About

About

This website serves Smallford residents and provides information about Smallford’s past, present and future.  Smallford and its surrounding areas are steeped in history, including the aerodrome at Hatfield, De Havilland’s airplane manufacture, the world’s first jet airliner – the Comet – and many other interesting historic ventures such as the Hatfield and St Albans Railway line.

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Smallford Station Project

Smallford Station Project

The Smallford Station Project would like to respectfully pay tribute to Ron Kingdon (1920-2016) – Local Transport/History, Photography & Cine Film Enthusiast – who has sadly passed away. Ron showed kindness and enthusiasm for the project and generously shared his footage of the station, filmed in 1968 (click to view). Our thoughts are with his family.

Welcome to the Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life project homepage.  Here you will find all the latest information about the project, workshops and activities associated with the project in one handy place.  Please feel free to comment about articles. Celebrating 150 years of Smallford Station 1865 – 2015.  This project is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Smallford Residents Association

Smallford Residents Association

Smallford Residents’ Association announcements and information will be posted on this website. Please check it frequently for important news and updates. Here, you will find information about planning proposals, objections, and much more that concern the local community.

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We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support many local people in following and developing their interests in a wide range of areas – eg researching, interviewing, creating videos, designing exhibitions, developing a website, writing stories. We are particularly excited at the thought of finding people who recall the station and branch line when they were operating and capturing their memories for posterity!

Jeff Lewis, Smallford Residents' Association

Latest Smallford News

Latest news for the local community of Smallford

Alban Way Guided Walks May 2016

Alban Way Guided Walks May 2016

Posted by Smallford Station on 11 Apr, 2016

Two guided walks looking at the history of Hatfield & St Albans Railway/Alban Way & Environs can now be booked using the Herts Direct website. A long walk on paved, mostly flat, foot & cycle path, with plenty of stops at points of interest, including a lunch break in Smallford Station. See below for more information and how to book your place. Please note, limited spaces are available and booking is on a first come, first served basis.

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New Alban Way Leaflet

New Alban Way Leaflet

Posted by J Musk on 3 Mar, 2016

The Alban Way has a new logo and an updated leaflet, which you can use to learn about the trail and the sites along its path. Simply click the image below to start the download (PDF 8MB).

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Opposition to Brett Aggregates Ltd Planning Application for a new Quarry at Smallford

Opposition to Brett Aggregates Ltd Planning Application for a new Quarry at Smallford

Posted by SRA on 21 Feb, 2016

Brett Aggregates has submitted a planning application to Hertfordshire County Council in February 2016 to build a quarry on up to 87 hectares of green belt land owned by the Goodman Group at Smallford/Hatfied Aerodrome in St Albans for operations for 32 years. This large area of 870,000 square meters represents a size 2.5 greater than the proposed site for a Rail Freight terminal in nearby Radlett (330,000 square meters) which was recently refused after a Secretary of State appeal in 2015.

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Smallford Station 1939 From the Air – Britain From Above

Smallford Station 1939 From the Air – Britain From Above

Posted by Smallford Station on 29 Jan, 2016

Britain From Above presents the unique Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs covering much of Britain between 1914 and the late 1950’s. The image above shows Smallford Station in full along the Hatfield-St Albans branch line complete with train in siding and several wagons present. The humpback road bridge is clearly visible too as are many further details.

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Smallford Station 150th Celebrations Movie

Smallford Station 150th Celebrations Movie

Posted by Smallford Station on 8 Jan, 2016

A compilation of some of the activities celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line – now the Alban Way cycle and footpath – held on Sunday 18th October 2015. Thanks to Mike Cobart and the St Albans Movie Makers...

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Walk the Train Along Alban Way

Walk the Train Along Alban Way

Posted by Smallford Station on 14 Dec, 2015

Your very own guide to the former railway route between Hatfield Station and St Albans
Abbey Station, and the landscapes and buildings close to the line. This brochure is published by the Smallford Group: “Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life” October 2015.

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Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life

Latest news on the Smallford Station, All Our Stories Project

The Smallford Station Project would like to respectfully pay tribute to Ron Kingdon (1920-2016) – Local Transport/History, Photography & Cine Film Enthusiast – who has sadly passed away. Ron showed kindness and enthusiasm for the project and generously shared his footage of the station, filmed in 1968 (click to view). Our thoughts are with his family.

Welcome to the Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life project homepage.  Here you will find all the latest information about the project, workshops and activities associated with the project in one handy place.  Please feel free to comment about articles. Celebrating 150 years of Smallford Station 1865 – 2015.  This project is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

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