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I have (finally) finished editing all the photos taken at HALS.  Due to their size in full resolution, the links below are zipped collections of FULL SIZE images.

The following preview images below are more web-friendly but do not provide the level of detail you can see in the full resolution zipped files above.
Hello again (!),

Most of you will be aware that Historypin held a 'train the trainers' session at the University of Hertfordshire a couple of weeks ago.  The aim of that session was to teach us how to use Historypin in order that we can then spread the word and help others to use it also.

"What is Historypin?" I hear some of you ask...
Historypin is a website that allows you (a user) to put a picture on a map.  The clever bit is that it that you can then give it a bit of history, such as the circumstances surrounding the photo or subject of the photo and of course, most important, add a date when the photo was taken.  The idea is that over time, an accumulation of photos of one place will occur which will then enable people to view that one place and how it has evolved over time.  For instance, you might look up Oxford Street in London and see that it has many photos from similar angles taken over many decades, making it plain and easy to see the changes that have accompanied time.

"Why does Historypin concern us?"
Our project about Smallford Station already has several photographs taken throughout the years of the station at various times, e.g. whilst still in use, to after the tracks were taken up and most recently as a ruined platform along the Alban Way.  Historypin is a good tool which allows us to 'pin' photos to a [Google] map and, as aforementioned, add a date to each photo.

"You've mentioned a lot about photos, what about pre-photography imagery?"
Historypin was based upon photography, primarily with the advent of mainstream consumer cameras being readily available in the last century.  As such, the website currently caters best for actual photographs of places.  However, there is no reason why you can't pin an old painting to the map, from the age before photography.  Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, the timeline only goes as far back as 1840 but this is set to change.  Likewise being able to overlay old maps is something the Historypin team are working and may become a future possibility at a later date.

"How do I pin something?"
This is probably best answered on the Historypin website rather than me explaining it here, but in short you upload a photo/file/picture/image to Historypin.  Once uploaded, you are then prompted to complete some information about it, such as give it a title, a description, any copyright information etc.  Finally, you are asked to pin it to a map.  You can search for a place or simply drag the map until you find what you're looking for.  As it is based on Google maps, it works in the same way with the same controls, the only difference is you need to drag the little photo pin to the place you want it to be.

"Anything else?"
In short, yes.  There are a few other things that Historypin can do such as it enables you to overlay an old photo over a google street view image, making old streets almost come to life, given enough old photos from the same date.  The best examples of this are usually in places like a grand event in a city where there would have been tonnes of photos taken from every angle on the same/similar dates.  Resultingly, this allows Historypin to act a bit like a historic Google Streetview, from a time long before Streetview existed.

If anybody would like more information about Historypin or how to use it, please don't hesitate to ask!

You can see the Smallford Historypin on our website here:  http://smallford.org/history-map/

If you have photos you would like to get onto the Smallford Historypin, please PM me via this forum (under my username to the left) or "contact us" via the Smallford.org website and I will do my best to help.
Smallford Station Project / Smallford [Station] Logo
«  JM April 11, 2013, 03:47:34 PM »
Hi All,

As many of you will no doubt have seen already, I have designed a logo for the Smallford Station project.  Thoughts are welcome, but there are lots of little geeky elements incorporated within the design that I've hidden within as follows;

• Overall shape (circle with bar through the middle) representative of the classic station signage still used in rail transport today.
• Embellishment to the left and right of the middle bar are the [stylised] profile of train wheels.
• The train depicted at the top is loosely based upon the same sort of style as trundelled past Smallford Station.
• The lower part is styled on an old steam train wheel, you can just make out a cam hanging down beneath the bar.
• The font used is Gill Sans which is steeped in railway history and still used to this day in the London Underground for example.

Hope you all enjoy the logo and by all means, please let me know your thoughts and compliments/critique.


This workshop will introduce a range of materials which capture the history of Smallford station and the lives of the people who lived and worked in the surrounding community. Sources such as local maps, census material, trade directories and newspapers can all contribute to building a more nuanced picture of how Smallford developed in the 19th and 20th centuries, and reveal the part that the railway played in that development.

Tuesday 30th April 2013
1.30 – 4.30 PM
Room W108
Law Court Building, University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus
Workshop Leader:  Julie Moore

Full details about the workshop are available on the Smallford website: http://smallford.org/introduction-to-researching-and-using-archives/

Please contact Jeff Lewis if you are wanting to attend this workshop and if you haven't already done so, please include what areas of research and exploration you are specifically interested in:  http://smallford.org/forum/index.php?action=emailuser;sa=email;uid=5

Attached below is a map to the UH campus building where the workshop will take place.
The Smallford website, which contains information both about Smallford past, present and future as well as summary information about the Smallford Station Project findings and many other things is now live and online!

You can access the website by clicking on the link in the menu bar, "Return to Smallford.org" or by going to www.smallford.org

We welcome thoughts and queries regarding the site, should you have any, please reply to this topic with your suggestions.

Of course, as with most websites, it will evolve and develop and content on it will expand as time goes on.  There will be new pictures and pages coming soon with more information, so keep looking and as mentioned above, if you have suggestions for additions to the site, please write them in a reply below.


Smallford Residents.

General Discussion / Re: WHAT'S IN A NAME?
«  JM April 04, 2013, 02:25:10 PM »
Mike, you may find what I saw at HALS of interest, I have summarised it in the post linked here:


I will, when I get around to it, upload photos of the maps mentioned in the post which were taken when at HALS.
General Discussion / WHAT'S IN A NAME?
«  Mike Neighbour March 30, 2013, 02:21:48 PM »
Recently, when we were group emailing, Chris posted "it is evident that this name has denoted different areas over the years. The area we now know as Smallford was, in the past, either Horseshoes or Wilkins Green. When the station was called Springfield Station was that at Wilkins Green or Horseshoes? Relating the change of name being applied to the area because of the Station name change would be a bonus."  (Hope you don't mind me quoting you, Chris).

I replied with the following, and thought it would be useful to add it here, so that others can add their own comments and views.

Horseshoes or Smallford?  Very confusing.  We might like to ponder over these possibilities.  

1. Historically, local rural names often centred on the farm of the same name.  That takes us over to Smallford Farm, and maybe the former community along Barley Mow Lane (and maybe in other locations where those dwellings are no longer standing).  But between there and Smallford Lane and farm there was another farm  (Butterwick), which may confuse the issue.

2.  What about thinking of the name itself?  Small Ford.  This required a (small) stream or river to cross (ford).  We know of other east-flowing chalk streams nearer St Albans, now lost because of a lower water table.    Perhaps someone knows of a dry valley aligned N to S which would, maybe, have flowed into the Colne  at some time in the past.  A dry version of Boggy Mead Spring or Ellen Brook.

3.  Does anyone know when Smallford civil parish was formed?  It is the name of the parish which is printed on the OS maps, not a place, and that covers a larger area than simply a single place.  Was it formed when the bypass was built, or is it much older than that?  Is it subservient to Colney Heath PC?

4.  Do you think a parish needs to have a nucleus of houses and other buildings to attach itself to?  If so, might it be for this reason that Horseshoes became known as Smallford after WW2, in an age of greater administration?  I wonder whether there were any objections to this name change from people then living at Horseshoes?.  This is an interesting point because it begs the question, who is entitled to change the name of a place?  I am sure most people know that Oaklands College now calls its place at Oaklands  the Smallford campus!  How expansive can Smallford get?

5.  Christopher, you mentioned Springfield Station.  I thought there might have been a nearby field of that name, but could find none in the tithe records.  [Christopher discovered on his HALS visit that there was indeed a field called 'Springfield'. This was to the North of Wilkins Green Lane and roughly where the houses now stand just off Station Road. The road further north is Springfield Road']  Once renamed Smallford Station was it easier to think of Horseshoes as "the place near to Smallford Station?"  And was the lane called Smallford Lane all the way from Colney Heath to Horseshoes – before, that is, the bit between the station and Horseshoes was named (by someone) Station Road,  presumably after the railway opened!

These questions should open up a discussion, shouldn't they?
I also remember, about two years ago, photographing the Station Road street plate, lying in the undergrowth opposite the Post Office.  It was no good to anyone in that state, and I'm not sure whether it has yet been rescued.
Welcome & Introduction / Guest Permissions
«  smallford_residents March 27, 2013, 08:41:21 AM »
Please be aware, 'Guests' to this forum are now able to view attachments to posts, i.e. images and documents.  This is in order to help fulfill the requirement by the HLF grant that the information discovered about the Smallford Station should be made public and accessible by all.
I looked at the Plans & Sections of a planned railway from Hertford, via Hatfield, to St. Alban's in 1845 (documents R605/6/7) and its associated Book of Reference, giving landowners and occupiers (document R610). A hand-written endorsement on the cover of the plans indicated that the scheme had been renamed as the Hatfield and Hertford Junction Railway. (This plan did not materialise into the railway we are studying.)

I also looked at the Plans & Sections of the Hatfield & Hertford Railway, of 1862 (document R616) and its associated Book of Reference (document R614). This plan took a different course (between Hatfield and St. Alban's) from that of 1845. (This is the plan that materialised as the railway we are studying, opening in 1865.)

I looked at a studio photograph of a Mr North, Station Master at Smallford Station, and his wife (document DE/X997/1).
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