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North Mymms pictures from the past

Bellringers at St Mary's Church 1900
Bellringers at St Mary's Church c.1900. Image from Dorothy Colville's "North Mymms Parish and People".
A photographic history of North Mymms, including images dating back more than 130 years, has been published and will appear on this site soon.

The new book, "North Mymms Pictures From the Past", is the latest work produced by the North Mymms Local History Society.

The photographic study of life in the parish has taken two years to compile and has involved digging deep into the society’s archives, going through family photo albums and shoe boxes full of old snaps and postcards.

The 62-page book includes almost 120 previously unpublished photographs grouped in several chapters looking at transport, Brookmans Park, Welham Green, the parish’s pubs, landmarks, farming and people.

A spokesperson for the local history society said the book will sell for just £2 (plus £1.50 postage and packing within the UK). Copies can be ordered from committee member Len Palmer on 01707 655333.

According to the society, part of the cost of producing the 1,000 copies of "North Mymms Pictures From the Past" came from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the North Mymms Parish Council.

The North Mymms Local History Society has also agreed that, as with all the society’s other publications, the book should be made available online for the benefit of all.

By the next month the chapters and photographs will start to appear here on the Brookmans Park Newsletter as part of the site’s extensive history section.

But please be patient, the work of reproducing "North Mymms Pictures From the Past" online will be a lengthy process of scanning images and presenting them on the site and will be undertaken by volunteers working in their spare time.

We will probably publish a chapter at a time so that people can enjoy some of the images while the online version is being complete. The first chapter should go live by November 1.

October 13, 2002

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