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.