Most people in West Watford, or Watford generally, will have heard of Farraline Road. This was originally part of Wiggenhall Road until 1898 after which it was named after Farraline House. In the 1881 census it is described as "Farraline House, Watford Field" and in the 1882 directory as "Farraline, Colney Butts" but never as Farraline House, Farraline Road (although properties are listed as being in Farraline Road from 1900). Its position is best illustrated on the map below. It stood in the triangle between Vicarage Road, Farraline Road and Wiggenhall Road, where the current "roundabout" is, Vicarage Road at that time being terraced houses.
The 1881 census shows only one person resident on the night, 77 year old Letitia Gardner, described as 'domestic servant in charge of the house'. The 1882 directory lists it under a 'Miss Smith'. In 1890 and 1895 the house is listed as Farraline, Vicarage Road, then in 1899, 1902 and 1908 as Farraline, Wiggenhall Road, in 1914 and 1917 as Farraline, Vicarage Road and in 1922 as Farraline, Wiggenhall Road again. Later entries may show different postal addresses.
Farraline House was demolished in 1960.
The majority of family details are taken from the website of James Owen - http://owen.cholerton.org/home_02.php - and where also other mentions of the family in Watford can be found. We are indebted to the family for our use of the information.
Hertfordshire Genealogy website: http://www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk/data/answers/answers-2005/ans5-028-farraline.htm
Street and Place Names in Watford - Alan W Ball
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