In case you are wondering - ‘tis me!          

Sorry guys and gals, it’s been a while since I escaped from Giant Berkhamsted - it used to be Great Berkhamsted, but the commuters and parents of those attending a certain school that is increasingly taking over the town, have all but destroyed what I once knew as my home town, so it seems a pointless task maintaining this site and pretending it’s a great place to live so I’m going to introduce you to a place I’m finding pleasant to live in. This will take a little time, so complain if you want, it won’t make any difference, but you could always try to improve Berkhamsted if you really care!

I still have all the photos, articles and other information that appeared on this site if you are getting withdrawal systems and you can contact me by e-mail if you want copies or any other information that still lingers on my various digital deposit areas - nuffink gets thrown away, believe me! (As my wife will testify). Finally, I’ve prepared a short pdf document with a bit of history about me and Berkhamsted - actually it started as a follow up to the walk round town I did for the Parish Paths Partnership ( look for audio trail one).

Into my grubby hands has come some information regarding Hemel Hempstead new town in the form of a leaflet apparently by the Dacorum History Society in May 1980. I have reproduced it here if you are interested in new town development (near to Berkhamsted afterall)!

So - Welcome to Wanlip - well, here is your starter

The site is divided into sections reflecting our new location:

Wanlip - the hamlet

Norman - him who maintains, pays for and generally reflects the world around us/me

Birstall - the big village down the road which still thinks it’s a just small village

Remember, I don’t track you, I fund this all myself and generally, you should be fairly safe and not even social media is considered alien!

Feel free to contact me with good and bad comments as I have broad shoulders and constructive suggestions really are welcome.

I am biased, being a UKIP member with the best bits of Conservative, Lib-Dem and Labour party policies used for my own Independent ends. My past experience means I can often point you in the right direction to resolve problems.

My real success on the last council I was elected on was to point out to both Borough and Town Councils that the law says they are responsible to maintain public clocks. Reluctantly, they both conceded and a public clock that hadn’t worked for over 20 years suddenly was illuminated and new self-correcting mechanism installed. Given the will, anything is possible so don’t just complain and accept something cannot be done. As the Chief Constable (been there, done that) told me when asked what new laws might be useful, just said he had enough laws as they police by consent!

Think about it.

As you came here expecting something about ‘Berko’, here are a few memories to keep you going!


                                        Spot the red phone box?

                                                        Dean Incents house (Oasis cafe when my parents got married)?

                                                         How about the wide High Street now ‘traffic calmed’!! ?

                                                        The various town centre hostelries (even Charles De Gaulle stayed here).


Here is the oldest retail shop in the country, actually discovered when Herbert Figg retired and was being converted into an estate agent (what else did you expect?)


                                                           Finally old ‘Gilberts’ radio and TV repair emporium.

                                                           Picture shows ‘Stanley’s fruit and veg who moved                                                                from the corner of Lower Kings Road.

                                                           In case you are interested all photos taken in August 1997 and I have loads                                                             more although mainly the 1960s to the 2010s!

© 2019 Norman Cutting

Now for the good news!

Oh, I forgot there isn’t any!

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