|Marconi staff photographer (using Marconi technology, of|
course) atop the old Hill End water tower.
COURTESY MARCONI LTD
|House and shop of Sear & Carter, Hatfield Road|
COURTESY MARK CARTER
Occasionally the topic of the Smallford Speedway crops up (and also the nearby golf links too, but that's another story). The names of a few cycle speedway teams have been put forward by Bill, another correspondent. You may recall St Albans Cobras and EAC Hawks, Hilltop Vampires (Redbourn) and Harpenden Aces. Just to show that none of us has a monopoly on local knowledge, we are trying to establish where the home grounds were. The Cobras, for example, raced in Cell Barnes Lane, and Bill sent me a photo of a group of the Springfield houses opposite the former farm yard entrance. Of course, the circus field was close by, so perhaps it was there. We also need to establish the specific location of the Hawks' track. Was it in the grounds of the EAC factory, did they share with the Cobras, or was there another Cell Barnes location, for example, at the bottom end?
|Advertisement for L Rose & Co Ltd on|
back cover of 1953 Pageant programme
Now, through the diligence of Gill, I have both the 1948 and 1953 programmes complete. Both contain interesting advertisements and these will appear on the website in the months ahead.
|Former coal yard and coal office St Albans City Station|
COURTESY ROB CRISP
Rob delighted me one day recently, supplying me with a picture which had, until then, resided only in my memory; the chalet shop, or coal office, by the railway bridge where today is the road into St Albans City Station (and where many news reports are transmitted from). There it is, looking a little worse for wear, shortly after closure, and shortly before work began clearing the former sidings and coal yard.
What a great time local history is having. Long may it last. Future blogs will expand on all of these topics, and more as they arrive.