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Woodlands/Shrublands
« on: June 23, 2010, 03:31:58 pm »
Hi.

Im in woodlands/shrublands area and thought it would be cool to try to get hold of any promotional literature that may have been issued to advertise the site when it was marketed in the 1980's-local paper ads etc.

Thought it would be cool to frame it and put it up in the hall.

any other information/memories re shrublands/woodlands is also welcome.

hope you can help

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Re: Woodlands/Shrublands
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 05:08:42 pm »
If you use the search facility and type in 'Shrublands' you will bring up a link to 'Old photographs' which includes one of the open space before those two roads were built.

The Potter Bar Hostorical Soc booklet on the history of the Great North Road also has an aerial photo of the open land.  You can clearly see the original route of the Great North Road before it was diverted to its current route. in the mid 1800s I think.

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Re: Woodlands/Shrublands
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2010, 05:28:10 pm »
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If you can track down a copy of Hertfordshire Countryside May 1980 issue p3 (most libraries hold back copies, Hatfield library certainly does) you will find a half page advert placed by Fairview Estates and also editorial for the last phase of 12 houses at Woodlands.
Interesting points are -
Prices ranging from 77,000 - 85000 (those were the days)
Half the homes were reserved before the showhouse was officially opened.
To help provide an attractive elevation, all the houses have Georgian style TIMBER casement windows.
(Unfortunately the vast majority of these have now been replaced with horrible plastic ones)
 

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Re: Woodlands/Shrublands
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2010, 05:43:00 pm »
All I remember, on a personal basis, was that when the scheme for houses was put in for Planning approval and the local existing house owners were canvassed for opinion in accordance with the Planning Act. My father who lived in 26, Mymms Drive opposite the end of Calder Avenue wrote in to remind the council that the site regularly flooded to a depth of about 75 cm to a metre.  The council went ahead and gave permission, twice the number houses permitted were built (how the developers got away with that one I don't know) and they all flooded to said depth two years running.  At the insistence of the insurers of the properties the council had to foot the bill for a not inexpensive storm drain through to Mymms Brook in Bluebridge Road, which solved the problem.  

Moral: don't build on a flood plain.
 

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Re: Woodlands/Shrublands
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2010, 06:23:34 pm »
Is that what the big pipe is for that straddles the big dip just inside Gobions , South East of what the children and I call the ' Pasture ' ( the field to the South of the Lake ) ?
 

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Re: Woodlands/Shrublands
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2010, 09:44:15 pm »
The big pipe over the dip is foul waste on its way to the treatment works at Water End. The surface water from Shrublands/Woodlands is fed into the stream at the back of Calder which then goes under Mymms Drive to the eastern entrance to the fields there.
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2010, 10:35:32 pm »
The treatment works at Water End is water only not sewage!
I had always assumed the pipe was something to do with the now defunct sewage works in Gobions.
 

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Re: Woodlands/Shrublands
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2010, 10:15:27 am »
im on the case with hcm to see if they can get a copy.

also had a look at the picture as suggested.

amazing amount of info in such a short time....many thanks folks and any other info appreciated.

glad that flooding issue was sorted-i heard rumours about the flooding from my seller but flood searches of the area came up fine so did not think any more about it.

I also heard their was a POW camp in the woodlands/shrublands field in the 1940's.

Some one also told me the old old A1 ran through it.

any info on this would be cool. I have grand ideas that leigons of roman soldiers walked through my garden (old A1) when on way to st albans from the then londinium...hmmm maybe not..

ta for now

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Re: Woodlands/Shrublands
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2010, 04:33:58 pm »
It was not the A1 but the A1000 that passed through (See Bob Horrocks post 2). I think any Roman soldiers would probably have been travelling along Watling Street (A5)!!!
The POW camp was located next to where Welham Green railway station is.
 

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