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The Pavilion c1965, Hemel Hempstead

The Pavilion c1965, Hemel Hempstead

The Pavilion c1965, Hemel Hempstead Ref: H255150

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The Pavilion.

The Pavilion c1965, Hemel Hempstead
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Oh the memories of many, many brilliant gigs back in the 70s & 80s. In fact, so many I am in the process of putting together a book entitled The Pavilion Rock Years. I am keen to hear from anyone with memories of gigs/concerts they attended there between 1966 and 2002 (I certainly wasn't at every one!). If you have any anecdotes, good, bad, funny stories to tell, please don't hesitate to contact me at
Many thanks,

Those Gigs in The 70s

The Pavilion c1965, Hemel Hempstead
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Like Steve, I've only just found your site - another year later - and would also like to know how the book is going. I haven't lived in the area since 1980 but have happy memories of my teen years.

I used to go to the Pavilion often during the mid 70s and to St Albans' City Hall (as it was called then) with my school mates.

I recall seeing: Thin Lizzy, Van der Graaf Generator, Richard Hell & the Voidoids (in the 80s), Mick Ronson, Wizzard, Hot Chocolate and maybe BeBop Deluxe - but that may have been in St Albans. I know there were many more - the money I earned at Kinloch & Anderson's chemists in Market Square (no longer there) was spent either buying vinyl or tickets for gigs. Favourite shops for music were Old Town Records and a shop just a few doors up from the chemist - I can't remember its name, which is shocking because it was quite memorable!

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The Equals

The Pavilion c1965, Hemel Hempstead
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My name is WILFRIED and I live in Germany. In 1968 I was on school exchange in Hemel Hempstead for four weeks. I was there with a group of 40 boys and girls all at the age of 16 or 17 supported by two teachers. We were all living in different families in Hemel Hempstead.
At that time I was very interested in popular music, especially the classic rock stuff and psychedelic music.
One day I read a review about a concert of 'The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown' in a local paper. The concert took place in a club in Dunstable a couple of days before. I was very excited and I asked my guest parents if I could phone the club to ask them if Arthur Brown would perform again next weekend. (Which was very naive but what did I know in 1968). Of cause the band did not perform again but I was told that 'Family' would perform next friday. Unluckily I haven't heard of 'FAMILY' before... Read more

Hemel Hempstead & local memories

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Earliest Workplaces

Water Gardens c1963, Hemel Hempstead
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This picture was taken from the now demolished Circular and then quite unique Car park overlooking the Lake in front of Lord Alexander House on the right hand side of picture .
This office was built in 1959/60 and the first high profile tenants of the First floor of the building were Esso Petroleum Company Ltd and it was one of their 16 UK Branch offices -- South Midland Branch. They gave up the lease on the building in approximately 1970. I started as an office boy in 1961 and finally retired from Esso in 2005. Many happy memories of working here.

Shell Mex And BP Computer Centre

Shell Mex Buildings And Gardens c1965, Hemel Hempstead
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First started work at Hemel in November 1963. Following a spell at the Manchester Data Centre I returned in 1968 and remained until Brand Separation in 1974. We are now holding a reunion in July for anyone who worked for SMBP in either Data Centre.

Sad to learn that the building was demolished in the eighties.

Great fun was had watching the antics of the drivers coping with the magic roundabout.

Old Hemel

High Street 1957, Hemel Hempstead
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The old High Street, before Marlowes Town Centre was built.

Documentary About Paper Making at Nash Mills, 1980s

Readers may be interested to view the documentary I made about paper making at DRG, Nash Mills in Hemel Hempstead in 1983. It's now free to view on my YouTube channel at

My film was also discussed on a recent BBC radio interview about my life and career as a local photo-journalist and film maker:

My Birth Place

I was born in Hemel Hempstead in March of 1957.  My parents came from Portsmouth and County Durham.  They met in London and moved to Hemel Hempstead, which was a new town, in search of good housing, school for my 5 year old sister and work prospects. We lived in Vauxhall Road when I was born. All my memories of Hemel are good ones and I still have family that live there, I still visit often and have seen many changes. It is much more populated now, the town centre Marlowes is the place to be for shopping with the new indoor centre. There is much more to do now, especially for the younger generation, which is a good thing.  

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