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
Now the celebrations are behind us, we’re getting back to what has become three separate, but associated, projects: ‘Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life’ Continuing our heritage research and sharing our findings on our website. If you know of anyone who recalls the station and/or railway line when it was operating, we’d love to hear their stories and, ifread more
As many visitors to our website may recall, what is now The Alban Way was once the Hatfield-St Albans Railway. The Line opened on 16th October 1865, 150 years ago, and, to celebrate this anniversary, we organised a range of free events – with publicity flyers distributed to over 4000 local homes!read more
The flier above was delivered to many homes along and close to the St Albans section of The Alban Way during the week beginning 5th October, Whether-or-not you received one, knowing about it could be a good reason to celebrate! The Alban Way is what remains of the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line. This October will see the 150th Anniversary of the opening of this line and, guess what – we’re planning some celebrations – and you’d be very welcome to join us!read more
Courtesy of modern technology, here are a few photos of Smallford Station taken from the air. These photos give three angles (the un-displayed fourth angle does not show the station due to foliage) of the station and small part of the branch line. The photos were...read more
With the recent find of a film titled, “Monty’s Misfortune”, 1933 footage of Smallford Station was rediscovered for the first time in many years. Visible in the footage, the Station was clad with several advertisements but determining what they depict is not clear on a few. A little detective work later, several of the adverts have been identified as you can see from these retrospective stills taken from the 1933 film. A little Photoshop magic later and the colourful adverts have been superimposed over the film frame to demonstrate a bit of colour the 1933 footage was unable to capture.read more
https://www.youtube.com/embed/H8xhX-IL41w Footage taken in 1968 by Ron Kingdon, of the Hatfield to St Albans Branch Line, showing; - Hatfield Station - Ellenbrook Lane (Nast Hyde) Level Crossing - Smallford Bridge and Station - Fiddlebridge Sidings - Lemsford Road...read more