If you’re not familiar with this part of Hertfordshire, you probably only know South Mymms as the name of a service station off the M25. But infact it’s a lovely and historic little village with lots of interesting stories to tell.
I’m pleased to share for the first time, this lovely old picture from my personal Lazystuff collection. This historic image features a close-up of the long lost Red Lion pub in the heart of South Mymms, Hertfordshire – built circa 1826.
The Coachman was known in our family as Uncle Arthur and he ran a local horse and cart taxi service, the picture is dated 1908.
The last entry for a pub landlord was 1926, by the name of Albert Smart. The building still looked like a pub in this 1929 photo, below (shown on the left-side of the image) – and it’s possible it was still operating until at least 1932 as around this time, my Grandmother was a table waitress collecting glasses, for a short while.
Near to the pub was a wood yard called Nethercotts that mostly made coffins. At some point it’s believed that the Nethercott family changed this building and the row of cottages next to it, to the name Arlingham/Arlington House. Nethercott was founded in 1911.
The wide shot below, showing the pub and most-likely Uncle Arthur, also shows my Great, Great Grandmother Susan March outside her house at no.2 Turnham Cottages (now Arlington House). At number 1 was the Burgess Family and at Number 3 The Burton Family
I’ve attached a more recent image for comparison. The old pub was situated on the corner of St Albans Road and Blackhorse Lane.
I have a few more pics around the area, perhaps to share at a later date. If you’re interested in a high resolution print of this photo for personal use, please let me know. This is a pic from one of the chapter’s in a personal family history book I wrote.
As usual, if you’d like to give feedback or if I’ve got anything wrong, please add your comment below.
Credits: Village overview pic courtesy Andy Lawrence via SOUTH MIMMS – A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE facebook group. Village from above pic is taken from St Giles tower by Frank H Meads from book by F Brittain MA published in 1931.