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

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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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

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line

Posted by J Musk on 2 Jun, 2015

The Alban Way is what remains of the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line. This October will see 150th Anniversary of the opening of this line and, guess what – we’re planning some celebrations! Although there are lots of details yet to be finalised, here are our current ideas. Friday 16th October Guided Walk along the whole length of Alban Way Exploring the social, natural and railway history Participants can do the whole walk or join at various places along the Alban Way Evening Lecture/Exhibition – University of Hertfordshire Places will be limited and booking therefore required – info@smallford.org Sunday 18th October Various Guided Walks along parts of The Alban Way Local activities – picnic on the platform/lunch on the line Nast Hyde/Ellenbrook, Smallford, Hill End, Fleetville, London Road Possibly a central activity – if so, then likely to be based at Longacres. Hopefully including rides on a miniature railway, models of Smallford and Hill End Stations, ‘Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life’ Project Exhibition. The Alban Way Guided Walk We’re also planning to design and publish an ‘Alban Way Guided Walk’ that will illustrate some of its social, environmental/ecological/natural and railway history. Especially if you’re part of a community/organisation that’s located along/close to the Alban Way, and you’d like to get involved, please e-mail info@smallford.org and we’ll add you to our circulation list. Our next Planning Meeting is on Monday 8th June 2015, 5-7pm @ University of Hertfordshire. Get Involved This project is led by the ‘Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life’ Project Team and already involves an exciting collaboration with Colney Heath Parish Council, HCC...

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Smallford Station from the Air

Smallford Station from the Air

Posted by Smallford Station on 27 Mar, 2015

Courtesy of modern technology, here are a few photos of Smallford Station taken from the air. These photos give three angles (the un-displayed fourth angle does not show the station due to foliage) of the station and small part of the branch line. The photos were taken at different times, as evidenced by the changes in the yard beside the station. Photos are courtesy of Bing Maps. Click on the thumbnails below for a larger image....

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A Touch of Colour for Smallford Station 1933

A Touch of Colour for Smallford Station 1933

Posted by J Musk on 23 Feb, 2015

With the recent find of a film titled, “Monty’s Misfortune”, 1933 footage of Smallford Station was rediscovered for the first time in many years. Visible in the footage, the Station was clad with several advertisements but determining what they depict is not clear on a few. A little detective work later, several of the adverts have been identified as you can see from these retrospective stills taken from the 1933 film. A little Photoshop magic later and the colourful adverts have been superimposed over the film frame to demonstrate a bit of colour the 1933 footage was unable to capture. List of known adverts Sunlight Soap – enamel sign attached to railings. Bruges via Harwich – 1933 poster produced for the London & North Eastern Railway, showing a night-time view of the illuminated Carillon bell tower in Bruges town square. Artwork by Frank H Mason (b.1876 – d.1965). (Object number: 0001-3337). East Coast Frolics No.1, “I Do Like to be Beside the Drier Side” – Poster, London and North Eastern Railway, East Coast Frolics No 1. “I do like to be beside the – Drier Side!” – travel cheaply by LNER, 1933, by Frank Newbould. With a cartoon of a duck in a Pierrot costume singing while standing next to a piano being played by a mouse. On an orange background. Format: double royal. Dimensions: 40 x 25 inches, 1016 x 635mm. This is one of a set of six humorous posters exhibited in the 1933 LNER Poster Art Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries in London. (Object number: 1978-9470). Essex Coast – Poster produced for the London & North Eastern Railway, showing fishing smacks on the water, their catch...

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1968 Film of Hatfield to St Albans Branch Line

1968 Film of Hatfield to St Albans Branch Line

Posted by Smallford Station on 23 Feb, 2015

Footage taken in 1968 by Ron Kingdon, of the Hatfield to St Albans Branch Line, showing; – Hatfield Station – Ellenbrook Lane (Nast Hyde) Level Crossing – Smallford Bridge and Station – Fiddlebridge Sidings – Lemsford Road Bridge and...

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Smallford Station in “Monty’s Misfortune” Film 1933

Smallford Station in “Monty’s Misfortune” Film 1933

Posted by Smallford Station on 16 Feb, 2015

An incredible find! Watch incredible footage taken in 1933 of Smallford Station in the film, “Monty’s Misfortune” by FACS (Finchley Amateur Ciné Society) Production and directed by J.C.Lowe. Skip to 7:05, for scenes filmed at Smallford Station – referred to in the film as “Southmoor”. Thanks goes to Frank Banfield for the original 16mm...

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Smallford Station Platform Gets Cleared!

Smallford Station Platform Gets Cleared!

Posted by Jeff Lewis on 29 Jan, 2015

Video footage of the on-going works to clear the Smallford Station platform of overgrown foliage. The work is being undertaken in an effort to help preserve the platform structures along the length of the Alban Way, up to Smallford...

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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. Celebrating 150 years of Smallford Station 1865 – 2015.  This project is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

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