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 much more.
Welcome to the Smallford Station & Alban Way Heritage Society homepage. On this site you will find all the latest information about the society, workshops and associated activities in one handy place. If you’d like to get involved or find out more, click the button below!
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.
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 – e.g. 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
Latest Smallford News
Latest news for the local community of Smallford
Small rural hamlets are always vulnerable to population changes, resulting from land-owner needs, epidemic diseases, extreme poverty, the impulse to move on, and shifts in agricultural practices. But there seems to be little doubt that this was the earliest community...read more
Our understanding is that the original location of this hamlet was around Smallford Farm at the lower end of Colney Heath Lane. The farm homestead lies back from the north-east side of the road, and today is close to the A414 St Albans Bypass (North Orbital). The...read more
De Havilland Model Railway Society Model Railway Exhibition Ludwick Way Methodist Church Welwyn Garden City 26th April 2014 There were 24 exhibits at this exhibition, most of which were model railways. "Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life" was...read more
Following on from our previous article about the discovery of some original footage of Smallford Station in 1930, courtesy of the film Rookery Nook, we have now had kind permission to display the film clips for everyone to...read more
Stationmasters 1865 – 1951 This information is largely taken from documents in Roger Taylor’s archive, appearing to be based on Trade Directory information, and is incomplete. Hatfield (already open in 1865, being on the Great Northern Railway main line) 1910 – 1915...read more
Thomas Christopher c1870 – 1946? Relationship with the Hatfield and St Albans branch: Stationmaster at Hatfield and in charge of Nast Hyde Halt c1910 – c1915. Life Highlights: Born in about 1870, in Keelby, Lincolnshire. Educated at Reepham, Lincolnshire. Married Kate...read more