|The entrance to Pinewood Close from Longacres.|
And we think that building on people's back gardens is a recent practice.
Another question answered: Among the correspondence received this week has come a solution to the long-standing question on this website: what is the origin of the road Swans Walk (with or without its apostrophe) ?
Ben Swan first came to St Albans in the 1890s and launched a small business dealing in bicycles. Later this grew into a car business which launched the name Marlborough Motors. Once he had retired Mr Swan built a house in Colney Heath Lane, which he named Marlborough House (there was, of course, another Marlborough House, owned by Samuel Ryder). The present bungalow development is on the site of Mr Swan's house, and the road is therefore named after him.
Kendall's: Mention has been made previously of Stanton's timber and coal business in Castle Road. A member of the Kendall family has informed me that the coal business was sold to the Kendall family. Of course the Kendall business flourished in Bycullah Terrace and diversified into other areas; indeed, the Kendall name it still above the door.