EPW061126 ENGLAND (1939).  Hill End Mental Hospital and the city, St Albans, from the south-east, 1939


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    Title [EPW061126] Hill End Mental Hospital and the city, St Albans, from the south-east, 1939
    Reference EPW061126
    Date 30 May 1939
    Place name ST ALBANS
    Parish
    District
    Region
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 517364,  207025
    Longitude / Latitude -0.29967879891884,  51.749156639433
    National Grid Reference TL174070
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     This photograph is one from the St Albans Museums collection, but has never been officially identified. 1) I believe this to be an aerial pic of Cell Barnes hospital with the entrance from Hill End Lane/ Frobisher Road junction. 2) The picture is very close to Hill End, but the plane was flying a little further south and moving westwards, towards the city. In the middle is Cell Barnes colony (as it was first known), with Highfield Lane and the farm (now demolished) to the right. Further back, and on the right, are the hospital houses on part of the former Beastney’s Farm. The double row of houses going left to right are a short road known as Bisney Road. Later, in the 1950s this became Drake’s Drive, and was extended fully the width of the picture to London Road, just above the parallel Hill End Lane. Camp Road can be seen snaking towards the city in the distance with the allotments to the left. The zigzag roof of the rubber works stands out near the top, and to the right of it you can just see Campfield Press (neither of these buildings extant). Cell Barnes Lane is the hedge-line shown diagonally in the top left of the picture, eventually meeting Hill End Lane out of shot. I think the picture was taken just after WW2. Cell Barnes was built c1933 and the grounds seemed to have matured, and the allotments were at their greatest extent during, and just after, WW2.

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    ordinarybloke
    Monday 16th of April 2018 02:57:46 PM
     Junction: Hatfield Rd / Oakwood Drive St. Albans

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    ordinarybloke
    Wednesday 11th of April 2018 09:27:55 AM
    This site is great resource for the area:



    http://www.stalbansowneastend.co.uk/

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    ordinarybloke
    Thursday 12th of April 2018 01:09:33 PM
     Pinewood Close was built about here,

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    ordinarybloke
    Wednesday 11th of April 2018 09:23:22 AM
     Longacres Pinewood Close early 1960s, 'Jescot Dahlias' working the land before the land was compulsory-purchased from Ernie Cooper

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    ordinarybloke
    Wednesday 11th of April 2018 09:16:04 AM
    Ernie Cooper's dahlia smallholding, where Longacres Park is now. 



    A member of the National Dahlia Society he specialised in developing new varieties, such as Julie. Lingold. Jim, Redun, Buttercup and Jess; all Jescot dahlias, named after his wife Jessie.  The plants were grown by the tens of thousands, and Ernie was frequently searching for new ground, using land at Smallford Farm and at the new showgrounds then being developed by Roger Aylett in the mid 50s

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    ordinarybloke
    Thursday 12th of April 2018 12:41:53 PM
     Longacres Pinewood Close early 1960s, 'Jescot Dahlias' before the land was compulsory-purchased from Ernie Cooper

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    ordinarybloke
    Wednesday 11th of April 2018 09:13:12 AM
      Longacres. In the early 1960s the land marked and that now occupied by Pinewood Close was compulsory-purchased for use by the local school from Jescot Nurseries. Not used by the school, yet became building land for Pinewood Close. It had been a market-gardening business for Jescot Dahlias, run by Ernie Cooper.

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    ordinarybloke
    Wednesday 11th of April 2018 09:08:28 AM
     Camp Road

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    John W
    Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 05:06:14 PM
     Railway siding into hospital

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    John W
    Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 05:03:33 PM
     Hatfield-St Albans Branch of the GNR, later LNER, companies.

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    John W
    Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 05:02:50 PM
     Starlight Way and Puddingstone Drive are here now.

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    FrankB
    Friday 1st of August 2014 06:51:31 PM
     St Albans County Grammar School for Boys.

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    Mike Richardson
    Saturday 1st of March 2014 05:44:47 PM
     Willow Crescent.

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    Mike Richardson
    Saturday 1st of March 2014 05:42:57 PM
     Linden Crescent.

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    Mike Richardson
    Saturday 1st of March 2014 05:42:15 PM
     Beaumont School

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    mike18
    Saturday 18th of January 2014 05:37:24 PM
     This tree (one of the largest in St Albans), surrounded by Woodland, Elm and Hazelwood Drives, is still there today.

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    mike18
    Saturday 18th of January 2014 05:35:52 PM