The Development Corporation was formed to create housing for the great many people who had been made homeless by bombing during WW 2. It was followed by the Commission for the New Towns. A number of estates were built and the last ones were Grovehill begun in 1967 and completed in 1980, and Woodhall Farm.
A Grovehill Square in Autumn
We should be glad that Piccotts End was excluded from this destructive rash of housing but Grovehill residents are grateful for the availability if high standard affordable housing.
A Grovehill Square in Early Autumn
A great deal of experience and planning went into the New Town of which Grovehill is a part. We know of many ideas that didn't quite work but we should not let these deter from all that made Hemel Hempstead a good place to live.
The planners didn't want to create towns where people went into London to work and returned each evening and so they brought in light industries such as Kodak, Courtaulds, shelving, electronics etc along Maylands Avenue. With changes in society the light industries gave way to huge warehouses and it was these that took the brunt of the Buncefield explosion early one Sunday morning when quite miraculously there was no loss of life.
We should also pay tribute to all the Mayors and councillors over many decades who gave both paid and unpaid time, thought and expertise to the making of the town and also those who still to this day engage with the many inherited problems and also contemporary problems.
Henry Wells, F.R.I.C.S., F.A.I., after whom the Square was named was a member of the Board and Vice-Chairman of Bracknell Development Corporation, and later appointed Chairman on 21st November 1950.