West Watford History Group

History of West Watford and environs


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History of Market Street

Posted by Watford on January 4, 2016 at 1:15 PM

"The History of Market Street".  A presentation by Janet Goulding.

To be held at the West Watford Community Centre, 15 Harwoods Road, West Watford on

Thursday 14th January at 7.15 pm. 

All welcome.  Admission £2.50

WW1 Project

Posted by Watford on July 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

The West Watford History Group is currently working on a very exciting project to research all WW1 combatants with a West Watford connection. With the help of  'Ancestry' and 'Find My Past' websites, you will be able to find out what the people living in your house in West Watford did in the war. 

For example, in 1914, Frank Bonham Ryder was a dairyman at 15 Harwoods Road (now West Watford Community Centre). Married to Dorothy in 1911, Frank attested in 1915, which showed he was willing to serve, but would like to delay his service for business reasons. Like many, he was given a brief exemption by the local Tribunal, but by 1917 helping his dairy farmer father was not enough reason to delay joining up, so he became a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillary (RGA) aged 29.

The RGA was responsible for firing the heavy guns positioned behind allied lines and would have received similar shells from the enemy. Seriously wounded in the fighting, Frank's leg was amputated at the thigh in a Belgian hospital from where he was sent to a military hospital in Edmonton to recover. 

Discharged on 20th March 1919 as unfit for further service, but of good character, as a married man he was awarded an initial pension of 27/6d reducing to 16/6d for life and 7s per week for his two children for as long as they were eligible. 

Make a note in your diary for the Heritage Weekend, 13th/14th September and find out more. 

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