Saturday, 13 April 2013

Ellenbrook - University of Hertfordshire

Ellenbrook
Ellenbrook flows southeast and southwestwards

Post to the west Nast Hyde

A1 (M)
In the early 1970s it was clear there was a need to upgrade the A1 through this section. The A1 was to motorway standard north and south of this stretch thus and a consultation exercise was set up and work commenced to build a new road as a motorway. The original A1 into Hatfield from the south is now numbered the A1001

Bishops Rise
Waterworks Cottages. Houses built for workers at the nearby Colne Valley Water Works.
Hatfield Water Works. Built in the 1880s early on this was managed by the Barnet and District Gas and Water Co. Recently it has passed through a number of changes in company, whose head offices were based locally. It is currently part of Affinity.
19 Cavendish Arms. This is a modern estate pub.  There is a gold Courage cockerel mounted above the pub sign
St Peters Catholic Church. In the 20th Fr. Kenelm Vaughan came to Hatfield and built a house and chapel in St. Albans Road. In 1925 Carmelite nuns built a convent in Hatfield and local catholics could attend mass in their chapel but in 1929 St. Teresa’s new church was opened.  The Diocese of Westminster recognised a growing Catholic population and in 1959 Fr. Milne was appointed parish priest of the New Town. The first mass in St. Peter’s church was held in 1961.
South Hatfield shopping centre
The Harrier pub. This was once called The Hilltop

College Lane
This was once called Roe Green Lane
University of Hertfordshire College Lane Campus. Hatfield Technical College. Built 1951-1953, architect Howard Robertson.  Structural engineers Felix Samuely and Partners on a site presented by de Havillands. There were foundation problems due to swallow holes. College built to serve the then numerous ‘high tech' industries of the locality and de Havilland moved their technical college there.  Academic courses in Aeronautics were on the syllabus.  Hatfield Technical College became Hatfield College of Technology in 1958, Hatfield Polytechnic in 1969 and in 1992 the University of Hertfordshire.  This is the original campus and now has many facilities, but the college has a larger site on the old airfield.

Comet Way
This is on the line of the Barnet bypass built in 1925 and bypassing Hatfield.  It also carried the North Orbital Road for part of its length. The A1 section was rebuilt to motorway standards in the early 1970s.  It was named after the jet airliner developed at Hatfield.

Ellenbrook Lane
Railway Cottages

Hazel Grove
Urban woodland with many different trees and fungi, snowdrops and bluebells. Some large hollies dot the wood

North Orbital Road
This road system was never completed and it is now numbered A414
Roundabout between the North Orbital Road and the A1 interchange
Pump chamber where water from the motorway cutting at Roehyde is collected and pumped, together with the water from the motorway to an outfall into the Ellenbrook.
Balancing pond. Water discharged from the pump chamber has to be limited to not more than 75 litres per second and the balancing pond, manages this. It is also designed to act as an oil trap and has a penstock by which the outfall can be closed if pollutants spill on the highway.

Roe Green
This is the old name for the area. There were two Roe Green farms here.
Roe Green Farm North, also called Hills’ farm. In 1733 owned by the brother of the Bishop of Bath. In the 20th it was bought by the Hatfield Development Corporation and the house was demolished in 1966.

Ryders Avenue
Site of a nursery

Sources
Affinity. Web site
Brewery History.  Web site
Kirby and Busby. Hatfield.
Motorway Archive. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire. Web site

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