Thanks Craig, do you have any dates? Since posting my original message I have obtained some more information. Arthur Parkins my great-grandfather was born about 1855 and died on 20.12.1933. He married a Lucy Snow. He was Parish Clerk in St Albans as was his father George. I don't have a birthdate for George yet but I know that he is mentioned in trade directories to 1885.
I haven't come across any of your relations yet, but Parkins does seem to be a fairly common name in the area.