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NHS EXHIBITION

Posted by Watford on February 20, 2018 at 3:25 PM

70 Years of the NHS

Forthcoming exhibition celebrating 70 years of the NHS. Once again to be held at the Red Lion in Vicarage Road.

Saturday July 7th.

Details to follow.

Group Meeting

Posted by Watford on January 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM

First group meeting of 2018 to discuss the way forward in the coming year.

New members welcome. First meeting free. 

£2.50 towards hire of room.  Tea/coffee/biscuits £1

At West Watford Community Centre, 15 Harwoods Road, West Watford, WD18 7RB

Public Meeting

Posted by Watford on October 3, 2017 at 4:10 AM

Public Meeting of the West Watford History Group on 12th October, 7.30 to 9.00 pm at West Watford Community Centre, 15 Harwoods Road, West Watford. 

If you attended the recent Heritage Day event at the Red Lion and would like to give us some feedback or contribute to the way forward in getting protection for the Workhouse building and bricks, then please come along.  Or if you would just like to know more about the group, then join us for the evening.  All welcome....

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HERITAGE DAY EVENT

Posted by Watford on September 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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A History of Cycling

Posted by Watford on September 15, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Interested parties gathered at the West Watford Community Centre on Thursday 8th September for a talk by Peter Stray on the History of Cycling.


Peter brought along a lovely old racing bicyle and displayed it in all its shining glory on a stand in the corner - everyone had a chance at the end of the talk to check it over. There was a cigarette card book of very old models through to up-to-date ones, two or three guides to cycling and the maintenance of bicycles ...

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Forthcoming Exhibition

Posted by Watford on September 15, 2016 at 3:45 PM


Roger Kattenhorn is a member of the West Watford History Group. Check back for dates. 

We Need Your Help

Posted by Watford on June 16, 2016 at 5:45 AM

West Watford Shops 


We are currently undertaking a new project mapping the "lost shops and small businesses" of West Watford. Do you know of any shops that once stood on a corner of a road but have since gone? Or changed usage? Like the fish and chip shop that was once on the corner of Pretoria Road and Chester Road. 


If you remember these places, we'd love to hear from you. You can contact us via our email address:


[email protected]

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Public Meeting

Posted by Watford on May 27, 2016 at 7:25 AM

History of Market Street

Posted by Watford on January 4, 2016 at 1:15 PM

"The History of Market Street".  A presentation by Janet Goulding.

To be held at the West Watford Community Centre, 15 Harwoods Road, West Watford on

Thursday 14th January at 7.15 pm. 

All welcome.  Admission £2.50

WW1 Project

Posted by Watford on July 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

The West Watford History Group is currently working on a very exciting project to research all WW1 combatants with a West Watford connection. With the help of  'Ancestry' and 'Find My Past' websites, you will be able to find out what the people living in your house in West Watford did in the war. 


For example, in 1914, Frank Bonham Ryder was a dairyman at 15 Harwoods Road (now West Watford Community Centre). Married to Dorothy in 1911, Frank attested in 1915, which...

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