Old Warden: Tales of Tenants & Squires traces the fascinating history of the village of Old Warden, its inhabitants and their relationship with the Ongley and Shuttleworth landowner families from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. With many amusing tales, this book shows how community life was inextricably linked to the Old Warden estate and the development of its Regency-style Swiss Garden, which was designed by obsessive visionary Lord Ongley. To visit Old Warden is to step back in time. This book guides readers through the village's unique and intriguing features and explores its rich history.
Born and raised in Old Warden, Christine is proud to be descended from a long line of village `peasantry'. With a lifelong passion for the past in general and Old Warden in particular early retirement from a career in the Civil Service at last provided the time for her to immerse herself in historical research. Her first venture into writing has been supported by the Heritage Lottery funding of the recent restoration of the Swiss Garden, Old Warden.