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The history of the Attimore Hall goes back to the 17th century.

It used to be a Farm House surrounded by nearly 300 acres of farmland. As the New Town of Welwyn Garden City developed, it swallowed up all of the farmland and the farming ceased. To save the farm house, which was a listed building, it was turned into a Public House. Many new town residents use the Pub without realising it's true age and history. In an attempt to rectify this, I have researched the history and published the results on this web site. I hope you find it interesting.  Bruce Piggott.

The results of my research has produce a wealth of information which has been organised in groups as follows:

Chronology: A list of key events in the history of the Attimore Hall.

Census:    Extracts from the 1851 to 1891 records for the Attimore and its cottages.

Maps:       Copies of maps showing the area back to 1766

Photos:    Old Views of the Attimore and tied cottages back to 1953

Ghosts:    Reports from previous managers and assistants.

Tenants:   Details of previous tenants of the Attimore Hall back to 1804

Auction:    Details of an Auction which included the Attimore in 1953.

The Barns  The barns around the Attimore are listed and are used for local activities.


For the use of pictures and records shown in the above pages great thanks goes to:

Eric Sherriff: The last Farmer of the Attimore Farm.

Robert Sherriff: Eric Sherriff's son.

Peter and Esther Denham: Attimore vets.

Ellie Titmuss: Relative of Farm tenant, Sarah Campkin Census 1861.

Barbara Bruccianni: Stan Green's daughter. Stan was a manager at the Attimore farm.

Jeanne Lynwood: (nee Campkin) descendant of Thomas Campkin Census 1861.

Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies for extracts of map D/EP P33.

 

Although not very clear, this old aerial view of the Panshanger area taken in 1962 looking east, shows the Attimore Hall top right surrounded by open fields. This is the way it was for over three hundred years.

The road running up the picture from the bottom to where it turns right into Ridgeway is the old Black Fan Road. This name reportedly comes from 'Black Fanny' a Romany Gypsy who is supposed to have sheltered Dick Turpin!

The large field in the middle is now the Daniells area.


This section, taken from the above picture, shows a little clearer the group of buildings around the Attimore at the back of Ridgeway which runs from lower left to middle right.

Notice that The 'Vets' is not there, nor the upper part of Black Fan Road which now continues via the 'Crooked Mile' to the A414.

To the top right can be seen the old branch line that ran to Hertford. There was a railway stop called 'Attimore Halt' on Ridgeway but it was closed on the 1st of July 1905. The line itself was closed 23rd of May 1966.

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