Last updated on November 18th, 2019.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poor quality picture of the proof-reading room at Salvation Army printing works in its early years, probably between 1907 and 1914.
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.
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.
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.
A TOUR AROUND THE EAST END WEBSITE
By Mike Neighbour
Wednesday 27th November at 7.30pm
Fleetville Community Centre
Preceded by a short Fleetville Diaries' AGM
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 …
Wings over Hatfield (de Havilland 1958)
Former Typo (St Albans Typographical Society
Move Over (new SAOEE site)
First pictorial record (Armistice)
Moths (DH Moth models)
They recognised me (boys outside Hill End)
Behind the main road (Winches)
Platoon … as you were (Home Guard from Hatfield)
Platoon … halt (Home Guard from Hatfield
Was it that long ago? (review of 1968)
Fifty (review of 1968)
Meet me at the drill hall (signing up soldiers)
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)
Sweet sound (restoring a Salvation Army brass instrument)
Recollections all round (four recollections from readers)
The doorstep pint (milk deliveries)
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)
Educating the newcomers (Educating Fleetville and Camp 1)
Spies in Glenlyn Avenue (post-WW1 friendship visits from Germany)
Pothole alley (road maintenance)
Just dropping in (spies over our East End)
Decidedly dodgy (repairs from bomb damage)
On your bike (arriving at London Road estate)
Sweets and planes (William Grace)
Playground closed (informal play spaces)
Travelling east (Hatfield Road east)
Year’s worth of delight (Hannah Sessions calendar)
Enjoy it? It made Mondays (people who inspired us)
A Little Bit Further (extending the city limits)
Learning a Little More (Symondshyde New Village)
An anniversary for Glenferrie (centenary)
Happy birthday (109th for Fleetville School)
Give Me Some Space (improving Fleetville’s roads)
Sorry, we don’t do sliced (Morley’s bakery)
Stop Go (traffic lights)
Farming Outpost (Marshalswick Farm)
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)
Flag waving (Green Flag Award)
All Mixed Up (Sutton Road)
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)
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)
Sixty Is a Memory (recollections from 1957)
Sutton Lakes (the problem of drainage)
East(er) End Roundup
Engineering In the Round (ELECO)
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)
Junction By Design? (Crown junction)
Updating and Refreshing (Ellenbrook)
Oh For a Bypass (St Albans bypass)
Road With a View (Camp View Road)
A Circle Road (the ring road)
Speak or Text? (phones)
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