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A new edition of Peter Ruffles Hertford Born and Bred, by Jean Purkis

Hertford Museum and Hertford Oral History Group are joined together to publish a new edition of Peter Ruffles Hertford Born and Bred.

The book, written by Jean Purkis and first published in 2007, is the life and family story of Peter Alan Ruffles, twice mayor of Hertford, Town, District and ex-County Councillor, the man who everyone in Hertford and beyond knows, through education, the Church, freemasonry, politics, public affairs and social and charity work. Spanning over 200 years, the story is also an insight into local history through the people, places and politics of Hertford in the last two centuries.

In the new edition readers are given a fresh new book with more photographs and a brand new section celebrating the last decade. Structured on a year by year sequence, includes a recount of the news and events from the author's unpublished Herford Chronology and the highlights of Ruffles very popular annual Christmas letter, always written in August.

Jean Purkis, local historian and author, is a volunteer and Friend of Hertford Museum and was a Museum Trustee for a number of years. Jean's lifelong interest in local history and more latterly oral history, has been the impetus for her writing and co-writing a number of other publications about Hertford.

Hertford Born and Bred, illustrated with photographs from Hertford Museum's extensive collections and from Peter's family archive, combines local history with unique real life stories, and is a fascinating and enjoyable read for anyone and everyone.

The book retails at £10 and can be purchased from Hertford Museum shop in person or by telephone (additional postal charges apply).

All profits from the sale of this book will go towards Hertford Museum and the Hertford Oral History Group equally.

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