|Original route of Dixon's Hill
Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile map, revised 1896 and published 1898
Image courtesy of the National Library of Scotland
|Changes to Dixons Hill Road due to the construction of the A1(M) in the 1970s
Image also shows Wakeleys Nursery
Photograph R Papworth from the Images of North Mymms collection
|Building the A1(M) flyover at Tollgate Road, October 1978
Photograph R Kingdon from the Images of North Mymms collection
Whilst reading the meticulous handwritten notes of local historian, the late Bill Killick, I came across a transcription of the LEEDS PAPERS. Vol. LXVII (ff. vi+114) held at the British Library (Egerton MS 3390).
The Dukes of Leeds were Lords of the Manor of North Mymms between 1685 and 1799. Egerton MS 3390 is the accompt book of William Vernon who was steward to the first and second Duke of Leeds, and which contains a survey by Abraham Walter conducted on March 26, 1691 of the ‘demains’ in North Mymms.
The survey includes ‘ye names, contents and quality of ye lands therein specified and in whose tenure ye same are’.
One of the entries contained in the survey is for a cottage built on the waste by Bushwood Field, and occupied by William Dixon (Manorial waste was land that was not let to tenants, and also not part of the demesne lands, which were lands retained and managed by the Lord of the Manor).
This almost certainly would be referring to the waste alongside what we now call Dixons Hill Road or Close, and I believe it is the reason why Dixon’s Hill was so named.
It is possible that the cottage referred to is the one that is still extant at No 47 Dixons Hill Close, and which listing states that the core of the building is 17C.
|Mr & Mrs Pollard outside 47 Dixons Hill Road
Mr Pollard was killed tree felling in North Mymms Park 1900s
Photograph E Stamp from the Images of North Mymms collection
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