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Now for some of Mr Hortons’ efforts dating from 1960/70

(He was a customer who sadly died and these were passed onto me by his wife)

Coopers was the largest employer in the town for a century - Sheep dip and then aerosol fly spray exported all over the world via the Grand Union Canal from their own wharf (Pictures later from my archive).

After ‘cleaning’ up the soil naturally houses were built on the site!

As above only these cottages were behind the fish and chip shop in Holliday Street and the access used to take local deliveries out and the factory workers in (my grand father lived opposite in Ravens Lane but the rear gate was in Holliday Street so was handy).

On the corner of Ravens Lane and Provident Place during the ‘slum clearance’ of the 1960’s this is the rear with the wash house gone along with the scullery (aka kitchen/bathroom)

Provident Place (foggy bottom) looking towards the bottom of Ravens Lane. You may spot the cobblers on the corner or even the green grocers about 2 or 3 buildings ahead of the van.

Holliday Street looking towards Provident Place with wash houses at the back of Ravens Lane on the left.

St Peters Church in the High Street (I was chistened there) and graball lane in front (actually to the left) with the Ministry of Pensions office in front next to DER rental.

These are in front of Church Lane used for films needing  a cobbled narrow road.

Sharlands to the left, bus stop to the right and de-Lisle clock on the main cross roads. (Now working thanks to yours truly pointing out that the local authority had to maintain public clocks (late 1800 law btw))

Back in 1066, Berkhamsted was the place where William the Conquer was offered the crown of England after defeating Harold. He came to Berkhamsted after crossing the Thames at Wallingford and staying at the Moat and Bailey castle at Berkhamsted on his way to London (just a days ride away). However, rather than have the Normans ‘invade’ London a delegation hot-footed down the ‘road’ to Berkhamsted where William kindly agreed to accept the crown of England before entering London. Naturally in 1966 the residents of the town couldn’t miss a chance for a knees up and celibate the event in the castle grounds (owed by the Duchy of Cornwall).

Until recent years the grounds have been home to the August bank Holiday fate until they discovered it was a Castle with history and shouldn’t be disturbed! This is the only photo that I have of the event.  

Not to worry though, the annual Pram Race in June 1969 was recorded.

In the background is the Tesco building site which replaces the Court Theatre/Cinema which occupied the site from the first world war until fire broke out in the mid 60’s.

In the lower photo the blinds hide the F W Woolworth shop (remember Embassy records or the pick’n’mix counters or even the wooden oak floors).

Next to that is the original Waitrose which later expanded into the vacant Woolies before taking over the large town centre car park courtesy of the Borough Council (Conservative Town Council gave it to the Borough at Local Government reorganisation time). The residents have long memories and Independents removed them in 1995 (guess who was first in the queue to stand for election and got more votes than anyone else!!)


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