Occupations: 1861 census

Occupations: 1861 census

In 1861 only two or three plaiters and hat makers are mentioned.  Although this does not mean that others were not carrying out this work, but there may have been a reason to keep the information to themselves.  Several women left the occupation column blank.  A...
Occupations: 1851 census

Occupations: 1851 census

In 1851, the census was more specific about some occupations and we can obtain a clearer idea of the nature of work in the parish. The general term Labourer was replaced by a more specific agricultural labourer.  That still covered all who were casually, seasonally or...
Occupations: 1841 census

Occupations: 1841 census

The National Census has recorded everyone’s address and occupation almost every ten years (except in 1941) since 1841.  By collecting the census records from Smallford during this period, a good overview of the changing patterns of life and range of work available can...
Butterwick Wood

Butterwick Wood

Another farm not in use today is Butterwick. In fact the farm homestead has gone too, consumed in the process of winning gravel from under that part of the farm south of the branch railway. The part north of the railway came into the hands of the District Council and...
Market Gardening

Market Gardening

The farms around Smallford were typical in the southern part of the county wherever they focused on grain. The late 19th century collapse of grain prices caused enormous economic hardship and many farm employees and casual labourers were laid off. Prominent...
Station Road

Station Road

The road now known as Station Road, was, before the arrival of the branch railway, called Smallford Lane. Strange really, because the road which connects Hatfield Road with the former Smallford hamlet is called Colney Heath Lane! In fact, both those lanes from...
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