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Hi Colin,

Thanks very much for your informative comments! :-)  I'm now wondering whether your mother/you might remember any of the other Wilkins Green Cottages residents as maybe having been railway employees and, if so, any names and what sort/s of jobs they did. (Not to worry if not, but I feel I can't pass up the chance to ask.  ;-) )

Thanks again,


My mother(born in 1923) remembers walking through the snow from Wilkins Green Terrace to see the train.

In "The Hatfield and St Albans Branch" book, the Brian Anderson photo opposite page 49 was taken from a similar viewpoint on the bridge in April 1988. As far as I can make out, the man walking the dog away from the camera was my late father with Bosun.

General Discussion / Re: SMALLFORD SETTLEMENT
«  Mike Neighbour September 11, 2013, 12:56:44 PM »
I have carried out some additional work on the Butterwick Wood industrial area, and I think this puts into context how it developed in the 1960s and, where possible through the 1970s.  Also plotted are today's firms, and I hope I have everything in the right place.  What is missing, though is data from the 1980s and 90s, that period I was largely absent from St Albans.  Of course, if firm A was present in 1970 and is still operating from the same site, it is easy to bridge the gap!  But in all other circumstances we need to do some work on who was and was not trading from Butterwick Wood in the 80s and 90s.

I have taken a number of photos as a record of how things are today, and am hoping that there may be some pictures somewhere from the earlier years.  I will collect what I have and pass a folder of them to Jonathan if it is decided we ought to be adding a gallery to the website.  And then there is the issue of making a history of some of the individual commercial occupiers such as the nurseries, pubs, blacksmiths and so on.  Incidentally, the long-standing query about the post office and shop in Station Road, which was clearly not the current one in the early years of the 20th century, has been solved.  A resident of Colney Heath has identified a photo of the shop which used to be nearly opposite the Crooked Billet – a very long Station Road!

Attached is a Version 4 .pdf of the map; and version 4s of the spreadsheet in both Excel and Numbers formats.  If anyone has anything to add or alter this can be done in a different colour and reposted as version 5.
General Discussion / Re: SMALLFORD SETTLEMENT
«  Mike Neighbour August 14, 2013, 07:49:47 PM »
I have now moved on to a version 2 of both the location map and the spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet has been extended through the 1960s for those occupiers I have been able to trace so far.  I have also split the list into two parts, the first for those which can be plotted on the location map; the second for those outside of that area.  This arrangement begins to make it more orderly.  There are two columns which identify the zone colour and the numbered site of each occupier.  The numbers are fairly meaningless as a sequence; it is simply the order in which I plotted them from the original spreadsheet.

There will come a point where a Version 3 of each will be necessary, to update and extend what by then will have been achieved. 

That's all, folks.
General Discussion / Re: SMALLFORD SETTLEMENT
«  Mike Neighbour August 10, 2013, 12:55:02 PM »
Thanks Lucy and Jonathan for your replies.

I have to admit that I did not do a little further work on the spreadsheet before offering it out, and am now tidying it up, as well as adding 1962.  The light green cells are years before which there was any occupation recorded in the sources I used.  The dark green cells should refer to years when the occupation was the same as in the previous year, so that the same information need not be repeated.  Well that didn't quite happen, and I am now tidying up the original.  I will re-post it when ready.  There is also a need to sort the rows so that the locations are better identified.  So far I have created a base map divided into five colour zones.  The next will be to add 2 columns to the spreadsheet: for colour and a number, with the number also on the base map.  It may be possible to get that far within the next two or three days.
General Discussion / Re: SMALLFORD SETTLEMENT
«  LucyH August 07, 2013, 09:44:44 PM »
Hi Mike,

Thank you for compiling the spreadsheet, what a wonderful starting point!

I can definitely verify some of the information at The National Archives. In respect to the Smallford Station Master, today I looked through census material and can confirm that Thomas North and John Kimp were both Station Masters at Smallford. I also located their families and looking further into it.

Many thanks,


General Discussion / Re: SMALLFORD SETTLEMENT
«  JM August 06, 2013, 04:08:06 PM »
Hi Mike,

Both Lucy, my father Chris and I are interested in the local area rather than just specifically the station building itself.
I'll have a chat to dad and see what he says and whether or not we can make a start on the verification of the data but what a great start and help - thank you!

«  Mike Neighbour August 02, 2013, 10:07:08 AM »
Resulting from the review meeting on August 1st, it is clear that almost all activity has focused on the railway station and its branch line.  The Project does have another focus, which is the settlement itself.  Are there any other Project followers who are interested in exploring the growth of the hamlet further?  I have emailed to Jeff this morning a spreadsheet I created some time back of the owners/occupiers of business/commercial sites in and around Smallford, which appeared in the Villages section of residential directories up to and including 1960.  It was created as a background to research, but for archiving purposes will need to undergo verification (i.e. checking that I did actually record the data in the correct row and column!)  In addition, directories are known to have got their facts wrong from time to time, and the opportunity should be taken at some point to cross-reference the data with other sources, where available.  But it is a start, and better starting here than at the beginning!  And it will be interesting to extend the data in both directions – back to the 19th century and forward to today.

In an attempt to roll this part of the project into action, perhaps we could work on the spreadsheet, and maybe create a map to locate each of the sites. 

An Excel version of the spreadsheet is attached, but I am happy to send a .pdf or .numbers version to anyone who wants one.
Items seen and photographed.
Reference 1978-7455 was the seal matrix for the Hatfield and St Albans Railway Company; this is the original from which the Company Seal die was made: circular, mounted on a strip, with a hole at each end for fixing in the press.
9201 Photograph of Hatfield station
10729 Photograph of St Albans Abbey station, April 1930
15873 Photograph of St Albans Abbey station
19154 Photograph of St Albans shed
19155 Photograph of St Albans shed coaling crane
19156 Photograph of St Albans shed
19663 Photograph of St Albans shed water tower
27274 Photograph of St Albans Abbey station, 29th May 1953 (the day Everest was first climbed)
There are no Hatfield & St Albans Railway tickets in the National Collection.
Tickets from the Great Northern Railway:
345 Single: Hertford to St Albans L&NW
352 Single: St Albans GN to Potters Bar
362 Single: Sailor or Police at 3/4 price: St Albans GN to Hatfield
Also 362 (there are several tickets to a page); Single: Sailor or Police at 3/4 price: St Albans GN to Wheathampstead
367 Return: Workman free; specimen ticket numbered 000: Hatfield to blank (other station to be filled-in)
3320 Half-Day Excursion: outward half: St Albans GN to Hatfield
3327 Excursion: Volunteer in Uniform, 1st battalion: return half Cole Green to St Albans
5306 Single: St Albans GN to St Albans L&NW
5313 First Class Free Pass 1922, unused (photographed both sides)
5313 Third Class Free Pass 1922, unused
Thanks to Max for examining the album containing 3320 and 3327 (also 1 other album containing nothing from our line); without his help, I wouldn't have finished to GNR collection.

As well as looking directly at the above items, two items I ordered were actually glass-plate negatives, which one of the staff put onto a computer, turned into positives, and showed me; she has emailed them to me. They are:

DY4105 Photograph of the Midland Railway bridge under construction, with St Albans GNR station visible in the background. (The MR was opened in 1868.)
DY4107 Photograph of the Midland Railway bridge completed, with St Albans GNR station visible in the background.

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