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The start of a collection of accounts by and about people who have lived in our East End.


Everywhere is different


There are twenty-one great topics to explore in our East End. More will be added over time.

Nearly 200 years ago …

The tithe map for St Peter's parish, 1841, shows fields, farms and homes. The associated records tell us who owned what, who rented what, and in the case of the fields what they were called and how large they were.

Cunningham and Camp Hill

Camp Lane passes the line of cottages forming Camp Hill; while Cunningham Farm lies south of Cell Barnes Lane. The maps are available to view at Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies (HALS).

Dearman's corner

The first building on the corner of Camp Road and Ely Road was a general store run by the Tuckett family – they also owned an ironmongery shop in Hatfield Road. Later John Dearman arrived and changed the premises into a DIY shop, which, over time, was extended. Another family, the Gomms, joined Dearman from Chequer Street, Recently the shop has disappeared from the Camp scene.

New Dearman's Corner

A neat terrace of three homes with small front bay windows and sash-styled windows has arrived in place of the shop. Two have projecting front doors, but not the third.

Fleetville roads

There is now an almost complete series of early 20th century photos of the roads which connect with Hatfield Road between Bycullah Terrace and The Crown. The most recent to be discovered is …

Blandford Road

Thought to have been taken in 1907 before the age of the motor car, we can just see St Paul's premises which must have been still in the hands of the builders. Opposite is Thompson & Co, milliner, long before the Co-op arrived!

DH112 Venom

Hatfield is undoubtedly best known for its wartime "Wooden Wonder" DH89 Mosquito and post-war Comet series. But between the two a small military aircraft entered the market.

DH Venom
A Venom at Salisbury Hall

Seventy years ago the DH112 Venom undertook its first flight. It was a jet fighter-bomber and night fighter. A non-operational version is on display at the de Havilland Museum at Salisbury Hall.

A meeting of Sanders – and Moons

Fleetville Diaries, the local history people, hosted a magnificent celebration of two related families: descendants of Frederick Sander, the "Orchid King", and descendants of Henry Moon whose exquisite paintings of the orchids Sander bred were published in four massive tomes.

Sander & Moon Tribute Day

The result of Fleetville Diaries' project to renovate the family plot of the Sander/Moon families, was seen by eighty invited guests to Hatfield Road Cemetery and members of the Moon and Sander families.

Back to Barnfield

We may have been stunned or disappointed, according to our point of view, by the substantial estate of homes called Oaklands Grange now being constructed on the south side of Sandpit Lane. It was exactly sixty years ago that the hillside on the north side of the Lane was sprouting new homes, and one of these featured in the pages of the Herts Advertiser.

"New Private House"

"One of the private houses built in contemporary style that make up the new Sandpit Lane estate. It is in Barnfield Road." The road has recently been upgraded to a roundabout junction as if to handshake the new estate opposite on Oaklands land.

Life before Ballito

Ballito Hosiery Mills arrived in Fleetville (where Morrison's is sited today) in 1925. But the funding came from a company operating in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is where Ballito really began, where cotton hose had been made – these were the southern cotton states – and then the new nylon stockings which replaced cotton. Richmond Hosiery Mills wanted the new hosiery to be available in the UK, but import tariffs on this side of the Atlantic meant it was more economic to manufacture them here.

Young "helpers" at the cotton mill

Child labour on penny wages at the Richmond mill may have been illegal, but that did not stop it happening between factory inspections. Not workers, but helpers, it seems.

Second editions under way

Did you miss the opportunity to grab a copy of either or both volumes of the first editions of St Albans' Own East End? Perhaps you borrowed a copy from a library, or hoped a friend or relative might offer you a copy as a birthday or Christmas gift? Or maybe you've made much of your patience and are sitting it out in hope.

Welcome news

Preparations are well under way on second editions, including new content. Keep an eye on this panel for updates.

Fleetville streetscapes

When laid out Princes Road was short, connecting Tess Road (now Woodstock Road south) and Woodstock Road (now Woodstock Road north). Offered to the City Council by Earl Spencer for use as a cemetery but turned down, it was developed into thirty-two homes in c1901.

Part of Woodstock Road south

Five pairs of homes on the west side (with two pairs hidden next to the school). The last two cream pairs were not added until the 1920s.

Local architect recognised

In September a book is being published about one of St Albans' former architects, Percival Cherry Blow. The range of his work was wide: banks, public houses, shops, a cinema and many homes, oh, and the former Sainsbury's in St Peter's Street.

A very local Blow building

Benskins chose Percival Blow to design its new public house for Fleetville, The Rats' Castle. Its licence was granted in 1927.

Salvage enterprise

We have an occasional trawl through early pages of the Herts Advertiser, and this time we highlight enterprising work undertaken by pupils of Hatfield Road Senior Boys' School. The year was 1943 and the most important task for them was collecting what was then called salvage.

Tons of rubbish

Potentially useful rubbish, of course: scrap metal. Philip Long, Fred Munns, Cyril Cane and Peter Dames. It's what people did during the war.

Before our time at Campfield

Printing works soon after Orford Smith left and Salvation Army took over. The manager's house and its garden was located adjacent to the front door. The roof sign could be identified from Camp Road – Campfield was not then a through road.

Before our time checking

Poor quality picture of the proof-reading room at Salvation Army printing works in its early years, probably between 1907 and 1914.

Before our time at the transit room

Paper was delivered by the railway and much finished product left via the railway. So the transit room ensured materials were moved between the trackside room and the works at a much lower level.

Forthcoming events

Fleetville Community Centre

Take a short walk along Royal Road and you will discover a real gem of a building which hums with activity all day long, and well into the evening. Next to the park and opposite the Infants School is Fleetville Community Centre. Call in and find out what's happening, not just here but all over this side of St Albans. Click the link below to find a complete list of groups regularly meeting at the Centre.

Talks and Walks

A number of walks around the East End are arranged each year through Fleetville Diaries, including a series of four story walks around Hatfield Road Cemetery. You can arrange to book a talk or a walk specifically for your local organisation.

There are no more walks in 2019. The programme for 2020 will be posted here in the new year.

Fleetville Diaries
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By Mike Neighbour

Wednesday 27th November at 7.30pm
Fleetville Community Centre

Preceded by a short Fleetville Diaries' AGM

St Albans' Own East End Blog

A Busy Week

17th November 2019

Occasionally there is a small collection of topics which reflect what has been going on in our East End. This is such a week, so here we go!

To begin with, an account stretching back to 1929, which I probably should have noted from filed press reports from the time: a young woman of 18 had travelled from Kent to take up employment at Ballito Hosiery Mill in the year it had greatly expanded, just four years …

Location of post subjects on the blog

December 2018
Wings over Hatfield (de Havilland 1958)

November 2018
Former Typo (St Albans Typographical Society
Move Over (new SAOEE site)
First pictorial record (Armistice)

October 2018
Moths (DH Moth models)
They recognised me (boys outside Hill End)
Behind the main road (Winches)

September 2018
Platoon … as you were (Home Guard from Hatfield)
Platoon … halt (Home Guard from Hatfield

August 2018
Was it that long ago? (review of 1968)
Fifty (review of 1968)
Meet me at the drill hall (signing up soldiers)

July 2018
Fire, fire! Pour on water (Fire at Hill End Farm 1878)
Welcome to our new pad (Opening of Highfield Visitor Centre)
It’s in the archive (keeping the stories from Hatfield Road Cemetery)

June 2018
Sweet sound (restoring a Salvation Army brass instrument)
Recollections all round (four recollections from readers)
The doorstep pint (milk deliveries)

May 2018
It’s showtime (Herts County Show)
The price of coal (using the Coal Office)
We have a plan (educating Fleetville and Camp)
Fielding for free (picnic at the Barley Mow)

April 2018
Educating the newcomers (Educating Fleetville and Camp 1)
Spies in Glenlyn Avenue (post-WW1 friendship visits from Germany)

March 2018
Pothole alley (road maintenance)
Just dropping in (spies over our East End)
Decidedly dodgy (repairs from bomb damage)

February 2018
On your bike (arriving at London Road estate)
Sweets and planes (William Grace)

January 2018
Playground closed (informal play spaces)
Travelling east (Hatfield Road east)
Year’s worth of delight (Hannah Sessions calendar)

December 2017
Enjoy it? It made Mondays (people who inspired us)
A Little Bit Further (extending the city limits)

November 2017
Learning a Little More (Symondshyde New Village)
An anniversary for Glenferrie (centenary)
Happy birthday (109th for Fleetville School)

October 2017
Give Me Some Space (improving Fleetville’s roads)
Sorry, we don’t do sliced (Morley’s bakery)

September 2017
Stop Go (traffic lights)
Farming Outpost (Marshalswick Farm)

August 2017
One Day We’ll Do Something About It (traffic through Fleetville)
Memory Triggered (growing up in Fleetville)
What do we know about the Mos? (DH Mosquito)

July 2017
Flag waving (Green Flag Award)
All Mixed Up (Sutton Road)

June 2017
Nine Nine Nine (police boxes)
Chalet Shops (by the railway station)
Portsmouth Ahoy (careers visit by Beaumont School)
Some People Like Barley Sugars (walking out in the East End)

May 2017
The Lanes That Move (lane at Hill End which is no longer there)
You’ll Never Guess What, Mum (postcard photo outside Hill End gates)

April 2017
Sixty Is a Memory (recollections from 1957)
Sutton Lakes (the problem of drainage)
East(er) End Roundup
Engineering In the Round (ELECO)

March 2017
Converting Industrial Measures (industrial estates)
Patching Up the Past (Duisburg exchange)
No Time For a Round (Nast Hyde development)
View From the Boundary (Clarence Park cricket pavilion)

February 2017
Junction By Design? (Crown junction)
Updating and Refreshing (Ellenbrook)

January 2017
Oh For a Bypass (St Albans bypass)
Road With a View (Camp View Road)
A Circle Road (the ring road)
Speak or Text? (phones)

Speaking of the growing Fleetville in 1912: "… the haphazard, disorganised and part-completed houses, workshops and factories down in St Albans' own east end".
Ernest Townson (from the Herts Advertiser 1912)