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Ordinary history is made up of many things and often in years the come the ordinary items that nobody ever thought to include are interesting to future generations.  I think the short life of SMAC is history itself in the successful running a pressure group.


SMAC - Shephall Manor Action Campaign

When it became obvious in about 1988 that Shephall Manor was likely to be closed down by I.L.E.A. ( Inner London Education Authority ) I became worried about what would eventually happen to the building and held a series of meetings that attracted a large number of like minded individuals who eventually formed into a committee that worked for the future preservation of the building and surrounding park.  Although it was a large committee it also contained some very talented and hard working individuals who set about the task with much gusto and I am proud to have been associated with them.  We met on a monthly basis at the school with the full blessing and help of Roy Alcock ( the Headmaster ) and generated a lot of publicity, money and information about the school.  It was an early stroke of luck that T Roger Smith, whom not much had been known about, turned out to be a very influential Victorian architect and Shephalbury in 1864 turned out to be virtually his first building. 

We also had the full support of Mary Spicer who had done so much to promote Shephall Village and in many ways was custodian of the village history, her book "Tyme out of Mind" reads as well to me as classics of English  such as "Akenfield" and "Lark Rise to Candleford".  Others that gave their time graciously were John Hepworth who was fighting a campaign on the other side of the town for Foster Country and also Elizabeth St. Hill Davies at Stevenage Museum.

I include this list in no particular order 1988 to 1991


Jan Chapman, 46 Park View, Stevenage, SG2 8PS

Magaret Latham, 17 Wood Drive, Stevenage, SG2 8NX

June Lloyd, 56 Ox Lane, Harpenden, ALS 4PJ

Phyllis Batley, 30 Shephall Lane, Stevenage, SG2 8DH (TREASURER)

Liz Shaw, 6 Shephall Lane, Stevenage, SG2 8DH 

Julian de Villez, 6 Shephall Lane, Stevenage,SG2 8DH

Dot Mackenzie, 14 Woodland Way, Stevenage, SG2 8BT

Betty Goodwin, 47 The Willows, Stevenage, SG2 8AW

Peter Harris + Heather Harris, 7 Shephall Green. Stevenage. SG2 9XR

Robbie Roberts, 78 Archer Road, Stevenage, SG1 5HA

Gillian + David Parris. 25 Rookwood Drive, Stevenage. SG2 8PH

Marion Clarke, 45 Fellows Way, Stevenage, SG2 8BS

Linda Bevens, 43 Fellows Way, Stevenage, SG2 8BS

David Watts, 24 Woodland Way,Stevenage,SG2 8BT

Richard Holton, 16 Four Acres,Stevenage,SG1 3PJ             (CHAIR)

Roy Alcock, Shephall Manor School, Lodge Way,Stevenage,SG2 8DB                 (MINUTES)

Peter Menich, 7 Skipton Close, Stevenage. SG2 8TN

Wendy Austin, 45 Woodland Way, Stevenage. SG2 8BU

Margaret Foster. 3 Fir Close, Stevenage. SG2 8DA            (VICE CHAIR)

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Mary Spicer, 250 Torquay Crescent, Stevenage, SG1 2RW

Pat Ackhurst, 15 Rookwood Drive, Stevenage. SG2 8PJ

John Hepworth, Dominic Cottage, Rectory Lane, Stevenage. SG1 4DA

Elizabeth St. Hill Davies, Stevenage Museum, Stevenage. SG1 1XX

Since this work sadly both Phyllis and Robbie have died and I would dedicate the Grade II listing of Shephalbury Manor to them and their work for future generations.

Richard Holton

1st July 2002

Much more to be added to this page when time permits

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Good and frequent publicity was the oxygen of SMAC

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Manor Rich in History July 1989

Campaigners Fight Plans for Manor - Sept 1988 - Herald

Please mind our Manor!- Jan 1989 - Herald part 1

Please mind our Manor!- Jan 1989 - Herald part2

Success in fight to save Manor - Jan 1989 - Herald

Lesson in history helps school battle Jan 1989 NHG

4,000 sign school petition - Jan 1989 - Comet

All our yesterdays - Mar 1989 - Comet

Battle plan laid to save manor - Mar 1989 - Comet

New Towns Commision sale of Shephall Manor 1991 p1

New Towns Commision sale of Shephall Manor 1991 p2

New Towns Commision sale of Shephall Manor 1991 p3

New Towns Commision sale of Shephall Manor 1991 picture

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