West Watford History Group

History of West Watford

Little Snippets

Here you will find little snippets of information relating to West Watford derived from various sources (given in italics).

 

Cottage Hospital 

Superintendent Wood of the Watford Police announced that £85 had been raised by the Police concert and offered a horse-drawn ambulance to be offered to the Watford and District Hospital as a Coronation gift from the Watford Division of the Hertfordshire Constabulary, to be paid for out of the Poor Box Fund. 

(Watford Observer 17th January 1911) 

 

Discreditable Conduct

That is to say, whilst on duty at the Grid Electricity Station at Hollywell (sic) Farm, Watford, during the night of 1st/2nd April 1940, did write and exhibit indecent and obscene writings at the said Electricity Station.

Found guilty and dismissed the Force.

(G.O. No. 64, 1940) 

 

Discreditable Conduct 

War Reserve Constable 129 Floyd -

That is to say on 6th August 1940, was found asleep whilst on duty at the Grid Electricity Station, Hollywell Farm, Watford at 0315 hours.

Found guilty and required to resign as an alternative to dismissal.

War Reserve Constable 28 John Edward Rogers -

That is to say on 25th July 1940, was found by Police Sergeant 36 Newnham to be sitting in a chair in the roadway adjoining Hollywell Farm Power Station, Watford, reading a newspaper and smoking a pipe at 1555 hours, whereas he should have been patrolling the Power Station in accordance with orders.

Found guilty and required to resign as an alternative to dismissal.  

And yet, PC 285 Arthur Ronald Hendy was found asleep on duty at King Street Police Station at 0420 on 17th August 1940 and was only severely reprimanded!

150 Years Policing in Watford District and Hertforshire County - Nik Pringle and Jim Treversh 

 

Chemical Spillage

On the morning of 22nd October 1977, a report was received of a spillage of cyanide solution resulting in a concentration of cyanide fumes in the premises of Dawsquare Limited, Rembrandt House, Whippendell Road. It was necessary to evacuate the whole of the premises and those houses downwind of the scene. Members of the Fire Service, equipped with breathing apparatus entered the premises and dealt with the incident. Fortunately it was possible to complete the whole incident in little over an hour.  

150 Years Policing in Watford District and Hertforshire County - Nik Pringle and Jim Treversh

 

 Cottage Hospital

 Sir - I would like to draw the attention of all friends of the Watford District Hospital to the fact that our stock of jam is at an end and I would be most grateful for gifts of any kind or quantity. Previous gifts have always been very much appreciated by both patients and staff. 

May I look forward to the same generous response as in the past ?

All gifts will be acknowledged as usual each week in your paper.

Faithfully yours, E. O'Donnell, Matron 

Watford Observer - August 17th, 1912 

 

Harwoods Road

Happy "Harwood" as a new road courts admiration. Its mud in wet weather and its dust in dry are the best we have seen, always excepting of course, Yarmouth Road, where approaches to the editorial offices are frequently impassible.

The Watford Critic - vol 1, no 2 - 1902 

 

Sea views of Watford

An enterprising photographer, wishing to get a few views of the "seas of mud" which follow volcanic eruptions, and not having the necessary money to pay his passage to St Pierre, has succeeded in getting some very good imitations from Whippendell Road and its immediate neighbourhood. It is rumoured that the Council have bought the negatives for the purpose of illustrating a booklet they intend publishing entitled "An Ideal Suburban Retreat".

The Watford Critic - vol 1, no 4 - 1902 

 

 

150 Years Policing in Watford District and Hertforshire County - Nik Pringle and Jim Treversh