Why this site was created
|Image by Lee Morgan released under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0|
Valuable information about the parish, which has a history dating back to the Domesday Book, has been curated by members of the North Mymms History Project team in an attempt to prevent it being lost and forgotten.
In 1997, we started uploading that material to the history section of the former Brookmans Park Newsletter after being given permission by the North Mymms Local History Society, and individual authors, to reproduce their material online for the benefit of all.
All that material - about 40 books and features at the time - has now being transferred to this site, the North Mymms History Project, with better quality images.
Reproduction of old texts
When we digitise the text from old books and articles we first scan them from the original publications, copy the text using OCR (optical character recognition), and then format them so that they can be read online.
In all cases we have attempted to reproduce the items as they were when the print versions were published. This means that we have not corrected any typos (typographical errors), or altered or replaced words that were once in common use but which are no longer in use today.
Transferring this material online also involves changes regarding layout, fonts and indexing, and adding attribution to the images used.
In some of the publications that have been reproduced on this site the details about who took the images or who shared them with the NMHP were included in the introduction to the book. This separated the information from the images. For online use, that information needs to be attached to the pictures so that if people want to share the image they can do so by adding attribution - this is an important copyright condition regarding the use of content on the NMHP as set out under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence.
If you spot a word that doesn't look right, hover over it and you will see the word 'sic' with a link to this page. 'sic' means 'thus was it written'.
Researching all aspects of North Mymms history
Since January 2018, many new features have been uploaded to this site. The majority are totally new pieces, which have been researched and written by the North Mymms History Project team using archived material which had previously not been available online.
Some are ideas that have been developed from our regular online brainstorming sessions. New ideas are always welcome. If you have a particular interest that you feel needs to be followed up, researched and written about, please let us know by using the contact form at the bottom right of any page.
The NMHP team
The team is made up of four local residents: Peter Miller, Mike Allen, Bernard Spatz, and Dave Brewer.
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