A Short History of Bernards Heath

St Saviour's Church

From St Saviour's, St Albans, 1902-1952

Almost as soon as the houses started going up on Bernards Heath an iron building, affectionately known as the "Tin Trunk' was erected in Culver Road, and at about the same time Jacob Reynolds became the Sandridge churchwarden with a responsibility for Sandridge New Town. This later became the mission church and when it became too small plans were drawn up to build what is now St Saviour's Church, on Sandpit Lane. A temporary iron structure was erected and the foundation stone was laid by Countess Spencer on 25th July, 1896. Work of the permanent structure progressed rapidly and the chancel end - linked to the iron nave - was consecrated five month later. Work on the nave continued and the final structure was consecrated in November 1902. It is appropriate that the chuancel was built using locally made bricks from Jacob Reynolds' brickyard.

The School Treat

... The Infants' Treat was held at The Pré the following Saturday afternoon , the little ones, through the kindness of Mr Reynolds, driving there and back. After tea the Prizes were given away on the lawn in the presence of a good number of mothers.

[Parish Magazine, September 1908]

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St Saviours, St Albans
Card published by E. S. Sheldrake, St Albans, undivided back, printed in Dresden before WW1.

In the 1901 census Ernest S. Sheldrake is listed as a 24 year old Straw Hat Machine Blocker living at 36 Culver Road. He is not listed in Kelly's Directory for Hertfordshire in 1902, 1908 or 1912.

A picture of the interior taken in 1906 by E Sheldrake
From The Story of the Church and Parish of St Saviour. St Albans
[Note that the Rood Screen has not yet been installed]

Rood Screen & High Altar ŕ
St Saviour's Church, St Albans, Easter 1910



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