Why the family moved to the New Town
Valerie Weaving recalls the reason for her family's move
Contributed by The Dacorum Heritage Trust Ltd
From Cricklewood in London, my Dad worked for Addressograph-Multigraph. He used to travel every day on the, on a bus they used to, a coach, I can remember that. I remember, I used to remember him coming home when was in, in Cricklewood and we used to wait at the gate on a Friday for him to come, because he would have gone to the sweet shop and bought me sweets. But then when we moved to Hemel, I can remember walking on a Friday to meet him from work, there used to be tree in Wood Lane End and we used to go there and meet him and he would have sweets for us, dolly mixtures and jelly babies and things like that. That’s what John and I used to do on a Friday, we would walk down there and meet Dad and he would pick us (up), you know, bring us home and we’d have, have our sweets and that was sort of like the treat, the treat for the week sort of thing. The tree used to be opposite where banks are now, in the Industrial area. He was a radial driller, don’t ask me what that meant, but he worked there for a long time.