Nostalgic memories of Watford's local history

Share your own memories of Watford and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

This week's Places

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This has bugged me ( in my memory for years ) of a male tap dancer who i often passed tap dancing to music, ( black music box was always on the ground, people threw the odd pennies, sixpences, shillings down, ) in the High Street of Watford around the 1970's...I remember passing him by and thinking this (...Read full memory)

We moved to Watford in 1943. My war time memories are of night after night in the shelters, the "doodle bugs" and the boys playing Germans and soldiers on the bomb site next door. My special memories are of Cassiobury Park where we used to watch the barges on the Grand Union Canal, in 1947 tobogganing down the "Pudding Bowl" on (...Read full memory)

My name is Richard Chivers and I was born in 1961 at Sycamore Close off Park Avenue Bushey, my first school was Highwood junior my teacher was Mrs Brickhill, funny how you can remember someone's name over 50 years ago. My mates I used to play with where my neighbour Andy Mills, last known to be living in New Zealand, (...Read full memory)

Apologies in advance this is not a Watford specific question but if anyone had any information on the building that is currently Falconer School in Bushey, I would love to know. I am aware it was previously the junior Masonic School, the secondary being based on The Avenue, but have heard rumours of it being a hospital, possibly for TB patients? Just curious to hear more if possible!

I was born in Vicarage road 1943. There was a butcher named Jim Bound there. In later years the shop dealt in Montesa motorcycles. I knew Mr Bound and his three daughters. Barbara, Julia and Patricia. A late addition was baby James (Jamie). I believe Barbara married Alex Loose and Julia married Roy Phillips but would like to (...Read full memory)

Lived in Watford 1948 to 1953 on Westfield Ave I remember going to a film I seem to think a Mario Lanza one with my sister & lots of other children then all crossing the road to a party at a pub opposite. I have pictures of us all crossing the road including one of my Dad holding up the traffic & two pictures of us enjoying the party sat at long tables

Used to go to The Trade, Top Rank, Clockhouse, New Penny & Pickwick club in the 60's and early 70's before I left blighty to go to NZ and Oz. Wound up in Perth, Western Australia and am still there. Knocked about with a guy called Barry Machin who was better known as Harry Munchkins before he took off to Torquay. (...Read full memory)

My father Basil Leader was manager of the Co-op Funeral service which used to be the site of the Angel Inn and we lived in a maisonette above the premises. At the back were two branches of the river Colne - a fast flowing millstream where I used to catch crayfish and see kingfishers and a slower branch (...Read full memory)

I have fond memories of this part of the town - I worked in Cawdells as a Saturday girl on the switchboard - great fun when you're 15! My mum bought all our bedlinen and other useful items in their January sales. My teens were spent visiting friends in the area and going to the Top Rank in the evenings for a good dance to (...Read full memory)

Hi, I am desperately looking for old photographs of north Watford, particularly around 1975 onward, I looking for areas like Bruce Grove, St Albans Road or around these areas. Please could someone get in touch. Thank you.