In 1932 East & Sons of Gossoms End won a contract to make 202 lock gates for the Grand Union Canal. The timber yard finally closed in the early 1990s, and the Stag Lane area was developed as a light industrial estate.
Berkhamsted all spats and no socks!
“A correspondent says that he spent his early years in Tring and always called Bulbourne ‘Boobun’; he also called Wilstone ‘Wilstun’ and Startops End ‘Starrups End’, two pronunciations which still survive. He goes on to say that many Tring people thought that Berkhamsted was a swanky sort of town – ‘all spats and no socks’!” (Beorcham, Berkhamsted Review, Aug 1978).
Previously, Billet Lane (called Gossoms End Lane, c.1612) was the start of the ancient road to Dunstable.