My photos of South Oxhey

My favourite spots

By Sue Green

Oxhey chapel
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Sir James Altham memorial in oxhey chapel
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oxhey chapel (side view)
large tree to rear of Oxhey chapel
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Oxhey place circa 1910

These photos were taken by me for our digital photography course(run by West Herts college ) at Oxhey library. They represent some of my favourite spots in South Oxhey.

This page was added on 07/05/2010.

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  • This is Oxhey Chapel but I knew this was a kid as All Saints church or am I wrong?
    And I am wrong. The chapel has always been there, All Saints was built next door in around 1953, my memory is not what it used to be.

    By Russell Edwards (22/01/2023)
  • This is Oxhey Chapel but I knew this was a kid as All Saints church or am I wrong?

    By Russell Edwards (22/01/2023)
  • Me and my three brothers lived in Trevose Way and we all went to Hampden .Watched firemen putting the fire out at the big house by the old Blackwell Church.

    By nigel spearman (02/08/2017)
  • I remember you and all the others, had some good times.

    By Colin butt (10/09/2016)
  • I remember the big Blackwells house being a health centre. As a young girl I always found it a nice place to take myself, when under 10 years old. I remember burning myself on an iron. The iron fell on my leg. I jumped off of our kitchen table. I should not have been on the big table, so didn’t tell my mum. Mum had been ironing; popped out to the garden. Took myself off to school but nipped into health clinic on way.

    By Maureen Mellish (10/09/2016)
  • Just found this site and brought back so many memories.

    I remember a Colin Butt who sat next to another boy called Hugh ?, other names include Barbara Robshaw, Penny Eckland. Gill Hyde and Linda Walters. Dougie Sutherland and Peter Zimmerman. So many memories. Would be good to catch up 

    By Patricia Brown nee Still (17/08/2016)
  • Sorry left school in 1960 not 1968, got married in 1968 

    grey matter needs a service !   


    By Colin Butt (21/10/2015)
  • Just found this site,so many great memories, I moved to Oxhey 1948 as others have commented no roads shops or schools but lots of fun. I will have to sort out photos. I remember you Jacquelyn Westwood and Jerry. I still see Tony Peddle about once a month.

    I went to Hampden school I left in 1968. If any body remembers me I would love to from them My name is Colin Butt, my sisters name Judy.

    By Colin Butt (20/10/2015)
  • In the 1980s I met in Brighton an elderly man named John Blackwell. His family ( who owned Crosse & Blackwell) owned Oxhey Place , and he was born and brought up there. His family moved out before the war , and a few years later the land was sold to London County Council , who planned an overspill estate there as early as 1944 , from what he could remember. In the early days of the estate the Big House ( as we all called it) was used as a health centre. I have terrible memories of going there as a 4 or 5- year old and having my hair combed looking for nits , the comb dipped in Dettol and suffering various other indignities at the hands of Nurse in her starched apron and head  dress. To this day the smell of Dettol makes me feel uncomfortable.

    By James Gardiner (22/10/2014)
  • I worked with Stan Lucy many years ago with B.T. Also with his wife Betty previously in a small factory in Watford. Good people. Last I knew they lived over in Carpenders Park.

    By Jim Mason (25/08/2014)
  • Maureen, after the Absaloms/Kebbles sold the Grange, the clock tower and stables were part demolished and turned into dwellings. The clock tower came down and the clock – which came from Cassiobury, was sold. I think the Grange and lodge are listed but not at a very high grade. There was also another lodge like a white roughcast cottage – I think it was called Back lodge – its also there. All of the old stables were converted into houses.

    By Neil Hamilton (06/07/2012)
  • I would like to add, my niece Adrienne was christened in the old chapel in 1971 I was one of her godparents, her mum & dad were Jerry & Wendy Westwood.

    By Jacquelyn Westwood (23/06/2012)
  • I lived in Muirfield Road & went to Oxhey Wood and Clarendon schools untill 1962. I remember the old chapel & the ‘big’ house, the house was destroyed by fire, I think in the 50’s. I moved away in 1965 when I got married ,but my parents lived there untill the 80’s. Happy times.

    By Jacquelyn Westwood (02/06/2012)
  • As a small girl, in 1951, I lived with my parents, at Clock Tower Cottage, within the Oxhey Grange Est., owned by the Absolam family. My father (Harry Pyke) was the chauffeur. Clock Tower Cottage had a clock with mechanical parts, which chimed on the hour and people came to see it. Behind the Cottage were steps with 2 stone lions. I believe Oxhey Grange, and the Lodge (where Mr.Harris the gardener lived at the time) are Listed Buildings. Can anyone tell me if Clock Tower Cottage (or the Clock Tower at least) still exists and would I be able to see it?

    By Maureen Tigwell (23/05/2012)
  • I can remember when evacuee’s were provided with accommodation in Blackwell’s House Oxhey Place during WWII. I knew Stan Lucy who was there. His Family moved into a house in Fairfield Avenue when they commenced the build of South Oxhey Estate. He may still live in the area and may read and confirm his stay their.

    By Arthur Hall (15/03/2012)
  • I suppose I must have come across Mo Mills in the 1957-59 period when, as a young steward appointed by Rev. Basil Whitworth, along with Ian Shave, I also rang the chapel bell for the start of the Junior Service at 10.30 sharp! I recommend that Martin Doyle purchases a copy of the forthcoming book (April 2012) by David Reidy, “Poor but Proud”, a History of South Oxhey, which contains several maps relating to the Estate, including the 1912-52 Golf Course.

    By John Swain (08/03/2012)
  • Where was Oxhey Place house / does anyone have a map of the golf course ?

    By MARTIN DOYLE (22/06/2011)
  • Does anyone have a photograph of Hampden School aka Sir James Altham School? Need it for the book I am writing. Thanks. Iris

    By Iris Jones-Simantel (20/06/2011)
  • I used to ring the bell in the Chapel on a Sunday morning, calling people to church. This was in the mid 50’s.

    By Mo Mills (27/03/2011)
  • Great to see Oxhey Place, I sure I remember it when I was very young.

    By Terry Trainor (04/01/2011)
  • Thanks for the photo of Oxhey Manor which was still standing when I first moved to South Oxhey in 1948. I was married in Oxhey Chapel in 1954. I am now looking for a photo of the three (?) horse sculpture that adorned the front of Hampden School when I went to school there (before the name was changed to Sir James Altham). I am writing a book about life in South Oxhey and need all the photos I can get from those days. I will be posting those that I already have.

    By Iris Jones Simantel (03/01/2011)
  • Thank you John Akam…….your publication is outstanding and I will be in contact….work at Honeywell Feltham stifles me and wish for solace.

    By Les (13/12/2010)
  • The large tree to the FRONT of Oxhey chapel was between Blackwell’s main house drive and the chapel.

    By John Akam (13/11/2010)
  • Oxhey Chapel is beautiful, I must visit it!

    By Beverley Small (07/05/2010)