Harpenden historians holding talk on Kubrick’s old haunt

PUBLISHED: 18:00 24 November 2017

St Mary’s Church, Childwickbury. Photo supplied by the Harpenden Local History Society.

St Mary’s Church, Childwickbury. Photo supplied by the Harpenden Local History Society.

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Harpenden Local History Society are holding a talk next week on the history of Childwickbury.

St Mary’s foundation stone, laid 150 years ago in 1867. Photo supplied by the Harpenden Local History Society.St Mary’s foundation stone, laid 150 years ago in 1867. Photo supplied by the Harpenden Local History Society.

The tiny private village between St Albans and Harpenden was owned by the Toulmin family in the 19th century.

More recently it was the residence of film director Stanley Kubrick, until his death in 1999.

The director finished his films Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut in the hamlet.

His wife Christiane, a local artist, still lives in the village’s manor house.

On Tuesday, November 28, at Harpenden Public Halls from 8pm historian Christine Aitkin will speak on the village’s history.

Her talk will focus on St Mary’s, Childwickbury’s church, which is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

It was designed by George Gilbert Scott, the architect behind St Pancras Station Hotel and the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens.

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