Baldock Bibliography – SOCIAL HISTORY

Brenchley, Canon F. G.: ‘When Baldock had a Workhouse’. Hertfordshire Countryside? c.1964
Curtis, G.: ‘A Chronicle of Small Beer,” 1970. 222pps. Extracts from the diary of John Izzard Pryor, former brewer of Baldock.
Maddren, M. ed.: ‘Baldock Voices,’ 1991. 160 pps. The 20th century town as remembered by Baldock people in conversation with Edna Page and Nora Penfold.
Maddren, M. ed.: ‘A Baldock Scrapbook,’ 1994. 160pps. The companion volume to ‘Baldock Voices’ with more pictures including the earliest taken in the town.
Summerfield, S.:‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’ 2014. Reminiscences of a Baldock family in the 1950s and 60s.
BMLHS display transcript:‘Royal Jubilee; Celebrating Royal Occasions in Baldock 1838-1977,’ Brendan King, 2002.
BMLHS display transcript:‘What Grandma used to do,’ Janet Waters, 2003. The lives of women in Victorian Baldock.
Baldock Mail, ‘Rambling Through History’ articles:
BM No.162, p22: ‘The Curious Incident of the Fire in the Night,’ a case of arson in Norton Street in 1829. Brendan King
BM No.164, p22: ‘The Problem of the Poor,’ the arguments over the Baldock workhouse and the poor rates in the 1830s. Brendan King
BM No. 165, p22: ‘Clarkson gets his Way,’ William Clarkson’s intervention in the running of the workhouse. Brendan King
BM No. 175, p22: ‘The Baldock British Legion,’ the foundation and early years. Brendan King
BM No. 177, p22: ‘May Day Traditions,‘ local folk traditions in Baldock. Jane Havercroft
BM No. 178, p22: ‘Dick Taylor’ the story of the drinking tradition at the George on Baldock Fair day. Jane Havercroft
BM No.184, p 20: ‘The Knocker-Up of Baldock,‘ an early form of alarm call. Jane Havercroft
BM No. 203, p24: ‘A Wartime Evacuee in Baldock,’ a reminiscence. Olive Watson
BM No. 208, p35: ‘Celebrating Royal Occasions in Baldock: The Public Dinner,’ organisation and funding, 1863-1911. Brendan King
BM No. 213, p21: ‘Impressions of Victorian Baldock,’ the diary and letters of Mrs. Stokes of Rose Cottage, Clothall End, 1860-1875. Brendan King
BM No. 226 p33: ‘Norton End,’ the condition of the slum courts and yards in the north western corner of Baldock. Brendan King
BM No. 228 p34: ‘A Baldock Tragedy,’ a young girl killed by an RAF aircraft in a field in Norton in October 1918. Frank Foy
BM No. 235 p35: ‘Police Stations and the Parish Cage,‘ the police in Baldock from the 1840s. Jane Havercroft .
BM No. 237 p25: ‘Rough Justice,’ the robust reaction of the townspeople to two London informers in 1829. Brendan King
BM No. 247 p23 ‘Baldock Workhouse in the 1830s,’ a description of the regulation and rules of the Poor House. Brendan King
BMLHS Newsletter Articles: ‘A Personal View of Victorian Baldock’ (the diaries of Mrs Stokes), July 2003. BK
‘Rose Cottage’. (more from Mrs Stokes’ diary) Jan 2004. BK