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General Discussion Boards => Genealogy and Local History => Topic started by: Editor on August 28, 2016, 09:08:43 am

Title: The end for The Swan in Bell Bar - a look back at the inn's history
Post by: Editor on August 28, 2016, 09:08:43 am
Soon to make way for flats, the Swan Lodge in Bell Bar was once an important coaching inn on the Great North Road. According to the local greenbelt society, it's “the last link in Bell Bar’s coaching history”. Now developers are preparing to demolish it. The local authority has given the green light for a block of flats to be built in its place. Take a look at the history of the place, and browse some rare maps (http://www.brookmans.com/history/swan/) recording how Bell Bar has changed over the years. Some interesting material shared by local historian Peter Miller.

The Swan, Bell Bar, Hertfordshire
Title: Re: The end for The Swan in Bell Bar - a look back at the inn's history
Post by: chicken legs on August 30, 2016, 08:48:05 am
Very interesting reading, David.  I knew the old Great North Road had gone through Hatfield House grounds but I didn't know the original route was through Bell Bar.  Thank you for the post.
Title: Re: The end for The Swan in Bell Bar - a look back at the inn's history
Post by: Editor on August 30, 2016, 08:50:23 am
Very interesting reading, David.  I knew the old Great North Road had gone through Hatfield House grounds but I didn't know the original route was through Bell Bar.  Thank you for the post.

Thanks for the feedback. The real work was done by local historian Peter Miller and the late Bill Killick. Peter is popping round this morning along with another local historian. Perhaps we can dig up some more interesting local history stories.  :)
Title: Re: The end for The Swan in Bell Bar - a look back at the inn's history
Post by: epiphany on August 30, 2016, 12:00:23 pm
Very interesting reading, David.  I knew the old Great North Road had gone through Hatfield House grounds but I didn't know the original route was through Bell Bar.  Thank you for the post.

Hi Chicken Legs,

There is an article written by Bill Killick in this sites excellent history section that describes the route of the old Great North Road through the Parish of North Mymms.

http://www.brookmans.com/history/road.shtml (http://www.brookmans.com/history/road.shtml)
Title: Re: The end for The Swan in Bell Bar - a look back at the inn's history
Post by: chicken legs on August 30, 2016, 12:23:46 pm
Thank you Epiphany. I will pass the link to my husband who has studied local history over the years.