St Albans' Own East End

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Top right: Bycullah Terrace; top left: Newgates Cottages; above: pub sign for what is now the Speckled Hen; below: harvesting near Smallford in the 1920s; bottom: label from apple juice bottle from the orchards at Highfield.

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St Albans' Own East End is an exploration of the eastern districts of the city and how they were developed differently from the north, west and south.

The unique mix of land ownership, the role of brewer Thomas Kinder and his family, and a commercial decision by city councillor, Horace Slade, all enabled a huge swathe of rural land to become, over time, vibrant communities that have contributed much to the economy and culture of St Albans.

The location of the Midland railway promoted nearby commuter housing and generated developments such as the Cavendish estate and the Clarence Park area around what locals have come to know as The Crown.

The triple developments of the Fleet settlement, the Slade building estate, and Earl Spencer's north Fleetville, together with Camp on the south side of the former branch railway, are all fully documented; as are the consequences arising from the sales of Beaumonts farm, Oaklands House and Marshals Wick House.  It reaches out still further to rural Smallford, Wilkins Green, Nast Hyde, Tyttenhanger and other hamlets.

The books also take an inquisitive look at where the families and individuals who made up the early Fleetville and Camp moved  from, and ponders the reasons for their change of location.

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About the books

St Albans' Own East End

Volume 1: Outsiders

by Mike Neighbour

£29.50   ISBN 978-0-9571691-0-4

St Albans' Own East End

Volume 2: Insiders

by Mike Neighbour

£29.50   ISBN 978-0-9571691-1-1

Note: both volumes out of print.

St Albans' Own East End