School 1908

School 1908

This nice study of the primary school is postmarked 1908 and addressed to Mrs King in Barnet. Note how narrow the High Street appears to be. The gate marks the current pedestrian access to Jigneys Meadow.
Village Centre Signpost

Village Centre Signpost

Barleymans is the cottage in the background in the upper photo (lent by John Cane). The rot at the base of the signpost in both photos suggests they are of the same date which, judging by the new appearance of the war memorial in the lower photo (lent by Bruce Drury),...
Martinholme and the village lamp

Martinholme and the village lamp

This picture, taken from where the bus depot later stood and where the ‘new houses’ now stand, shows how rural the centre of the village used to be. The new school site is just to the left of the picture. The white railings in front of the pond can just be...
Red Cow Car Rally 1960s

Red Cow Car Rally 1960s

The photos below are from the Bruce Drury Collection (taken by John Harvey) and date from the mid 1960s. The occasion appears to have been a car rally.
War Memorial 1920s

War Memorial 1920s

Looking down Church Road. This beautifully clear picture almost certainly dates from the early 1920s – note the pristine state of the memorial and the children’s dress.  Both cottages in the picture have now gone.
Village Lamp!

Village Lamp!

The Old Post Office – this lovely open view is now blocked by the fully grown trees seen as young saplings in this photograph.  The pond is barely discernable but the roadside railings confirm its existence.  The lamp is an interesting feature where the village...
Winter 1959

Winter 1959

These two photographs were taken in 1959 from Barleymans – (top) looking across to Martenholme Pond and (bottom) looking towards Wire farm (that’s a Premier double decker in the distance!)