Meet Potters Bar’s greatest residents from across the centuries

PUBLISHED: 16:24 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 23 February 2017

Locomotive designer Sir Nigel Gresley.

Locomotive designer Sir Nigel Gresley.


Visitors to an exhibition that opened in Potters Bar today can learn about its notable residents, from a 12th century turncoat nobleman to a great locomotive designer.

Hertsmere Borough Council’s exhibition in the Wyllyotts Centre in Darkes Lane tells the stories of 14 people who lived in and around the town.

The exhibition starts with Geoffrey de Mandeville, created the first Earl of Essex by King Stephen, and finishes with jazz musicians Kenny Ball and John Bennett.

In between, visitors learn about the lives of romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland, who lived near Essendon, and Sir Nigel Gresley, designer of famous locomotives such as Flying Scotsman and Mallard.

The free exhibition, open until mid-August, also contains historical items found in the area, for instance at the remains of an ancient castle near South Mimms.

The exhibition will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, and Saturdays between 11am and 1pm.

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