Photo of Hemel Hempstead, The Pavilion c.1965

Hemel Hempstead, The Pavilion c.1965

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Memories of Hemel Hempstead

The Equals

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Hemel Hempstead

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 ...Read full memory

Those Gigs In The 70s

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 ...Read full memory

Earliest Workplaces

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Hemel Hempstead

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The foundation stone of the new Odeon Cinema was laid in 1959 by the actress Lauren Bacall. When the work was completed, the opening ceremony was carried out by the British character actor Leslie Phillips. The Pavilion (centre) offered 'Dancing every Saturday', and local teenagers were entertained by popular music groups such as The Kinks and their lead singer, Ray Davies. In the last few years, the cost of running the Pavilion has been prohibitive, and this once-proud venue has now been demolished.