Hatfield Hyde, Flint Cottage

Mr and Mrs Cooper

By Susi Smith

Mr and Mrs Cooper outside Flint Cottage
Welwyn Garden City Library
Mr and Mrs Cooper
Welwyn Garden City Library
Mr and Mrs Cooper in their sunday best
Welwyn Garden City Library

Flint cottage is thought to have been built in the mid 19th century as a farm worker’s cottage, which was attached to the Peartree Farm estate. It would appear to have been sited close to where the Woodhall shops are now.

Lenny and Sarah Cooper lived in Flint Cottage for many years, and can be seen on the photographs looking very proud in their Sunday best. In the first photograph Sarah is busy tatting or crocheting, her white ball of cotton thread on the dusty floor!

In 1938 the cottage was demolished to make way for the new phase of redevelopment around the Woodhall area.

Mr and Mrs Cooper were well known characters in Hatfield Hyde. Has anyone any memories that they can share?

This page was added on 09/05/2009.

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  • My great, great grandparents were Arthur and Sarah Cooper who lived at Flint Cottage. I have a photograph in my possession, given to me by my Great Aunt Marjorie Cooper. The picture shows my grandfather Ernest Blackwell (Marjorie’s future brother-in-law) with his Grandparents-in-law, Arthur and Sarah Cooper outside Flint Cottage. We believe the photograph was taken around 1937 a year or so before he married my maternal grandmother, Willa Cooper.
    Willa was the granddaughter of Arthur and Sarah Cooper and the daughter of Arthur and Emily Cooper and the sister of Marjorie, who lived at Sandpit Cottages. I also have a photograph of my grandmother and her brother and sisters outside their home at Sandpit Cottages, taken in about 1925. I believe Flint Cottage stood on the corner junction of where Barnfield Road and Woodhall Lane are today. Two trees still stand here that were at the bottom of the garden of Flint Cottage.

    By Kerry Cole nee Maisey (23/05/2017)