Two words that sum up the next 100 years for the Nation could be 'communication' and 'growth'... But for the Trust, it was a Dark Age. Apart from the records of the land being transferred from generation to generation, few records remain concerning the Estate of Box Moor. However, the principle of the Trust remained intact for formal ratification in the next century.
The world passed by Hemel Hempstead and through Boxmoor with increasing speed during the 18th century as, firstly, the turnpike was introduced, which carried travellers who covered the distance between Tring and London by coach in 3 hours and, secondly, the canal was built. The latter in turn led to the increase in industrial activity in the area, particularly paper milling and eventually, even small iron foundries.
By 1794, the number of eligible feoffees looking after the Box Moor Estate had dropped to 40 and as Trustees of land along the proposed route of the Grand Union Canal, they eventually agreed to sell 25 acres of the estate for £900.
This was invested in the purchase of Boxmoor Wharf which has provided a significant source of income for the Trust over succeeding years.
This led to a new era for the Trust...