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West Watford History Group

History of West Watford and environs


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:


or through the website's contact page. Just leave a message with a few details and we'll get back to you.

Thanks for your help and we look forward to hearing from you. 

Nationally Listed Buildings in Watford

Posted by Watford on February 28, 2014 at 6:30 AM

The Council has produced a document on all the Nationally Listed Buildings in Watford.

This document includes the original building descriptions, from when properties were listed, as well as additional information on the constraints relating to listed building status. Paper copies of the full documents can be viewed at the Town Hall and at both the Central and North Watford Libraries. The documents can also be downloaded for free as a PDF.


A four week consultation runs until Friday 21st March. Comments and suggestions are invited on the draft document, and these will be used to inform the final version.


Further information on this process can be obtained by phoning the Planning Policy team on 01923 278263 or by e-mailing Justin.webber@watford.gov.uk

Possible loss of allotments

Posted by Watford on June 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Contrary to previous undertakings and development plans for the hospital campus, it appears that both the two short-listed developers may now need some or all of the allotment land behind the stadium/hospital.

This need is apparently linked to the economic climate although the link is not clear or explained.

The cabinet are deciding on the short-listed developers at their meeting at 7pm on Monday 18th at the Town Hall.

All Farm Terrace plot holders and WOGAS have had a letter from the Mayor informing them of the possible loss of land but unfortunately these came too late for concerned people to organise a petition to be allowed to speak at the upcoming meeting.

While outline planning permission has already been given, it did not include loss of allotment land. It is assumed a fresh application would have to be made if allotment land is needed and this process will hopefully take time.

This e mail is to alert you to this development and to ask if you can, to turn up to the committee meeting on 18th even if we cannot speak to present a show of numbers.

From both an environmental and historical point of view, any further loss of land on the site should be resisted.