St Mary’s Polio Awareness Nights

St Mary’s Church in Hitchin was lit up in purple on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of October for World Polio Day. (24th of October 2021) It was organised by Anne Senechal of St Mary’s Church, alongside Hitchin Rotary Club to raise awareness that there are still people in the world that are not vaccinated against the hideous disease, polio.

Vaisakhi Procession (Part 2)

Another shot taken at the wonderful Sikh Vaisakhi procession in Hitchin on Saturday 15th April 2017.

Vaisakhi Procession

Part of the absolutely wonderful Sikh Vaisakhi procession through the town on Saturday 15th of April 2017.  It was a great afternoon, with all of  Hitchin (or so it seemed) coming out to help celebrate it.

Christmas Carousel

Christmas Carousel

Every year, very near to Christmas, a wonderful carousel built in 1899, appears in Hitchin’s Market Place. Fun for children and adults alike.

16th Century Courtyard House


One range of a 16th century timber-framed courtyard house (some of the other ranges that would have formed the courtyard, have been lost) It’s to be found to the rear or west of Phillip’s Antiques on Bancroft in Hitchin.

The Biggin


The Biggin on Biggin Lane next to the market in Hitchin, used to be the Gilbertine Priory (founded in 1361 by Sir Edward de Kendale) and what is the Priory used to be the Carmelite Friary. The nave of the Gilbertine church survives in the south wing of the building and the Prior’s lodging on the first floor of the west wing. The east end was devastated by fire around 1500 and never rebuilt. After the dissolution in 1539, it was converted into a private house by adding a new east wing.

A Rather Grand Staircase


The beautiful grand staircase in the now closed, Phillips of Hitchin (A circa 1700 house on Bancroft in Hitchin)


A Painted Fireplace


A rare painted fireplace dating from about 1600. (Either Late Elizabethan or early Jacobean) It’s in a building at the back of what used to be Tim’s Art at 85 Tilehouse Street in Hitchin. It shows vegetation and perhaps a formal garden. The building is now in private ownership and can no longer be seen unfortunately but hopefully it has been preserved.

July 2024