West Watford History Group

History of West Watford

Church of st james, elfrida street

Lammas Road/Elfrida Street

St James’ Church. This was consecrated in 1913, when a new parish was created. It was originally designed by Arthur Durrant and the 1928 chancel was designed by Martin Travers and Thomas Grant. Regular services ended in 1971 and the building was declared redundant. It was later converted into a sports hall for Watford Fields School and is also used by other local groups as a meeting place and plays host to a Judo Club twice a week.

(However, unless I am very much mistaken, this building does not show up on any Ordnance Survey maps, until 1937. All previous editions show the area occupied by the church as an empty plot of land - Daryl Morrissey, contributor).

War Memorial. This commemorates the names of local men from the former St James Parish who died fighting during the Great War. It was unveiled in 1921 and is built of Portland stone with a large cross on a stepped plinth. Four panels list the names of those who died. 


 Photograph courtesy of Daryl Morrissey

Information: Edith's Streets, London Local History

Daryl Morrissey