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Whilst going through my extensive archive, all sorts of things have turned, up so whilst you think about whether or not to look at a selection of Berko photos, I found this from September 2009 which appeared in the next issue of the Parish magazine (other articles are available as I never throw things away!!)
The sixties keep getting written about as I suppose those who were there appear to
have the attitude that if you remember it, you weren't there. The latest one I've
heard about is a book by Jenny Diski and entitled 'The Sixties' -
Being, (as most who know me) bitter and twisted and not being stupid enough to waste my time going to university, I thought we ought to start putting the record straight as far as our little town is concerned. The sixties in Berkhamsted brought big changes. Most of the town centre was knocked down and housing going up everywhere. This was the time when the railway was being electrified, commuter housing going up and the town expanding in an effort to catch up with the rapidly expanding new town of Hemel Hempstead.
You are going to have to forgive my recollections in some areas as I got hit by a
bus in 1982 which has resulted in gaps due to a bump on the bonce, so let's start
with the obvious. Durrants Estate was started just after I came to the town and,
naturally, my parents moved into one of the first council houses (remember council
houses?). Normal schools for us ‘ruff raff’ were Chapel Street and Gossoms End,
then to Park View or Victoria and then to the 'bi-
In the early 50's most of the town had gas street lighting, a Sainsburys, the major
retailer was the Co-
Before we get to the sixties, what else sticks in my mind? Well, the High Street
had nasty yellow street lighting installed in the early 50's. You couldn't walk down
the High Street without having to stop and natter to at least half a dozen people.
Sharlands was the alternative to the Co-
Bye the bye, I’ve been actually reading one of the many books about Berkhamsted (in
particular ‘Berkhamsted -
Whilst in the mood, look out for my booklet walking around the Sunnyside side from
the station and back via the canal, Garden Laneup to Ashlyns and back to the station
I’ve found the cover for both versions which should be here
The A5 booklet (you have to print double sided and fold the A4 paper to A5) should be here
The A4 version -
Comments and suggestions via the new forum here.
Don’t worry, I’ll be back!