BUS AND TRAIN TRAVEL
The map and chart show our bus and train services, which are quite good. The chief
grumble is at the slowness of the trains which take an average of 1 hour for the
20 miles to London. Best trains are the 8.51 am (41 minutes) and 9:41 am (44 minutes)
to London and the 4.15pm ( 45 minutes) and 6.05 pm (44 minutes) from London. Trains
per day to London 30: to Hertford 31. The branch line has 9 trains to Buntingford
and 12 from Buntingford , the line incidentally having some of the steepest gradients
in England. Return fares to London 6/1, to Hertford 1/1½, and to Buntingford 3/9.
There are roughly 150 tickets sold in a day. Eight goods trains are run per day
NOTES ON DELIVERY SERVICES
For a village, our tradesmen deliver over a surprisingly large area as the diagram shows.
The following are details of vans delivering from our shops.
Mr. Jones to Hunsdon and Widford.
Mr. Hall to Rye Park, Widford and Hertford Heath.
Deliveries to the village include
As we are near London many firms such as Rowntrees, Cadbury’s, Tate and Lyle’s, Huntley and Palmers deliver by van to the village.
NOTES ON OCCUPATIONS
While our Parish is obviously chiefly an agricultural one, with four farms within the boundaries, the amount of industry has increased rapidly in recent years and numbers employed would make us an industrial area, with 250 working in factories, 85 in shops and distribution etc and only 65 in agriculture inside the parish boundaries.
On the previous page the following firms are shown:-
E Wood Ltd:-
Mr Thurgill nurseryman and smallholder produces 600 boxes of tomatoes a week for London’s Spitalfield market. He also keeps chickens, ducks, pigs and rabbits.
FG Burt and Son (the Mill) employ 95 men and women in making furniture, mirrors etc
FC Jupp’smaltings, off Roydon Road and at Riverside employ 28 men and produce 5000 quarters per week. The Barley is obtained from farmers over a wide area. The malt is sent to local brewers.
Mr. A. L. Atkins’ Nursery employs five men and produces 70 tons of tomatoes a year, most of which are sent to Newcastle.
A sewage pumping station and a slaughterhouse each employing one man all to be found at the end of Marsh Lane.
Several small one or two man builders businesses are recorded on pages 23 and 26.
HOW & WHERE OUR WORKERS GO EACH DAY.
Of 419 people, 197 were found to work in the village, 88in Hoddesdon, 68 in Ware, 38 in Hertford, 22 in London and 6 in Hunsdon.
The 222 traveling out of the village did so as follows:-
St Margarets Station