Potters Bar Museum

Potters Bar Museum Potters Bar Museum is an independent museum located in the Wyllyotts Centre in Potters Bar. The museum opened in 1990, with displays relating to the local history of the area and its people.
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The museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 2.30pm - 4.30pm and Sunday 11am - 1pm
Admission free!

Operating as usual

Located near the junction of the High Street and Mutton Lane,  once stood The Swan with Two Necks. Also known as The Bul...
21/04/2021

Located near the junction of the High Street and Mutton Lane, once stood The Swan with Two Necks. Also known as
The Bull, in 1658 it was called The New Inn.
This pub may not seem familiar until you realise it relocated across the High Street in 1760 and became the White Horse. After another name change in 1989 it became The Cask & Stillage.
These archive photos show the various incarnations, including The White Horse in the 1930s and 1960s.

With pubs able to open up their gardens and outside spaces for business as from today, here is a pub related post from t...
12/04/2021

With pubs able to open up their gardens and outside spaces for business as from today, here is a pub related post from the Museum archives.
The Chequers pub, located where The Causeway becomes Coopers Lane, in 1843 was The New Inn. This inn had been rebuilt on the site of The Punch Bowl which had stood further back from the road and had a cockpit in the yard.

With pubs able to open up their gardens and outside spaces for business as from today, here is a pub related post from the Museum archives.
The Chequers pub, located where The Causeway becomes Coopers Lane, in 1843 was The New Inn. This inn had been rebuilt on the site of The Punch Bowl which had stood further back from the road and had a cockpit in the yard.

Happy World Health Day! To celebrate, Hertsmere Healthy Hub has created a self-kindness daily checklist to help boost yo...
07/04/2021

Happy World Health Day! To celebrate, Hertsmere Healthy Hub has created a self-kindness daily checklist to help boost your health and wellbeing. Why not print this off or screenshot it to have as a reminder this month.

Happy World Health Day! To celebrate, Hertsmere Healthy Hub has created a self-kindness daily checklist to help boost your health and wellbeing. Why not print this off or screenshot it to have as a reminder this month.

This week's archive photo looks back to Bignells Corner in the 1950s and shows the Esso Motor Hotel, built in 1966, whic...
06/04/2021

This week's archive photo looks back to Bignells Corner in the 1950s and shows the Esso Motor Hotel, built in 1966, which became Crest Hotels.

Bignells Corner was the name given to the area immediately surrounding South Mimms services. It is the official name of the M25/A1 roundabout, though the junction is better known as 'South Mimms Interchange'.
The name (and the services) date back to when the A1 Barnet By-Pass and the A6 St Albans Road met at a busy triangle-shaped junction, which is where the [St Albans Road roundabout] is now. Scattered around the junction were two pubs, a garage, a garden centre named Bignell's (hence the junction's name), a motel and a Truck stop known as the Beacon Cafe.

Everything to the west of the road, including the pubs and the garage, closed in the 1970s to make way for the new A1(M).
Slightly to the south, the early 1970s the modern interchange was built, but it originally served the realigned A1 and A6/A1178, plus two local roads, one of which looped past the Truck stop and on to the village of South Mimms. The Truck stop would be owned by Deards, and promoted as 'Beacon Services'. There were also fragments of the old St Albans Road, chopped up by the motorway, still serving Charleston Paddocks.
(information from History of South Mimms Services)

Our archive photo this week is of Tingey's Furniture shop at 5 Oakmere Parade, in 1973.  The advert from their sister st...
29/03/2021

Our archive photo this week is of Tingey's Furniture shop at 5 Oakmere Parade, in 1973. The advert from their sister store in Hatfield shows the Potters Bar address as in Middlesex, before it transferred to Hertfordshire County Council in 1965.

Today's photo is from our 1973 archive and shows Blue Star garage at the crossroads which was the Abbey Life site and St...
23/03/2021

Today's photo is from our 1973 archive and shows Blue Star garage at the crossroads which was the Abbey Life site and St John's flats.

Tomorrow is International Day of Happiness. This has been celebrated on 20th March since 2013.  This year's theme is: Ke...
19/03/2021

Tomorrow is International Day of Happiness. This has been celebrated on 20th March since 2013. This year's theme is: Keep Calm, Stay Wise, Be Kind.

Not too much longer and we will all be able to start doing the things we enjoy again, including visiting Potters Bar Museum when it re-opens.

Do you remember the Sprat Pond? Now filled in, this was beside the footpath next to Tesco under the green in Abingdon Pl...
15/03/2021

Do you remember the Sprat Pond? Now filled in, this was beside the footpath next to Tesco under the green in Abingdon Place. The shallow end was nearest The Walk and children would go in and paddle. Sand and gravel was deposited at the shallow end to make a kind of 'beach'. Fishing went on at the deeper end and families would have picnics in the field.
This photo shows numbers 3 to 10 Abingdon Place after the Sprat Pond was filled in and became the green in the foreground of the picture.

This week's photo comes from 1973 and shows Princes Parade.
09/03/2021

This week's photo comes from 1973 and shows Princes Parade.

Today is International Women's Day and it seems appropriate to commemorate our local prolific novelist, Dame Barbara Car...
08/03/2021

Today is International Women's Day and it seems appropriate to commemorate our local prolific novelist, Dame Barbara Cartland (1901-2000)
Born Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland in Edgbaston, Birmingham, Barbara was educated at Malvern Girls’ College and at Abbey House in Hampshire. She became a journalist in 1922, specialising in society reports. But as a sideline she developed a taste for writing romantic fiction, modelling herself on the Edwardian novelist Elinor Glyn, whom she was eventually to befriend. After a year as a gossip columnist at the Daily Express, Barbara published her first novel, Jigsaw, in 1923 a risqué society thriller which became a best seller. She then turned her hand to writing plays along the same lines, one of which, Blood Money, was banned by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office (always good for publicity).

In the later 1920s and 1930s Cartland became extremely well known for daring parties and extravagant costumes, usually predominantly pink, for which Norman Hartnell, a lifelong friend, was becoming famous. The Second World War marked the beginning of a serious interest in civic welfare and politics for her and she took a big part in the affairs of the St John Ambulance Brigade as well as working for the War Office in various charitable functions. This led in 1953 to investiture as a Commander of the Order of St John of Jerusalem at Buckingham Palace. In 1955 she was elected a councillor with the Hertfordshire County Council, a post she held for nine years.

Cartland’s image as a self-appointed “expert” on romance eventually began to arouse ridicule and as she aged so the stories, now mostly set in historical settings, grew more conservative in tone, her heroines more chaste, the heroes impossibly handsome and dashing. Her output however, was phenomenal and the Guinness World Records agreed she was the world’s best-selling author. In 1983 she wrote 23 novels in the one year, a record, dictating from her settee to one of her six secretaries.

In 1991 Barbara became Dame Barbara, being invested by the Queen as Dame Commander of the British Empire in honour of 70 years of literary, political and social contributions.
She died peacefully in her sleep on 21st May 2000. She had been bedridden for about six months before and was suffering from dementia. In the light of her green beliefs, she was buried in a cardboard coffin on the Camfield Place estate near Essendon.
She had written over 700 books, of which 160 were still unpublished and her sons are overseeing the publication of these as e-books.

We may not be allowed to visit sports centres as yet, so here's a reminder of what it was like in the 1960s. Information...
02/03/2021

We may not be allowed to visit sports centres as yet, so here's a reminder of what it was like in the 1960s. Information courtesy of Potters Bar and District Historical Society Newsletter.

Swimming came to Potters Bar with the construction of the pool c1965 which is now part of the Furzefield Leisure Centre. In 1968
the Potters Bar Swimming Club was formed to be followed by the Barracuda Swimming Club to help those with disabilities feel
safe in the water. Potters Bar Synchronised Swimming Club was founded in 1978 by Colin Lushington at the Potters Bar Pool. In those days, training was on Saturdays from 12 noon to 1pm, Annual Membership was £5.00 and the weekly fee was just 35p. The Potters Bar Sub Aqua Club seems to be no more &
the Dolphin Swimming Club for children of local scout & guide movements to become proficient & safe in the water which was started in 1969 closed in December 2016.

This week's archive photo is another old pub.  The Middlesex Arms was demolished for the re-routing and upgrading of the...
23/02/2021

This week's archive photo is another old pub. The Middlesex Arms was demolished for the re-routing and upgrading of the A1 at Bignell’s Corner in the early 1970s. This junction was later enlarged for construction of the South Mimms roundabout & service station on the M25. While the building is still in existence as Limerick House (114 Mutton Lane on the south side of Mutton Lane & north of the railway line between the road-bridge & the High Street), it was once The Railroad Inn.

Today is Shrove Tuesday and what better photo than that of the Potty Pancake building which was situated on the junction...
16/02/2021

Today is Shrove Tuesday and what better photo than that of the Potty Pancake building which was situated on the junction of the Barnet and Southgate roads.
Pottys opened on 21 July 2013 and started out as The Lion pub. It was formed from two cottages in 1761. For a while c1880 it was known as The Red Lion.

This week's photo from the archive appears courtesy of Terry Goulding.This shows the view north towards Little Heath alo...
16/02/2021

This week's photo from the archive appears courtesy of Terry Goulding.
This shows the view north towards Little Heath along our High Street on 29th March 1936. The two drain pipes on the left standing near the fence mark the entrance to The Walk. In the centre are the partly demolished remains of Parkfield House with a cupola and clock beneath. The original house was called Easy Lodge when erected in 1745 by Major-General Plaistow. Oakmere House is behind the wooden fence on the right.

This week's photo from the archive is of the Robin Hood pub, which stood on the east side of the High Street. It was fir...
09/02/2021

This week's photo from the archive is of the Robin Hood pub, which stood on the east side of the High Street.
It was first recorded in 1659, although probably in a different location. It then became The Robin Hood & Damsel 1760-1761, The Robin Hood & Little John 1768-1811 and The Old Robin Hood 1928-1934. In 1940, following war damage, it was rebuilt before final demolition in 1980. It was replaced by the building development which housed MFI then became Lantern House.

Do you have any pub photos or memories you would like to share?

This week's feature is of an item in the Museum's collection. Whilst the Museum has to remain closed for the time being,...
02/02/2021

This week's feature is of an item in the Museum's collection. Whilst the Museum has to remain closed for the time being, we try to bring you a virtual view of photos from our archive and objects from our collection.
This is a Mural from Warship HMS Poppy. It was created by artist Denis Brooke as mixed media on plywood in 1945 and donated to the Museum in 1991.
It depicts a creative representation of HMS Poppy's War record, spending most wartime winters on the Russian convoys and most summers in the Mediterranean.
Her connection with Potters Bar is that she was paid for by the proceeds of a National Savings Warship Week in Potters Bar in March 1942. The sum of £157,000 was raised.
The Ship was formerly adopted at a special gala Christmas concert at the Ritz Cinema in 1942 when a Memorial Plaque was presented to the ship's naval officers.
A Potters Bar and District Historical Society Publication has been written about the story of HMS Poppy and can be available on request whilst the Museum is closed.

This week's photo shows Darkes Lane Railway Bridge, during the widening of the tracks in 1954.
27/01/2021

This week's photo shows Darkes Lane Railway Bridge, during the widening of the tracks in 1954.

This week's archive photo was taken in 1973 and shows The Potteries, 19 Parkfield Parade.  This shop was run by Eric Mud...
19/01/2021

This week's archive photo was taken in 1973 and shows The Potteries, 19 Parkfield Parade. This shop was run by Eric Muddle.

If you have any photos of long-gone shops, please do share with us.

This photo, taken in 1973, shows Folly Arch Folly Arch, Swanley Bar, Hawkshead Road before it cracked in half and needed...
12/01/2021

This photo, taken in 1973, shows Folly Arch Folly Arch, Swanley Bar, Hawkshead Road before it cracked in half and needed repairing.

The 1834 sale particulars of the Gobions Estate describes Folly Arch as “the triumphal arch through which Queen Elizabeth passed on her visit to Gobions in 1560” and the Victoria County History (1908) states the following: “The 'Folly Gates' near Potters Bar are said to have been erected by Sir Jeremy Sambrooke, and there is a tradition that a farthing was placed under each brick". Another story is that they were erected to commemorate a visit of Henry VIII.

In 2012, a previously unknown map was discovered in The Bodleian Library, Oxford, which showed evidence suggesting the Arch was at least 20 years older than its previously assumed build date of c1740.

Wishing all our Facebook Friends a happy, healthy and peaceful festive time. Look forward to seeing you again in the new...
21/12/2020

Wishing all our Facebook Friends a happy, healthy and peaceful festive time. Look forward to seeing you again in the new year when we are allowed to open again.

Unfortunately, due to the latest government regulations in the Hertsmere area, the Museum will close from 16th December ...
16/12/2020

Unfortunately, due to the latest government regulations in the Hertsmere area, the Museum will close from 16th December until further notice. Please keep an eye on our page for updates.

Today's photo from the archives is from 1973.  It shows the construction of Maple House, the site viewed from Southgate ...
14/12/2020

Today's photo from the archives is from 1973. It shows the construction of Maple House, the site viewed from Southgate Road. The Lion Pub can be seen in the foreground.

This week's photo is of former pub, The Bridge,  which stood in Mutton Lane right next to the railway bridge. It was pul...
07/12/2020

This week's photo is of former pub, The Bridge, which stood in Mutton Lane right next to the railway bridge. It was pulled down about five years ago and replaced by a block of flats. The picture is taken looking west and the pub was on the south side of the road.

From our archives, this photo of Sunnybank School in 1973
03/12/2020

From our archives, this photo of Sunnybank School in 1973

We are pleased to tell you that the museum will be open again on Wednesday 9th December from 2.30pm.We'd love to see you...
02/12/2020

We are pleased to tell you that the museum will be open again on Wednesday 9th December from 2.30pm.
We'd love to see you!
Our current temporary exhibition is 21st Century Fashion

Today we celebrate the Anniversary Birthday of  Dolly Shepherd, born  in Potters Bar on 19 November 1886.Dolly grew up t...
19/11/2020

Today we celebrate the Anniversary Birthday of Dolly Shepherd, born in Potters Bar on 19 November 1886.

Dolly grew up to be one of the most famous Lady Aeronaut Parachutists in the world, starting her Aeronaut career in her teens.

Dolly Shepherd:
‘The Parachute Queen'
1886 -1983

Here's a potted history of her remarkable life.

Dolly Shepherd performed the world’s First World Mid Air Rescue in 1908, saving the life of another Lady Aeronaut, this brave act, left Dolly paralysed and unable to walk.

Dolly as a Lady Parachutist ascended by a hot air or gas balloon travelling up to the heights of 2,000ft and at one time over 10,000ft, only holding on to a trapeze bar attached to a limp parachute attached to a balloon and once the parachute was detached, there was a 200ft plus drop (freefall) while waiting for the parachute to fill up with air and open.

Dolly, not one to be held back, learned to walk again after the accident of the world’s first mid-air rescue and returned to the world of Aeronautic Parachuting.

In WW1, Dolly served her country with the EWC in the UK and the WAAC in France on the Western Front as a Driver/Mechanic and during WW2 worked on The Home Front, where she was well respected by many who met and knew her. Dolly was also celebrated in the war time press.

Happy Birthday
#DollyShepherd

Lady Aeronaut
Star Sky Sailor

Continuing with Remembrance, here from our archive are these lovely photos of the Victory Parade.
09/11/2020

Continuing with Remembrance, here from our archive are these lovely photos of the Victory Parade.

This week's photo is in commemoration of Remembrance Sunday.  Our activities may have been limited this year but here's ...
09/11/2020

This week's photo is in commemoration of Remembrance Sunday. Our activities may have been limited this year but here's a reminder of what we were doing at the War Memorial in 1973.

This week's photo shows a view down Hatfield Road in 1980 with Richmond Road on the left.  You can see the Stanhope Gara...
03/11/2020

This week's photo shows a view down Hatfield Road in 1980 with Richmond Road on the left. You can see the Stanhope Garage and Telephone Exchange in the centre of the picture.

This week's photo from the Museum is from 1980.  It shows the High Street with Oakleigh Gallery, the picture frame shop,...
26/10/2020

This week's photo from the Museum is from 1980. It shows the High Street with Oakleigh Gallery, the picture frame shop, and Westons the Drapers, now the Abbey Life site.

Thanks to Susan Aylwin for sharing these photos of Potters Bar Tesco in March this year.  Let's hope we never have a ret...
15/10/2020

Thanks to Susan Aylwin for sharing these photos of Potters Bar Tesco in March this year. Let's hope we never have a return to those queues!

Following our request for photos, memories and items relating to the Lockdown, we have been sent this photo by John Rowl...
13/10/2020

Following our request for photos, memories and items relating to the Lockdown, we have been sent this photo by John Rowley. This is Sainsburys, Potters Bar on 21st March 2020 and captures the wave of panic buying during this time.

The Virtual Museum Object of the Week is a donation of two framed photographs of Darkes Lane, which were recently added ...
05/10/2020

The Virtual Museum Object of the Week is a donation of two framed photographs of Darkes Lane, which were recently added to the Museum's collection.

This week, we have a photo of the week as opposed to an object.  Continuing with the popular bus theme, this picture, wh...
28/09/2020

This week, we have a photo of the week as opposed to an object. Continuing with the popular bus theme, this picture, which is on display in the Museum, shows the High Street and trays of currant buns for the children of the Potters Bar Garage Busmen on an outing to the Odeon Cinema in Barnet, in 1935.

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Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane,
Potters Bar
EN6 2HN

Opening Hours

Tuesday 14:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 14:30 - 16:30
Saturday 11:00 - 13:00

Telephone

01707 645005

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Can anyone advise me where and what were "The Barracks" in 1866. All I can find out is that they were on the Howgate site. I have a burial record that states the lady lived at "Barracks, Potters Bar". She was buried at St. John the Baptist Church, Potters Bar. There are several other women who also resided there. Would it perhaps have been a hospital or workhouse. Thanks
Hello Potters Bar Museum. My father Peter, now in his 90s, used to work for British Railways Eastern Region in London from the mid 1950s until the early 80s. A colleague of his, George Samuel Case, lived in the Potter Bar area, but unfortunately Peter fell out of touch with him on retiring and moving away. We are aware that George has written at least one account of his early career experiences that you have published. He would be very interested in obtaining a copy of "George Case starts work with the London and North Eastern Railway" and any other material you have published. I also have childhood memories of George in the 1970s, when Dad and I used to meet him at the North London Society of Model Engineers' track in Colney Heath near Hatfield to run our miniature steam locomotive. Any information you have about George and his memories would be most appreciated. Very kindest regards, Mark.
Can you tell me please how long is he Votes for Women exhibition is on till? many t thanks.
A huge THANK YOU to Arnold for keeping the RAF 100 exhibition open for my tour the other day. In the end there were only a couple of us left at the end of the tour. My sincere apologies for turning up late after Arnold had gone. We really, really enjoyed the exhibition - and the permanent section on the Zeppelin as well, the two things we'd come to see. Both members of staff that day were really friendly and helpful. So once again my apologies to Arnold but also my thanks for keeping that exhibition running - that meant a great deal to us. Very best wishes, Jonty
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My family had a drapers shop at 62 High Street, in the 1930s...anyone seen photos of this location?
This is a quick poll on the new Potters Bar Community Group. Looks like we need to do some marketing / re-marketing work.
RE: The Parish Atlas of England: An Atlas of English Parish Boundaries (2017) Please could I bring to your attention this major new work of reference aimed at family/local historians, taking seven years, covering every English county in 900 pages, in which I have traced over the County Series collection of OS map 6 inch to 1 mile maps. The Atlas can be bought from me direct at £45 incl. Or retail at £60.00 (The National Archives Bookshop and Society of Genealogists bookshop stock it). Although Herts Archives does not yet have a copy - there is a list of archive centres that do - Parish Atlas of England.FACEBOOK Many thanks for your time. Yours sincerely Tim Cockin
I believe the Potters Bar has an historic connection with HMS Poppy (Flower Class Corvette) For those interested please check out my 1:72 diorama of the ship in 1943 whilst on convoy duty with Convoy ONS3: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/theflowerclasscorvetteforums/hms-poppy-k213-april-1943-1-72-diorama-t1536.html The model is the result of 14 years research.
Sent message about this picture. Uncovered under wallpaper. Drawn in 1971 by R Byrne.. found on walls of my house in Potters Bar