West Watford History Group

History of West Watford and environs


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Heritage Weekend

Posted by Watford on July 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Art Competition

Posted by Watford on May 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Don't forget to submit your entry for this year's Watford Live! art postcard competition by 4pm, Saturday 24th May!

Make a postcard of your favourite place in Watford using any media or art techniques. Anyone of any age can enter, just make sure it is no bigger than 150mm x 150mm.

Entries can be submitted to Watford Museum, Thursday-Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Your work can be seen on Watford Lives! website, with winners displayed at the museum!


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

Pre Launch Notice

Posted by Watford on May 10, 2013 at 7:05 AM


Please check out the new website www.pastdayspublishing.com which explains the background and contents of a new book ECHOES OF OLD WATFORD, BUSHEY & OXHEY. The launch will take place at Watford Museum in mid-October.

It is based on the local history newspaper articles written by my father, Ted Parrish, for the "Evening Post-Echo" newspaper in the early 1980s and includes his recollections of life in the area through the decades. In addition there are footnotes, maps, a selection of readers' letters and more than 200 illustrations, a significant number of which will be appearing in print for the first time.

I will be updating the blog on the website on a regular basis, so please check it out again and again.

I'm happy to respond to any queries you may have about the book, which is a solo self-publishing effort.

Lesley Dunlop - lesleydunlop@gmail.com


Durban Road Scouts

Posted by Watford on February 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM

On 23rd February in honour of this commemorative day, we will be opening our doors and look forward to the opportunity to:



• introduce ourselves and hirers of our Scout Hut to our friends and neighbours and answer any questions they may have;

• show what we have achieved and what we hope to achieve;

• give information on hiring our Scout Hut and Chandlers Cross site, where there is a secluded woodland and a log cabin with facilities.


There will be a warm welcome for everyone with items of interest for young and old to browse, so please do drop in to meet us at the Scout Hut.


We are one of the oldest Scout Groups in existence and the first registered in Hertfordshire.

In 1931 we raised funds and purchased the Old Labour Church, built in 1901, that stands on the corner of Durban Road East and Pretoria Road in West Watford, where we are today.

Our work with local young people has continued uninterrupted since March1908.

Local residents, businesses and community associations have hired our premises over the years and we wish to continue to extend a warm welcome to everyone.

We will be offering light refreshments and running fundraising stalls to raise money in order to carry out external work on our Scout Hut, where a preschool is about to start and an after-school club has been meeting for some time.







If anyone has any questions to ask about the event or our Scout Group in general or has any items they would like to donate for raffle or tombola prizes, please contact Sue Ettridge ......


01923 213064 / 07941 561883 Email: 1watfordsouthscouts@gmail.com


Watford Glass Exhibition

Posted by Watford on February 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Watford Glass Company

Maurice Wimpory will be curating a small exhibition of Watford Glass at the Cambridge Glass Fair on Sunday February 13th 2013.

For more information : www.cambridgeglassfair.com

1st Watford South Scout Group

Posted by Watford on February 5, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Watford Glass Exhibition

Posted by Watford on December 13, 2012 at 8:10 AM
Watford Glass Company Exhibition

Maurice Wimpory will be curating a small exhibtion of Watford Glass at the Cambridge Glass Fair on Sunday February 13th 2013.

For more information: www.cambridgeglassfair.com

North Watford History Group events

Posted by Watford on August 21, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Dates for your diary - For those interested in local history, the following will be of interest:

North Watford Industrial Trail - Saturday 8th September 10.00 - 12.00

A guided walk along Sandown Road, looking at the industrial history of the area, which began in 1899 with Dr Tibbles's Vi-Cocoa Factory.

The main part of the walk will take approx 1.5 hours. There will also be an optional add-on for anyone interested in seeing the site of the 1944 Sandringham Road bombing.

Extra notes: No booking is required and there is no charge. The meeting place is approx 200 yards from the bus stops in St Albans Road near Windsor Road (buses 1, 8, 321 and others) and approx 300 yards from Watford North train station and from the nearby bus stops in Bushey Mill Lane (bus no. 1). The walk is not really suitable for children under 12 years of age. Also, we will be walking round an industrial estate which may not be completely wheelchair friendly.


Saturday 13th Oct 2012, 11 – 12:30, one of our regular meetings, in the Lounge at Leavesden Road Baptist Church, WD24 5ER (entry via the Garfield Street entrance).

A Mystery In The Fog

David Wallis reviews Watford's connections with the Harrow & Wealdstone railway disaster, which happened sixty years ago. Many people from the area travelled on this route and were affected by this incident. Members of the audience will be welcome to share their memories of the tragedy.

Extra notes: We ask for £2 per person towards expenses from those attending. No booking is required. Tea and coffee are available at the beginning of each meeting.

Terrace Farm Allotments Petition

Posted by Watford on July 13, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Terrace Farm Allotments Petition

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.

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. (See previous News item).

There is now an online petition which can be signed by following the link given below.

Here is the link to the 38 degrees petition


If you click on this you will go straight to the correct petition. Then click on VOTE.

To complete the vote you will get an email returned, click on the link.

Please vote and pass on the link to others who may not know about the proposed development and possible loss of allotment land. 

Thank you.