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Cuffley & Goffs Oak

Author: Patricia Mary Klijn and Michael Clark


£25.00 (plus £5.00 P&P or P&P FREE if collected from Tewin Orchard

Hardcover: 296 pages. Full colour throughout.

Publisher: Tewin Orchard (December 2013)

ISBN-13: 978-0-9549508-4-2

Dimensions: A4 (215mm x 304mm)

Chapters include the railway history, village memories from both communities, the nursery industry, sport, superb pictures of local wildlife, a special feature on Victoria Beckham's Goffs Oak childhood and her successes since. Accounts of families including the Lines, Cables, Wombwells, and Johnsons. Local authors, musicians and writers are covered thoroughly, plus the Scout and Guide movements, schools and churches. The personal memories of life in the two world wars are particularly moving and further material on the 'Cuffley Zeppelin' which is new and original information and is additional to that given in The Cuffley Story (2005). An extensive picture gallery, with further anecdotes from local people and a history of Northaw completes the very substantial, colourful book.

Cuffley & Goffs Oak is a remarkable and beautifully illustrated account of life in these two south Hertfordshire communities. The beautifully designed book also includes pictures and references from neighbouring Northaw and Newgate Street. Following the success of its companion volume, The Cuffley Story, readers contacted the authors with numerous articles and pictures in the hopes that these could also be recorded for future generations to enjoy. There was not enough space in the first book to make detailed references to the Goffs Oak families which shared the same railway station and many of the local facilities, but this has been rectified in the new volume.

The links between Cuffley and Goffs Oak became even closer when the station was built on their boundary in 1910. As Goffs Oak developed its nursery enterprises, Cuffley’s farming background was replaced with commuter developments made possible by the railway, yet the village retained much of its rural character in the fields and woodlands of the Green Belt. Through the help of Jackie Adams, the authors have been able to feature one of the most famous families in the world, the Beckhams. Jackie’s daughter, Victoria, grew up in Goffs Oak, where her parents still live. After a career in music and dance with Spice Girls, Victoria is now equally successful in the international fashion world.

Chapters include the Memories of a Goffs Oak Family through the fascinating account and pictures of Dr John Lines; the History of the Railway; Goffs Oak and the Nurseries; Sport; Wildlife; the Cable and Wombwell Families; Books, Musicians and Artists linked to the district; the World Wars in Cuffley and Goffs Oak, with special reference to the day the first enemy airship was shot down in 1916 during an attack on London, which brought world attention to bear on the small community that lived in Cuffley at the time; Schools and Churches; Outdoor pursuits centred on Cuffley Camp; Tolmers Scout Camp and the lives of local Scouts and Guides. There is an extensive picture gallery chapter, a chronology of the work of the authors as further references to local history themes, notes on the history of Northaw and an index.

Cuffley & Goffs Oak is available from Wacketts, 40 Station Road, Cuffley or this website.

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