Memories of Watford

I was born in Hempstead Road in a house, Mum did not make it in time to King Street. We lived in a lovely big house, with a tennis court, orchard, chickens. The attic was so big, a child’s dream. The house was right opposite the entrance of Cassiobury Park. I lived there with my two sisters until I was 10yrs old. The house was pulled down to build the underpass on front of Peace Memorial Hospital, devastated. Moved to Shepherds Rd. Spent most of 50s and 60s in Cassiobury Park. Paddling in the concrete pool and fishing for tiddlers down near the wooden bridge. What great, happy days. The Cassiobury gates should have been left alone, no need to have pulled it down. That was a big landmark in Watford. The pond at the top of high street had black railings all around, looked great. Where has it all gone. I went to a Convent school in Kitters Green Abbots Langley when i was 4yrs old, loved my teacher, still remember her name. I then attended Holy Rood School in Market Street and Holy Rood Church which i am pleased has not changed at all. I then went to Victoria School for Girls. I lived in a three storey town house in St Albans Road, corner of St John’s Road. Never liked the house, cold and dark, especially the cellar. It was pulled down as well. Mum used to give us 2/6d at weekends. We would go to the old Woolworths at bottom of high street and buy a toy. Remember the hot nuts as you walked in and goods hanging from the ceiling. Going to see Father Christmas in Clements, boarding a boat, the floor moving, all made of wood, do not get that today. So glad I lived in Watford in the 50s, wonderful memories, truly. Barbara Skrzypek.

This page was added on 19/01/2016.

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  • I’m looking to find any information on behalf of my mother, Jenny Sturgess who lived in Garston, went to Francis Coombe school and was the cousin of the Tickner family.
    Her parents were Michael (Mick) and Yvonne Sturgess (nee Perry) and they lived on Harris Road in Garston at the time of her birth in 1966 until shortly after her dad’s death in 1973.

    Michael worked for Shell Mex and BP based in Hemel and died in January 1973 driving his petrol tanker for Shell in Ealing we believe.

    Michael lived in Devon Road Watford and there may be links to Derby Road.

    Yvonne had family that lived on Gladstone Road, again, surname Perry (Albert and Dorothy; Albert may have worked for Benskins Brewery). Yvonne then moved to Poole, Dorset and died there also.

    Any information, memories or even just recognising the names would be so good to hear. Please contact me at

    Thank you all. X

    By Lisa Smith (02/01/2018)
  • Please click link below and let me know if you recognise any of the names I’ve mentioned on another message board/comment section.
    Looking for anyone who can remember family members!!

    Thank you,


    By Lisa Smith (24/09/2017)
  • I was the first scholar at the convent school in Abbots Langley. My parents had a shop and also a market stall in Watford selling second hand clothing and the Convent was a supplier to them of clothing. I was a late child and my parents begged the convent to look after me during the working day from when I was around 2 years old (1950). This became the start of the Abbots Langley Convent School.

    By Barry Baetu (03/05/2017)
  • Lots of good memories of childhood and early adolescence living in Watford. Attended Knutsford County Primary, just off Balmoral Road, North Watford (1953-58) and then off to Rickmansworth Grammar School (1958-63). No days of “stranger dange”, walked to primary school with other cildren from the same road and then later had to walk to St.Albans Road or Bushey Mill Lane to catch the bus to secondary school or cycle the 5-6 miles to Croxley.
    Remember well the bakers opposite Ricky Grammar that used to sell “yesterdays” cakes for a penny each which we would buy to eat on the bus home. Strict unifrom code including cap and change of shoes to wear inside school. Spoilt for choice with sporting activities including rugby, cross country running, basketball, swimming, sailing, tennis and cricket – no soccer in those days !!

    By Christopher Robinson (03/02/2016)

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