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Marshmoor train derailment 1946

"Troublesome" section known to railworkers


Marshmoor train derailment 1946 -  Image from the Peter Miller Collection
Image from the Peter Miller Collection

At 10.35pm on Sunday 10 November 1946 a London-bound express train derailed about 200 yards south of the Dixons Hill Road bridge, Welham Green.


The train had left Newcastle at 4.45pm on its way to King's Cross. It was made up of 12 carriages hauled by a type V.2 class engine and was travelling at about 55 mph.

The entire train derailed, apart from the leading wheels of the engine.

North Mymms fatal train derailment Boxing Day 1870

Eight dead, including two local women


Great Northern Railways Stirling 4-2-2 1001, introduced in 1870 Image courtesy of Tony Hisgett from Birmingham released under CC BY 2.0
Great Northern Railways Stirling 4-2-2 1001, introduced in 1870
Image courtesy of Tony Hisgett from Birmingham released under CC BY 2.0

On a frosty Boxing Day evening in 1870 a wheel on a north-bound train travelling through North Mymms fractured sending carriages down the embankment at the Marshmoor railway crossing near Welham Green.

Eight people died on that cold evening, including two local women - sisters-in-law - who were walking close to the line. Three people were injured.

Mysterious death of a Victorian railway lad

The short life of a North Mymms teenager



Had it not been for the curiosity of a four year old boy, walking with his dad through the churchyard of St Mary's North Mymms, this story may have never been told.

But the inquisitive mind of the child, who wanted to know what was written on the headstones and the stories behind those buried in the graves, resulted in a father and son research project that uncovered a moving and tragic story of Victorian life and death.

This feature about the short life of railway worker Herbert George Town, from Marshmoor, was written by David Lister with this help of his son. It was first published in the April 2002 edition of the St Mary's church magazine.

Top secret WWII Russian visit to Brookmans Park 1942

Local residents left totally in the dark


Golden Fleece arriving at Brookmans Park station - image at 1'02" in video below Screen grab courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
Golden Fleece arriving at Brookmans Park station on 21 May, 1942
Image at 1'02" in video below

Screen grab courtesy of the Imperial War Museum non-commercial licence

On Thursday, 21 May, 1942, Class A4 locomotive Number 4495 'Golden Fleece' arrived at Brookmans Park Station. (1)

On board was the Russian Peoples' Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov, along with his staff. British Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, was there to meet his Russian counterpart.

This wasn't a scheduled service; this was a special train laid on to carry a Russian delegation on its way to attend a top-secret meeting which would lead to the signing of the Anglo-Soviet Treaty.

North Mymms film locations from the early 1900s

From silver screen to TV series and TV adverts


Steed driving through the gates at P.U.R.R.R. , North Mymms Park  Screen grab from http://averagerslocations.blogspot.com
Steed driving through the gates at P.U.R.R.R. , North Mymms Park
Screen grab from http://averagerslocations.blogspot.com

North Mymms has had its fair share of exposure in TV series and in feature films. Perhaps it's because of the proximity of the parish to the Elstree Studios, perhaps it's the mix of suitable locations, or perhaps it's both of these.

The North Mymms History Project is compiling a list of the locations in the parish that have been used for filming. This will be a continually-updated feature as we research old and new scenes filmed around the parish. If you known of any films or TV series shot in North Mymms, please let us know.

1914 sale of parts of Brookmans Estate

1,204 acres of "valuable and improving investments"


Cover of the 1914 sale of elements of the Brookmans Estate from the Peter Miller collection


At 3pm on Wednesday July 1, 1914, 1,204 acres of the Brookmans Estate went under the auctioneers hammer. Among the lots were a number of local farms, an old manor house, several small holdings with cottages, "valuable building land", and old and well-timbered pastures described as "valuable and improving investments".