Sunday, 30 June 2013

River Colne. Oxhey

River Colne
The Colne flows south westwards

Post to the north Watford Stadium
Post to the west Brightwells

Broadfield Lane
Oxhey Hall Community Association Hall and Sports Centre. Established 1940.

Eastbury Road
The Happy Hour Pub

Hamper Mill Lane
Moreton Hall – Ebury Children’s Centre and a number of local clubs.
Bushey Cricket Club, It is believed that the Club was formed before 1864. The home ground is owned by Veolia Water Company and was created in the 1940s and owned by the Colne Valley Water Company. There is a bowling green, two hard court tennis courts, and a pavilion
Oxhey Hall. 16th house extended in the 17th and remodelled in 1870. It has a Timber frame with stock brick casing. The house is on a moated site. Barn – 17th or early 18th with a timber frame, and weather boarded.
Eastbury Pumping Station. The Colne Valley Water Company built the Pumping Station in 1873. It is thought that the last beam type pumping engine was installed here in 1919 from John Taylor and Sons which worked until 1954. In 1956 the station switched to diesel power,
Railway. In 1931 the Colne Valley Water Company opened a narrow gauge railway connecting the Eastbury pumping station with the London North West Railway line from Rickmansworth. A 2.0' narrow gauge line ran southeast from a private siding on the railway to a yard at the pumping station. It handled coal and salt, used for the water softening plant. The line closed in 1967 and the two locomotives were purchased by the Amberley Chalk Pits Museum
On the public footpath to and from Hamper Mill is a footbridge over what was the narrow gauge railway to Eastbury Pumping station. . It came from the ‘Never Stop Railway’ at the Wembley Exhibition, 1925.

River Colne
Bridge – the narrow gauge railway crossed the River Colne on a plate girder bridge.

Silk Mill Lane
Electricity transmission station

The Rookery
The Rookery Silk Mill built in 1770 by Thomas Deacon. It was on the Colne, and a set of sluices controlled the flow of water into the works. In the late 18th, the mill employed 100 people. It closed in 1881. Watford Steam Laundry & Dye Works, were in the buildings by 1898. The buildings were later converted into a piano factory and in the 1970s workshops and offices for engineers and joiners

Sources
Ancient Monuments. Web site
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Bushey Cricket Club. Web site
Happy Hour. Web site
Osborne. Defending London
Roberts. Chelsea to Cairo
Three Rivers District Council. Web site
West Watford History Group. Web site
Whitelaw. Hidden Hertfordshire

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