill)