Near the Trust office there is a fine example of a Hertfordshire Puddingstone, not to be mistaken for a piece of concrete, can only be found in Hertfordshire. It looks like lots of stones stuck together, loosely resembling a fruit pudding, hence its name.
We understand from John Ely (the first Highfield Park director) that the Puddingstone was once located within Cell Barnes Hospital grounds, around the Church Croft area. Its location may even be shown on one of the old hospital layout plans in our archive – if we find this the updated info will be posted on this page.
It seems likely that the puddingstone was found during the hospital’s construction. Highfield Park Trust relocated it (along with its label) into the park with the agreement of the hospital manager so that that it would be preserved as a feature.
The road names in the new housing developments were decided by the local authority – many roads were named after former hospital wards or past doctors.
However we believe John Ely may have mentioned the Puddingstone during the street naming exercise, so we think he deserves the credit for suggesting the name of Puddingstone Drive.
Some links for further reading (Please note these links take you away from this website).
Wikipedia page with more info on Hertfordshire puddingstone
Information about another piece of Hertfordshire Puddingstone in St. Michael’s outside Kingsbury Mill.
If you are interested in Geology or local history we have attached some pdf scans of some documents that you might like to have a look at.