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"The Inkerman-Alexandra Road are was built solely because of the opening of the mid-land Railway station"

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"The Inkerman-Alexandra Road are was built solely because of the opening of the mid-land Railway station" The midland railway station opened in 1868 and ran directly through St.Albans. From the 1860's census we know that the Inkerman-Alexandra road had not yet been built, whereas in the 1880 OS map the Inkerman-Alexandra road had been established. Many people think that those roads had only been built on because of the fact that they were in close proximity to the railway but there were also a lot of job opportunities. Many people that lived on these streets worked in the various factories, also St. Albans had become a blooming straw hat industry which may have persuaded people to move their. We had to see if the houses had been built at the same time as the railway station to determine this we went on a site visit to that area. The site visit showed us that the houses even after justification, were built in the 1900's we could tell they were built then because they were made of bricks in the stretcher bond style and the houses were ...read more.


because it shows that the railway wouldn't have been employing a large number of people; meaning that the people that moved to Alexandra and Inkerman road must have other jobs waiting for them. Although some people think that the railway benefited many of the industries, which may have lead to people moving to those roads so that they could be employed this isn't necessarily true as the straw hat industry actually declined after the railway was built. One way in which the railway station contributed to the area being developed is that because of the railway more job opportunities were available. The railway helped farmers franchise their goods as they could send fresh food and crops to London regularly. Before they would have only been able to sell there food to the local area but the railway station allowed them to widen there prospects. So although the railway wasn't directly giving people a job it helped many people as St. Albans now became a very desirable place to live, this may be the reason why those two roads became a popular place to live. ...read more.


The prison was situated relatively near the two roads therefore this may indicate that employees of the prison would move to those roads to be in a closer proximity to their work place, thus stating that the railway was not the only reason the Inkerman- Alexandra roads were developed. In conclusion we can recognise many factors why the Inkerman-Alexandra roads have been built up. The city itself was becoming more popular as the general appeal of the city was attracting people from the surrounding towns and city's. the city had a very active local government not to mention the facilities (sewage works, hospitals). St. Albans also had a local authority that helped keep the peace ensuring that no riots were caused on the streets. However one cannot say that the railway didn't have some influence over the expansion of the two roads, it did. The railway, although indirectly in some cases, helped the growth of the industries around St. Albans; it also enables then to transport their products easier and quicker. It would be incorrect to say that the railway was the only factor that contributed in the expansion of the Alexandra-Inkerman roads, although it would have had a positive influence in the expansion. ...read more.

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