Woodside and Garston in WW2

Myparents came o Watford after the war as my Dad had a job at the Palace Theatre.i wasborn in Watford , we moved to Woodside when I was 3 in 1950.I have vague recollections of a large house in what is now called Wodeside playing fields.Does anyone have any information relating to the history of this house? I am also interested in what was called Garston Manor in High Elms Lane when I was a boy – it is now High Elms Manor.Does anyone know what it was use for in WW2?

This page was added on 26/01/2021.

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  • I now know that ‘Garston Manor’ was used by the military (possibly RAF) for specialist training during WW2 , this could explain why there were pillboxes around the area ,presumably as a defence strategy ? I also understand that an RAF plane crashed near the Manor and all on board were killed.( not to be confused with the plane that crashed near Bricket Wood) .
    I also understand that prior to the war the Manor used to be owned by the Benskins brewing family.

    By Roger Batten (26/01/2021)

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