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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.

Smallford Station Project

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

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

Smallford Residents' Association

Latest Smallford News

Latest news for the local community of Smallford

Contractor and Board Member – Francis Rummens

Francis William Rummens 1811 – 1893 Relationship with the Hatfield and St Albans Railway Company: Submitted tenders of £52,000 for a double line and £47,000 for a single line, to the Board meeting of 22nd April 1863. A further tender was requested, as per the...

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Company Secretary – Alexander Forbes

Alexander Forbes 1834 – 1880 Relationship with the Hatfield and St Albans Railway Company: Alexander Phorbes was appointed Secretary at the second Board meeting, on 17th April 1863.   Life Highlights: Born on 31st October 1834 at Artillery Barracks, Woolwich,...

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Company Secretary – Major Charles Lomax

Major Charles Lomax 1850 – 1916 Relationship with the Hatfield and St Albans Railway Company: M.C. Lomax was appointed Secretary at the Board meeting of 29th July 1880, in place of the late Alexander Forbes, whom he had assisted. He signed newspaper notices as Major...

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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...

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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...

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