St Paul's Walden

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All Saints, St Paul's Walden

St Paul's Walden is a village about 5 miles (8 km) south of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England. The civil parish of St Paul's Walden also includes the village of Whitwell and the hamlet of Bendish. At the 2011 Census the population of the civil parish was 1,293.[1]

About the village[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

St Paul's Walden has two 18th-century mansions, both standing in parks of great beauty: Stagenhoe (once owned by the Earls of Caithness) and St Paul's Walden Bury (owned by the Bowes-Lyon family), which some say was the birthplace of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Indeed, she was baptised in the All Saints church in St Paul's Walden.[2][3]

The royal connection[edit]

Before he became King, on 23 January 1923, George VI drove up to St Paul's Walden in his sports car, and proposed to the Queen Mother in the woods at the Bury.[4]

Coordinates: 51°53′10″N 0°16′00″W / 51.88611°N 0.26667°W / 51.88611; -0.26667


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ Whitelaw, Jeffrey W. (13 October 1988). Hidden Hertfordshire (First ed.). Countryside Books. ISBN 9781853060250.
  3. ^ "Welcome to the history of All Saints, St. Paul's Walden". St Paul's Walden Parish Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  4. ^ King George VI proposes to the Queen Mother

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