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Images Of North Mymms / Re: Trains serving North Mymms over the years
« Last post by epiphany on October 20, 2017, 08:55:22 pm »
And are any of the cottages still standing?

1-2 Railway Cottage is still there, accessed from Marshmoor Lane (WG2545). The crossing keepers house has been demolished.
Images Of North Mymms / Re: Trains serving North Mymms over the years
« Last post by Nimbus on October 20, 2017, 08:27:09 pm »
As a matter of interest, what are the Marshmoor sidings now - have they been subsumed by the Travellers Lane industrial estate, and if so when?
There are various compounds storing new Mercedes vans on the rising section which was the track to Mowlems' complex, while lower down there is a recycling business and, most obviously, Welham Green station car park and booking office.
Images Of North Mymms / Re: Trains serving North Mymms over the years
« Last post by Nobby on October 20, 2017, 08:19:01 pm »
Most impressed by the level of knowledge! As a matter of interest, what are the Marshmoor sidings now - have they been subsumed by the Travellers Lane industrial estate, and if so when? And are any of the cottages still standing?
Images Of North Mymms / Re: Trains serving North Mymms over the years
« Last post by Nimbus on October 20, 2017, 07:44:36 pm »
I have another date correction for a photo caption! I'm posting these in the hope they can be fed back to the source DVDs.
Image BP2286, of Gresley A4 Dominion Of Canada, is sometime after 1956, when BR coach livery became maroon, and late December 1957, when the loco was fitted with a double chimney, which required the bell's removal.

Only 4 A4s were built with the double chimney, which was the subject of a French patent. Though the results were impressive, (see: Mallard) no doubt the costs deterred the cash-strapped LNER from pursuing it further. It took a campaign by the Kings Cross Shedmaster in the late 1950s to get the whole fleet fitted, followed by the earlier A3 fleet, at a cost of £150 per engine, in order to keep the Eastern Region service competitive. BR management were furious when they found out, fortunately too late to enforce conformity. They were largely drawn from the ranks of ex-LMS management, and did not appreciate or value what Gresley's design team had discovered before the war. Some later-built LNER Pacifics of class A1 were sent for a period in BR days to work the ex-LMS mainline from Crewe to Scotland, where they were found to use far less coal than the native designs, on the same work.
Images Of North Mymms / The Brookmans Park Run - when did it end?
« Last post by Editor on October 20, 2017, 02:10:22 pm »
Does anyone know what happened to The Brookmans Park Run? And does anyone have any memories of this race in the '70s, and who won? Picture from local historian, archivist and photographer, Mike Allen's Images of North Mymms.

Images Of North Mymms / Trains serving North Mymms over the years
« Last post by Editor on October 20, 2017, 01:04:54 pm »
I've started a new thread to feature some of the trains that have served (or passed through) both Brookmans Park and Welham Green over the years. I will be uploading some of the images curated by local historian, archivist and photographer, Mike Allen, who has loaned me all three of his excellent Images of North Mymms CDs to share with people on the site. Thanks again Mike. Please note that all the captions are built into the images I have uploaded.

Genealogy and Local History / Re: Before the A1
« Last post by Jhughes1 on October 18, 2017, 08:55:18 pm »
My grandads uncle died in 1937. He lodged at peters cafe. He lodged with mrs Florence peters. I'm trying to trace people who knew the cafe and mrs peters. Mrs peters and Uncle Tom both born 1887. I do not know how long he lodged there but he died on a motorbike after visiting his family in Herefordshire. Mrs peters had a daughter Mirinda Crisp Muchmore and son Cyril Edward Peters. I think Tom lodged there from 1927 but need proof poss thru electoral rolls. I'm yet to find his burial as the council in area can't find him. He's not buried in Herefordshire. Maybe St Albans cemetery but can't find number to ring. Does anyone recall the Peters family, the cafe, talk of motorbike crash. Tom died in st  Albans hospital. Thanks so so much. Jack  hughes 07427991227.
Education / Bag2School Collection at Brookmans Park Primary School
« Last post by Helen on October 18, 2017, 05:36:24 pm »
If anyone is having a clear out and have any clothes and accessories that they no longer need, we would be delighted if you considered donating it to our Bag2School collection.

Bag2School is the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser working with schools and since its inception in 2001 they have now paid out over £28 million. As well as raising vitally needed funds for schools around the country, it also helps the environment by helping to divert unwanted textiles away from landfill. Bag2School collects and sells your unwanted textiles to importers and wholesalers in many countries of Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Asia. Its website states that:

- Over 70% of the world's population use second hand clothes.
- If everyone in the UK bought one reclaimed woollen garment each year, it would save an average 371 million gallons of water and 480 tones of chemical dyestuffs.
- At least 50% of textiles we throw away are recyclable, however, we only recycle around 25%.

The attached letter explains more about the Bag2School collection that we have arranged for 9am on Wednesday 1st November. It is a great chance to have a clear out, knowing that the clothes and textiles you donate will go to a good cause rather than landfill, whilst also raising money for your local primary school.

The attached letter contains a list of textiles that are and are NOT collected.

You can bring your Bag2School bags (these can be any strong large bags eg. black bin bags etc) to school any time between now and 9am Wed 1st Nov, although don't forget that the school is closed next week for half term.

Please see for more details.

Thank you for your support.


Brookmans Park School PTA Committee

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The Welwyn Hatfield Times are reporting that arrests have been made:

A police spokesman said: “Police were called at 23.31pm on Monday, October 16, to reports of five men suspected to be trying to break into vans on Huggins Lane, Welham Green.”

Men travelling in a grey BMW were later arrested by police on the M25 near South Mimms on suspicion of going equipped to steal.
General Issues / Raw Sewage escaping - Woodlands/Shrublands area
« Last post by James Bentall on October 18, 2017, 01:29:48 pm »
Message copied from the Brookmans Park page on

Residents in Woodlands noticed a foul smell coming from the brook in the copse in woodlands.  Thames water tells us that someone has connected a sewage pipe into the rainwater pipe.   Hence raw sewage has been flowing into the brooks which finally end up in Gobians Wood. Thames Water say they have put sandbags in somewhere in Shrublands to stop the sewage and that they are investigating where the sewage is coming from.

I telephoned Thames water today and they don't seem to be doing anything and have told me to let them know if we smell sewage
This is a huge health hazard and we need to establish where building work has been done where the pipes may have been wrongly connected
If anyone living near a brook smells a foul smell or have any information please ring Thames water on 08003169800

Thank you

Sue Lawrence

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