Then and now photographs spanning 100 years

Local history team digs deep in the archives


Hawkshead Road, Little Heath - left 1967, right 2018
Mix of photographs by R Kingdon (1967) and the North Mymms History Project (2018)
Montage by North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons

The North Mymms History Project (NMHP) has been examining how the Hertfordshire parish has changed since Victorian times by selecting images from its archives and comparing the scenes with modern day snaps of the same spots. And the results are fascinating.

The NMHP has selected 15 old images and attempted to capture the same scene in 2018 to try to see what's changed.

One of the most striking transformations has been to the land behind the Octagon Lodge at North Mymms Park, illustrated by the three images below, spanning 115 years.


photograph of The new bridge at North Mymms Park 1902 Image by G Knott, part of the Images of North Mymms collection
The new bridge at North Mymms Park 1902
Image by G Knott, part of the Images of North Mymms collection

Photograph of high flood at North Mymms Park after deep snow Christmas 1927 View from the bridge in the avenue near the war memorial.
High flood at North Mymms Park after deep snow Christmas 1927
Photograph from the Images of North Mymms collection

A similar view on December 29, 2017 with the River Colne in full flow  Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons
A similar view on December 29, 2017 with the River Colne in full flow
Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons

The NMHP has more than 4,000 old images in its Images of North Mymms collection, digitised and curated by one of the project's founders, Mike Allen of Welham Green.

The images are contained on three, soon to be four, CDs. They offer a valuable reflection of the history of North Mymms. For anyone interested, you can buy a copy of the North Mymms History Project's photo archive.




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