The Colne flows south westwards
Post to the north Watford North
Post to the south Watford
Wells Brewery site. This lay south of the road and fronted onto St. Albans
Road with the main site west of this square. In the 1930s a bowling green lay
by the junction of Brixton and Bradshaw Roads.
Paget Plate works. This lay south of the brewery site. Paget Plate was a
process for producing colour photographs.
Cassiobury Saw Mills. This lay south of the photographic plate works. Run
by the Turner family
Industrial and trading area
Bakery - Built on the site of a bakery
Industrial and trading area.
Penfold Estate on the site of the Imperial Works. Penfold Fencing and Engineering Ltd.
Manufacturers and erectors of chain-link fencing.
Reeds Chapel. Chapel of former London Orphan Asylum. Built 1871 by Henry Dawson. Polychrome brick Gothic chapel
The London Orphan Asylum was originally Reeds School set up in east London
in 1813 and in Clapton from the 1829s. It moved to Watford in the late 1860s for
more space. The Asylum was designed in 1871 by Henry Dawson in brick and
terracotta but with No plaster to save on maintenance. There is a central
administration block, with the Headmasters House on one side and separate
quadrangles for boys and girls. There is another boys' quadrangle behind. There
is a tower with a clock and spire. The school was evacuated in the Second World
War and the centre was used as the Ministry of Labour and National Service and
Ministry of Works. The school moved to Cobham in 1946 and the buildings continued
in government use until they were converted into housing in the 1980s
BT Engineering Dept. This is on the site of the Orphan School playing
Nat-Rol works. Watsons Water Softeners, 1940s
B.A.O British American Optical Company. The factory made spectacle frames,
and moved some work to Kidwelly in the 1950s.
Knutsford Recreation Ground
Radlett Road Playing Fields
Watford Rugby Club. This was formed in 1973 following the demise of West
Herts RFC and Sun Postal Rugby Club.
Centre Point House. Community Centre
Wetherspoon House. Head office of the pub chain set up in 1979
Maple House. Hilton Hotels International Operations Centre.
Garden with seats around a pond
St Johns Road
Estcourt Arms, also called Lynch’s.
Some Benskins Brewery signs still in place.
Watford Junction Station. The
station opened in 1858. It is the
terminus for trains from Watford High Street on London Overground and from
Watford North on the Abbey Line. From Euston it is on National Rail First Scot
Rail Trains next stop at Crewe or Carlisle and London Midland trains to Milton
Keynes. Virgin Trains from Euston next stop at Milton Keynes Coventry or
Rugby. On the West Coast Mainline it is
between Bushey and Kings Langley. It is between Hemel Hempstead and Harrow and
Wealdstone on Southern. On the Bakerloo Line it is the terminus from Watford
High Street and also the rail branches on the Croxley Green and Rickmansworth
Lines. Watford Junction was the second station opened in what and
originated as with the line to St Albans and joined it to the existing main
line to Birmingham south of St Albans Road, in 1858. It was rebuilt in 1909,
and in 1984 some buildings were demolished and a new travel centre and office
block built. In 1987 19th waiting
rooms were demolished. In 1862 a
branch was opened to Rickmansworth, by the Watford & Rickmansworth Railway.
It was electrified in 1927 but it failed to attract traffic and closed to
passengers in 1952. The section to Bushey is used as part of the local service to
Euston. The Bakerloo Tube Line
was extended here in 1917, and mainline electric trains ran from both Euston
and Broad Street. There are Traincrew Depots here and stabled trains around the
station. Sidings are in use for storing units as well as freight. A large
network of sidings is now converted to road based trading estates.
London Concrete Sidings
2 Wellington Arms Hotel.
The Watford Club. Trades Hall. Watford Trades and Labour Club
in the Evening. Web site
Listed Buildings. Web site
Lines. Web site.
Hotels. Web site
Guide. Web site
Orphan Asylum. Wikipedia Web site
Council. Web site
Junction Station. Wikipedia Web site
Rugby Club. Web site
Arms. Web site