Drowning in mud
By Llinos Thomas
Handside Lane, soon after the first houses had been completed in the 1920s. It was one of only a handful of roads that pre-date WGC. It linked Hunters Lane (now Bridge Road) with Tinkers Lane (now Lemsford Lane).
The road linked the two Handside farms, run by the Horn family, who also farmed at Brickwall on the old North Road
The lane was the first area to be developed and stories abound of the problem of mud while the town developed. A joke quoted in Roger Filler’s history of Welwyn Garden City “I was walking down Handside Lane, this morning when I came across a bowler hat lying in the road, when I bent down to pick it up there was a man’s head underneath”
The image however shows the road as being neat, clean and welcoming.