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.

The museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 2.30pm - 4.30pm. No Saturday opening for the time being. Admission free!

Operating as usual

October is now upon us, a month of wild winds, darker evenings and autumn customs. One such is apple bobbing and these f...
05/10/2021

October is now upon us, a month of wild winds, darker evenings and autumn customs. One such is apple bobbing and these folks at Bentley Heath Fete in 1938 are bobbing with a difference.

October is now upon us, a month of wild winds, darker evenings and autumn customs. One such is apple bobbing and these folks at Bentley Heath Fete in 1938 are bobbing with a difference.

We have received a number of objects donated to the Museum in recent weeks. One of which is this Pie Funnel.Pie Funnels ...
28/09/2021

We have received a number of objects donated to the Museum in recent weeks. One of which is this Pie Funnel.
Pie Funnels were used from Victorian times to prevent the pie filling, meat or fruit, from boiling up and leaking through the pie pastry top or crust, by allowing steam to escape from inside the pie. They also supported the centre of the pie so that the pastry did not sag in the middle.

We have received a number of objects donated to the Museum in recent weeks. One of which is this Pie Funnel.
Pie Funnels were used from Victorian times to prevent the pie filling, meat or fruit, from boiling up and leaking through the pie pastry top or crust, by allowing steam to escape from inside the pie. They also supported the centre of the pie so that the pastry did not sag in the middle.

This photo from the 1980s shows Darkes Lane including Tesco.All the Museum's scrapbook photos have now been digitised an...
28/09/2021

This photo from the 1980s shows Darkes Lane including Tesco.
All the Museum's scrapbook photos have now been digitised and are able to be viewed during opening hours.

This photo from the 1980s shows Darkes Lane including Tesco.
All the Museum's scrapbook photos have now been digitised and are able to be viewed during opening hours.

Photos from our archive scrapbooks have now been digitised and are available to be viewed at the Museum.  Please enquire...
20/09/2021

Photos from our archive scrapbooks have now been digitised and are available to be viewed at the Museum. Please enquire ahead of your visit.
Here are two such images; a then and now of The Broadway.

This week's photo from the archives was taken in 1936 when a thunderstorm and heavy rainfall on 22nd June channelled dow...
13/09/2021

This week's photo from the archives was taken in 1936 when a thunderstorm and heavy rainfall on 22nd June channelled down the hill and flooded Hadley Wood Station.

This week's photo from the archives was taken in 1936 when a thunderstorm and heavy rainfall on 22nd June channelled down the hill and flooded Hadley Wood Station.

This week's photo from the archives shows The High Street in 1985.Before shops & supermarkets could sell alcohol, this s...
19/08/2021

This week's photo from the archives shows The High Street in 1985.

Before shops & supermarkets could sell alcohol, this service was provided by the off-licence. In 1963 there were five: Potters Bar Off-Licence 45 The Broadway, John Lovibond & Sons Ltd 176 Darkes Lane, Westminster Wine Co 5 High Street and Victoria Wine Co 149 High Street.

This week's photo from the archives shows The High Street in 1985.

Before shops & supermarkets could sell alcohol, this service was provided by the off-licence. In 1963 there were five: Potters Bar Off-Licence 45 The Broadway, John Lovibond & Sons Ltd 176 Darkes Lane, Westminster Wine Co 5 High Street and Victoria Wine Co 149 High Street.

Are you looking for somewhere to take the kids during the school holidays?  Potters Bar Museum has a fine selection of n...
19/08/2021

Are you looking for somewhere to take the kids during the school holidays? Potters Bar Museum has a fine selection of novelty telephones, Merit toys and games and some delightful old bears.

Are you looking for somewhere to take the kids during the school holidays? Potters Bar Museum has a fine selection of novelty telephones, Merit toys and games and some delightful old bears.

This week's archive photo is of workers on the production line at the Merit Toy Factory in the early 1960s.  The Museum ...
10/08/2021

This week's archive photo is of workers on the production line at the Merit Toy Factory in the early 1960s. The Museum has a large collection of Merit Toys, some of which can be seen on display.
A booklet on the history of Merit is on sale at the Museum.

Here is another photo of The Railway Hotel from the Museum's archive. This is the Railway Hotel group outing to Clacton ...
03/08/2021

Here is another photo of The Railway Hotel from the Museum's archive. This is the Railway Hotel group outing to Clacton on 25th August 1935.

Here is another photo of The Railway Hotel from the Museum's archive. This is the Railway Hotel group outing to Clacton on 25th August 1935.

This photo was taken in August 1935.  The Railway Hotel Stores was in fact an off-licence attached to the Hotel.  It the...
02/08/2021

This photo was taken in August 1935. The Railway Hotel Stores was in fact an off-licence attached to the Hotel. It then became a china and gift shop.
Potters Court, sheltered accommodation on the east side of Darkes Lane near the railway station is on the site of what was finally called The Potters until it was demolished in 2000. The earliest known licensee was George Archer in 1855 when it was called the Railway Tavern. By 1876 it was known as The Railway Hotel. The pub was rebuilt on a slightly different site in 1937/1938 and renamed The Potters Bar.

This week's photo shows the Green Man; one in its heyday as The Green Man Hotel and the other from the 1990s.It was buil...
29/07/2021

This week's photo shows the Green Man; one in its heyday as The Green Man Hotel and the other from the 1990s.
It was built in the 17th Century and has been remodelled and extended over many years. A Grade II Listed building, long fallen into disuse.

This week we have two photographs.  The first was taken in the 1950s and shows J W Harris shoe repairer.  Left to right:...
23/07/2021

This week we have two photographs. The first was taken in the 1950s and shows J W Harris shoe repairer. Left to right: cottage and shop in front is residence of John Lucas. His Father was the first Parish Clerk and also lived there. The shop in front was built just after WWI and was kept by Mr Brock, the Chemist and former Manager of Boots. This shop survived until the Boots branch opened across the High Street.
The cottage on the right belonged to Dover Disnery, a local Preacher at the Mission Room on Coopers Lane.
Photo number two is from 1986 and shows the building still standing whilst change goes on all around it. Harris's Shoe Menders survived until the early 80s

A rather wintry archive photo this week.  Darkes Lane just before the new roundabout, January 1999.
16/07/2021

A rather wintry archive photo this week. Darkes Lane just before the new roundabout, January 1999.

A rather wintry archive photo this week. Darkes Lane just before the new roundabout, January 1999.

This week's memory lane photo comes again from the Museum's Scrapbook.  Here two ladies enjoy a chat whilst shopping on ...
29/06/2021

This week's memory lane photo comes again from the Museum's Scrapbook. Here two ladies enjoy a chat whilst shopping on Darkes Lane in 1961. Compare this to Terry Goulding's photo of Darkes Lane 40 years on in 2001.

This week we have two comparison photos to share with you.  Both are of Lloyds Bank in Darkes Lane from 1961 and 1990.
24/06/2021

This week we have two comparison photos to share with you. Both are of Lloyds Bank in Darkes Lane from 1961 and 1990.

In addition to an archive of local photographs, the Museum has a selection of scrapbooks covering all areas of Potters B...
18/06/2021

In addition to an archive of local photographs, the Museum has a selection of scrapbooks covering all areas of Potters Bar. Here are two pictures from one of those books showing roadworks taking place in Manor Road, February 1990.

This week's archive image is of Mount Grace House, courtesy of Potters Bar District and Historical Society postcard.In 1...
07/06/2021

This week's archive image is of Mount Grace House, courtesy of Potters Bar District and Historical Society postcard.
In 1859 photographer Roger Fenton bought 29 acres of land (originally part of the Denhams Estate) from Browne Webb & James Blake of 208 Blackfriars Road for the construction of Mount Grace House. 1939-49 the house was used as a children’s home before demolition in the early 1950s. Mount Grace School is now on the site.

This week's archive image is of Mount Grace House, courtesy of Potters Bar District and Historical Society postcard.
In 1859 photographer Roger Fenton bought 29 acres of land (originally part of the Denhams Estate) from Browne Webb & James Blake of 208 Blackfriars Road for the construction of Mount Grace House. 1939-49 the house was used as a children’s home before demolition in the early 1950s. Mount Grace School is now on the site.

Potters Bar Museum is located in the building which faces the Old Manor of Wyllyotts, a timber framed building, part of ...
02/06/2021

Potters Bar Museum is located in the building which faces the Old Manor of Wyllyotts, a timber framed building, part of which dates back to the 15th Century.
Now a pub and restaurant, it was relatively new as a public house. In 1973 it opened as The Wyllyotts Manor, becoming The Old Manor in 2000. Before becoming a pub, the buildings were
offices of the Potters Bar Urban District Council (from 1937). There was an earlier link with alcohol: in 1687 Alderman James Hickson bequeathed Wyllyotts Manor to the Brewers Company for the upkeep of six alms-houses which he had built at Kitts End.
The Museum has many photos of the Manor in the archives. In the picture from 1973, note the amount of car parking spaces allocated.

The Museum re-opens today from 2.30 until 4.30pm.We hope to see you there!
26/05/2021

The Museum re-opens today from 2.30 until 4.30pm.
We hope to see you there!

The Museum re-opens today from 2.30 until 4.30pm.
We hope to see you there!

20/05/2021
This week's archive photo is the Duke of York pub taken in 1995.Standing at Ganwick (formerly Galley) Corner, this pub, ...
20/05/2021

This week's archive photo is the Duke of York pub taken in 1995.
Standing at Ganwick (formerly Galley) Corner, this pub, a former coaching inn, was "re-built" in 1785 and briefly known as the White Horse.

This week's archive photo is the Duke of York pub taken in 1995.
Standing at Ganwick (formerly Galley) Corner, this pub, a former coaching inn, was "re-built" in 1785 and briefly known as the White Horse.

Potters Bar Museum is re-opening on Tuesday 25th May at 2.30pm!At last you will be able to come back and see all your fa...
20/05/2021

Potters Bar Museum is re-opening on Tuesday 25th May at 2.30pm!
At last you will be able to come back and see all your favourite objects again.

We will be opening Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2.30pm until 4.30pm initially but we hope to resume Saturday opening soon.
Our temporary exhibition is 20th Century Fashion.

Watch this space and we look forward to welcoming you all back.

This week's photos from the Museum archive are of Hudson's Garage in Darkes Lane, from 1930 and the 1980s.  Hudsons Cour...
11/05/2021

This week's photos from the Museum archive are of Hudson's Garage in Darkes Lane, from 1930 and the 1980s. Hudsons Court retirement homes is now built on the site of the former garage.

This week's archive photos are of the train station. On 23rd January 1936 mourners gathered lining the platform to pay r...
27/04/2021

This week's archive photos are of the train station. On 23rd January 1936 mourners gathered lining the platform to pay respects to the engine bearing the body of King George V on its final journey from Sandringham to London.
A few years earlier, between Potters Bar and Station and Mutton Lane Bridge, there were allotments on each side of the railway lines. There was also a siding called the Railway Hotel siding.
Later photos show the new station and the station in 1973.

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.

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.

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.

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Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane,
Potters Bar
EN6 2HN

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Tuesday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday 2:30pm - 4:30pm

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Earlier today (Monday) I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr Nik Pringle at Herts Police HQ at Stanborough. As well as seeing some fascinating exhibits and chatting about historical matters including local murders and the old Potters Bar Police Station, Nik showed me this website. It's not easy to find through the Herts Police website so I've linked to it here.
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Care Support Workers Wanted For Potters Bar We really appreciate your application during this COVID-19 . As always, we are ensuring all our care workers have the correct protective equipment to do their role safely. We also are here to continue to provide a key service to our customers, especially during this period. This is paramount to us. In light of this, all our time is precious, please can we ask that you only apply for these roles if you are willing to start work within the next 2-4 weeks. We want to ensure our primary focus is purely on the current time and providing outstanding support to our customers now. Care Assistants provide care for our clients in their own home, this includes: Personal Care such as to assist with showering/bathing, dressing, medication, etc Practical Support such as laundry, cleaning, preparing and cooking meals and taking people out to the shops, doctors, or social events. Specialized Care - Supporting people with special needs Job Type / Category Social care is about providing physical, emotional, and social support to help people live their lives. For various reasons and at different stages in their lives, some people need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity, and control. At Avant, our values are a central part of who we are and who we want to be! Aspirational = to give the outstanding quality of care to every single person Virtue = to have moral excellence Accountability = to be responsible and learn from our mistakes Nurturing = to always be caring and compassionate Trustworthy = to be totally open and honest If you like a challenge and no two days being the same, then this is the perfect Job for you! Required Education, Skills and Qualifications Education and previous experience is not essential as we provide training to all candidates but applicants MUST have Good written and spoken the English language Knowledge of the local area Reliable and trustworthy as lone working is required Have a caring and nurturing personality Other benefits Flexible working hours Opportunity to complete Level 2,3,4,5 Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care QCF (95% funded) 4 Weeks Paid holiday Promotion Opportunities – 90% Management Internally promoted Friendly and supportive team Good rates of pay Employee recognition Work in your local area All protective equipment provided Benefits: Bonus scheme Casual dress Education reimbursement Flexible working hours Reference ID: Ealing Job Types: Full-time, Part-time Salary: £9.50-£10 per hour Job Types: Full-time, Part-time Drivers preferred but not essential Benefits: Casual Dress Company Events Flexible Schedule Schedule: Monday to Friday Weekends https://www.facebook.com/avantbarnetenfield/
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.