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Images of North Mymms Collection

Local history digitised and enhanced

Photograph of the covers and discs for three volumes of Mike Allen's Images Of North Mymms series
Photograph of the covers and discs for three volumes of Mike Allen's Images Of North Mymms series

Many of the photographs on this site are taken from a local collection called Images of North Mymms, a project started by local historian and photographer Mike Allen following the closure of the North Mymms Local History Society (NMLHS).

The collection is a three-volume set of CDs made up of more than 3,000 images which Mike continues to curate and manage.

Most of the images were loaned to Mike by local residents, including large quantities by the late Ron Kingdon, local historian Peter Miller, the Nott family, and images from the NMLHS files. There are some images in the collection which Mike Allen took himself.

Using a high-resolution scanner and photographic enhancing equipment, Mike has carefully digitised the images. In doing so, he has made it possible to zoom in on old images to reveal a level of detail not obvious on the originals.

Each CD contains images grouped by area. Each image is numbered, captioned, and dated (all within best guess sometimes). There is also attribution to the creator of the image, and, where relevant, a mention of who gave or loaned the picture to the Images of North Mymms project.

The picture resolution is 600dpi, and the dimensions are typically 2500 x 1500 pixels. For those who have been enjoying the images shared on this site, most images are cropped and compressed from Mike's digital versions, and are usually about 550 pixels wide. This means that you will see a much improved level of detail on the higher-resolution images stored on the CDs.

If you want to own a copy of the larger images, the CDs are for sale. They are £10 each, and the price covers the cost of collating, digitising, enhancing, researching and producing the images. Mike also uses the money generated to fund exhibitions of the images locally. He also offers shows for local organisations free of charge.

If you would like Mike to give a show/talk about the photographs on the CDs, or if you would like to buy one of the CDs - or all three - you can contact Mike by sending this site an email. There is a contact form at the bottom of the right-hand column on every page.


  1. Hi Mike, I am looking for a particular painting in the North Mymm's Collection. How would I go about searching this? Many thanks!

    1. Which particular painting are you interested in?

  2. Hi Mike
    I was wondering if you have any other images of the Marshmoor sidings area in the late 1950-early1960's. I am proposing to make a model railway layout of the area. Specifically photo's of the buildings would be helpful. Also the photo you have of " London John" captioned as 1972 should be 1962 as I started my apprenticeship at Mowlems in 1972 and had seen the Hunslet 0-4-0 dh shunter in use during many years of train spotting at Marshmoor previously

    1. Please use the contact form at the bottom right of the page. That will provide me with your email address so I can then forward your message to Mike and he can email you direct. Thanks, Peter

  3. Hi my email is attached thanks in advance edward smith

  4. Hi, There is no attachment! Please scroll down and use the contact
    form at the bottom of this page.
    Thanks, Peter

  5. Looking for old images of staff of Brookmans Park Hotel please
    My uncle was head waiter in the 1950’s we have only recently discovered his existence so this may be our only chance to ‘see’ him

  6. I am sorry, but we do not have any images of the staff. Good luck in your search!

  7. Hi, in researching my ancestors I found this site, my maiden name is Childs and I wondered if there are any photos of any of the Childs

  8. Hello, Thank you for your interest. We have quite a few Childs images
    across several different families, generations and periods. Can you be
    more specific as to which 'Childs' family members you are interested
    in and please provide more information such as names and where and
    when they resided in North Mymms? This will help me narrow down the
    search! Please reply using the contact form at the bottom of this page. Thanks.


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