Being a small country village Tring
suffered in the Black Death and especially the Enclosure Acts
as most places at that time did, but with its strategic position
between the Chilterns and the hills it was also well protected.
Remains of the Danish and Saxons reveal that Tring was inhabited.
Tring also gave its name to one of the country's Anglo-Saxon
Before the Norman conquest, a church had been
well established, some parts of which still remain in the
current mostly 15th Century church, known for its carved memorials.
In the British Museum, medieval frieze tiles from this church
can also be found.
Tring Manor was owned by the Royal
family until the death of Charles 1st's wife Henrietta. The
Manor then passed on to Henry Guy, Clerk to the Treasury for
Charles II. In 1682 Henry Guy built the Manor to Sir Christopher
Wren's designs, and so provided a house for Nell Gwynne, a lady
much admired by the King. Reverend Lawrence Washington also
lived in the Manor, his great-great-grandson being the first
President of America, George Washington.