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Read on to discover.......

Wander down the High Street .....


Big Houses......


There’s an Old Mill......


To the North......More

Straight on at the Church.....


Down the High Street To the North Theres an old Mill Big Houses Straight on at the Church

The Welwyn and District History Society was formed in 1999 to record,promote and encourage the study of the area’s rich history.

As well as holding a large archive of material, the Society offers talks from invited speakers and visits to local places of interest.

Where possible we are happy to help with enquiries relating to the local history of the region and its families. We are always happy to receive new information to expand the knowledge of Welwyn and it’s people.

Should you wish to

Please contact the Society Chairman-


An early 20th century view of Welwyn High Street

Welwyn’s long history can be traced back to pre-Roman days when the Belgae settled the area in the first century BC, as a site for a trackway  to cross the River Mimram, by a ford which still exists. The Romans also used the ford to cross the river with their road from St. Albans to Colchester and soon a small town grew up.

Since those days transport has been key to Welwyn’s story and the effects of that relationship can still be seen today in a village once on, and even now close by, the Great North Road.

But the fine coaching inns of the past, some still open to refresh the weary traveller, tell just a small part of Welwyn’s history, as we aim to show.

An early 21st century view of Welwyn High Street