Kelshall lies to the south of the A505, in the hills between Baldock and Royston. Kelshall is the only settlement in the parish.

Kelshall’s medieval font basin (front) and Millennium Monument (rear)

History links

Kelshall Village and Parish website has useful information about the village.

Domesday Book

Kelshall’s entry in Domesday Book. There are also two entries for Orwellbury, another manor in the parish. The manor house of Orwellbury is in the centre of the village, north of St Faith’s church, emphasising that manors were legal entities, not geographical.

Family history links

The Uk and Ireland Genealogy website explains where to find parish registers.
The Family Search website links to free and subscription resources.

Further reading

Burleigh, G R 1978 Excavations at Coombe Bottom, Kelshall, 1977. Hertfordshire’s Past 5, 26-28
Fitzpatrick-Matthews, K J & Fitzpatrick-Matthews, T 2016 The Archaeology of Kelshall: the Hill of Pots. Letchworth Garden City: North Hertfordshire District Council and Kelshall: North Hertfordshire Villages Research Group
Fitzpatrick-Matthews, K J and Watters, J 2015 A grave at Kelshall: recreating the glory of a wealthy Roman citizen. British Archaeology (May/June 2015), 14-21
King, A J 1984 The Parish Church of St Faith, Kelshall. Kelshall: North Hertfordshire Villages Research Group
King, A J 1992 The Enclosure of the Open Fields of Therfield and Kelshall. In: Jones, A ed. Above the Vale of Ringtale: Perches, Pightles and the Price of Corn. Kelshall: North Hertfordshire Villages Research Group
Stevenson, M D 1977 The Archaeological Collection of E B Nunn. Hertfordshire’s Past 3, 24-25
Stevenson, M D 1978 Romano-British pottery rediscovered. Hertfordshire Archaeology 6, 116-119