About

About

This website has been created to serve Smallford residents and provide information about Smallford’s past, present and future.  Although relatively small in population, Smallford and it’s surrounding areas are steeped in history, including the aerodrome at Hatfield including De Havillands 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

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.  This project is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

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History Map

History Map

This page shows the Historypins that we have made, displaying photographs from various different times throughout history.  Click on a photo to view more detail about it, feel free to add your comments and by all means, please add information if it is missing!  We hope that by pooling our collaborative resources together, we can gather as much information as possible from every angle.

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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, Chair SRA

Latest Smallford News

Latest news for the local community of Smallford

Occupations: forwards from the 1920s

Occupations: forwards from the 1920s

Posted by M Neighbour on May 18, 2014

1911 is the most recent census available to us, as the records are retained in secret for 100 years.  However, the gap between it and recent times is relatively small, and other data is available to us to summarise changes in employment more recently. The popularity...

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Occupations: 1911 census

Occupations: 1911 census

Posted by M Neighbour on May 18, 2014

From 1911 occupations became more varied still, with opportunities to travel away to work: bookbinders and printers in St Albans, and motor fitters and brewers in Hatfield. The motor trade also came to Horseshoes! William Sheppard was blacksmithing at Wilkins Green...

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Occupations: 1901 census

Occupations: 1901 census

Posted by M Neighbour on May 18, 2014

In 1901 was the first evidence of a school teacher, an author, a carman, bricklayers, woodman and an electrician. So the range of occupations was widening, and therefore the skill levels of a proportion of them.  Some labouring occupations became more specialised:...

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Occupations: 1891 census

Occupations: 1891 census

Posted by M Neighbour on May 18, 2014

In 1891 the many straw plaiters and hat makers had gone – not a single one left; women instead became dressmakers, housekeepers and farm servants instead. The latter were probably employed in the dairy parlours on farms which had turned from mixed to dairy farms....

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Occupations: 1881 census

Occupations: 1881 census

Posted by M Neighbour on May 18, 2014

In 1881 one occupation was suddenly absent: one of the last turnpikes to be closed was the Reading and Hatfield Trust at the end of 1880, responsibility for maintenance now being vested in the Highways Board.  So, the Simpkins family were out of toll collecting work....

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Occupations: 1871 census

Occupations: 1871 census

Posted by M Neighbour on May 18, 2014

By 1871 there was an increase in the number of (Brazilian) hat makers, possibly indicating a more mature market for these products. As with straw plaiting, whereas previously only the wives were identified with the activity, now the daughters were active participants,...

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Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life

Latest news on the Smallford Station, All Our Stories Project

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.  This project is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

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