Friday, October 7, 2011

Guide to Hemel Hempstead New Town, 1955

The High Street (from cover)
Daniel Harris has kindly provides a copy of the 1955 Hemel Hempstead Official Guide. This relates to an interesting period, in the first years of the new town, three years after the Queen had made her first visit, and when some of the first estates were being built.

I have reproduced the text describing the history of the town, including the New Town, together with some pictures and an advert for John Dickinson's which includes a sketch of the original 1809 mill in relation to the then extensive paper works (now almost totally redeveloped).

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