Watford observed: more stories from Aprils past

4:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

The intruder and the matchbox, ladies in trousers, Bob-a-Job pirates and much more besides

Pot, pot, pot - but watch out for swadgers

Watford Observer: Pot, pot, pot - but watch out for swadgers

4:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Traditional pub sports bring St George's Day fun to South Oxhey in 1977

When was our society formed?

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

The origins of Chorleywood Choral Society

A day trip to, where, exactly?

Watford Observer: The Spread Eagle Outing 1948. Reader Phillip Hayes’ late father Douglas is standing third from right. But does anyone recognise any of the others?

4:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A Spread Eagle pub outing from 1948, a missing person and memories prompted by articles on Terry Scott and former Watford FC manager George Kirby

Watford observed: stories from Aprils past

4:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

The referee scores the winning goal, how to 'boo' the Prime Minister and get away with it, Elton's overflowing bath and much more besides

Ricky regulars fight for their pub

Watford Observer: Fred Gawron outside the Kings Arms in 1977.

4:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

1977: The Kings Arms in Rickmansworth faces closure

A first rate success - just like that

Watford Observer: Tommy Cooper strikes a typical pose at the opening function of the impressive new Top Rank Watford Suite which netted a fine sum for charity in 1965.

4:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

Tommy Cooper opens the new Top Rank Watford Suite in April 1965

I guess that's why they don't call them the Blues any more

4:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The day Watford became The Hornets, botanist David Bellamy's April Fool fun, the Garston housewife who starred at the first ever London Marathon and much more

Watford observed: a bumper crop of stories from March past

Watford Observer: December 4, 1959

4:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

Mammoth pumpkins, a late choirmaster, Monty Python's Life of Protest and more besides

Memories of the Co-operative

Watford Observer: December 4, 1959

4:00pm Saturday 5th April 2014

Follow-up correspondence...

The curious house with a painless extraction nearby

Watford Observer: The “Old Fox” at Bricket Wood, as shown in an illustration printed in the Watford Observer of March 18, 1949.

4:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

Some 'Town and Country Talk' from 1949

Our clock is telling Watford the truth

Watford Observer: Our clock is telling Watford the truth

4:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Public clocks and the day a rock contest turned sour

Watford observed: stories from March past

4:00pm Sunday 30th March 2014

Weird weather, Jaffa oranges in wartime and much more besides

Museum opens with return of a local hero

Watford Observer: Museum opens with return of a local hero

4:00pm Saturday 29th March 2014

Watford born Terry Scott returns to town to open the new museum in 1981

Spring lambs at Chenies

Watford Observer: Quads arrive at Chenies in March 1964

4:00pm Friday 28th March 2014

Quads arrive at Chenies, spring is round the corner

'Tis the season to be spooky

4:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Watford ghost stories from the 1980s

Watford observed: stories from March past

Watford Observer: December 4, 1959

4:00pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

A rash claim from the Tory MP, paying bills with a piano, the unlucky ladder and much more besides

A house for five bob

Watford Observer: A right result for Mr Pearson

4:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

The man who won £2,500 for a 5s stake

Going Home: a love story from the 1960s

Watford Observer: December 4, 1959

4:00pm Friday 21st March 2014

Memories galore from a former American soldier stationed at Bushey Hall in the late 1950s

Shop name is driving me mad

Watford Observer: This old picture is baffling one reader. Does anyone have any information about it?

4:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Catching up with the correspondence from a forgotten shop name and an intriguing photograph to Watford Co-op Youth Choir and a stained glass window

Watford observed: stories from March past

Watford Observer: December 4, 1959

4:00pm Monday 17th March 2014

Death watch beetle, the amazing Swiftograph, and a vicar on 'How to Swear' - just a few of the stories which have appeared in the Watford Observer over the past 150 years

Coffins found by workmen at car park site

Watford Observer: December 4, 1959

4:00pm Sunday 16th March 2014

A surprising discovery from 1974

The 'Great Sarratt Wheel-Wobbler' strikes again

Watford Observer: December 4, 1959

4:00pm Saturday 15th March 2014

An intriguing story from the late 1970s.

It's flipping close, but Luther just about sneaks it

Watford Observer: Luther Blissett and Brian Hunter pip Graham Taylor and Neil McDonald at the line to win the first ever Watford wheelchair pancake race in March 1981.

4:00pm Friday 14th March 2014

The first ever Watford wheelchair pancake race in March 1981 is a photofinish between two Watford FC. legends. But who was declared the winner?

The disappearing larch trees

Watford Observer: Chris Salmon, of Northwood, “takes off” in the jumping event at the fourth British Winter Waterski Championships held at Rickmansworth Aquadrome in March 1967.

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

On a couple of occasions recently, I’ve come across stories from years ago which are extraordinarily fitting for the present day.

Watford observed: a bumper crop of stories from Februaries past

Watford Observer: December 4, 1959

4:00pm Sunday 9th March 2014

Wit, wisdom and Watford - all in bite-sized chunks. This week, the death of Gandhi, criticism of Watford Borough Council's empire building and some court logic, among many other things

Saved from the Beeching axe

Watford Observer: The Mayor, Councillor L.C. Wright, dresses for the job and performs it with zest at the new Garston station in 1966.

4:00pm Saturday 8th March 2014

1966 and Garston welcomes its new rail station, not long after the entire line faced the axe of Doctor Beeching

May the force be with you, daddy

Watford Observer: Star Wars actor Kenny Baker and family at the Watford Odeon in 1978

4:00pm Friday 7th March 2014

R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker pictured at the cinema with his family to see Star Wars in 1978

No room for cinemas on the day of rest

Watford Observer: December 4, 1959

4:00pm Thursday 6th March 2014

In 1933, Watford's cinemas got together to ask permission to open on Sundays.

Watford observed: more stories from Februaries past

4:00pm Monday 3rd March 2014

The performing pigs, the hole in the road and the record breaking crowd - at the time - at Vicarage Road

Thanks, son - the birthday gift that keeps on giving

Watford Observer: Thanks, son - the birthday gift that keeps on giving

4:00pm Sunday 2nd March 2014

What do you give the man who has everything? A novel solution from 1963

The arrival of the world's greatest hiker

Watford Observer: Felix Scully Starlight, who called at the “Observer” office in February 1933.

4:00pm Saturday 1st March 2014

The day in 1933 that the Watford Observer received a particularly "picturesque" visitor

Watford FC's Popeye lookalike competition

4:00pm Friday 28th February 2014

An enamel sign pops up again, a school reunion and the day Watford FC held a Popeye lookalike competition

The day Prince Philip put his oar in

4:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Following last week’s Valentine’s Day special, I stumbled upon a suitable story too late for February 14 but too interesting to ignore. Headed “No ‘living in sin’ here, say council”, it’s from the front page of the Watford Observer of February 17, 1978.

Watford observed: even more stories from Februaries past

4:00pm Monday 24th February 2014

Strip shows, a pewter communion plate, the Battle of St Albans and more

'Absolutely spiffing' night out

Watford Observer: 'Absolutely spiffing' night out

4:00pm Sunday 23rd February 2014

Fenella Fielding and Penelope Keith impress at the Palace Theatre in 1974

Baking a cake for cupid

4:00pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

Noel Chanter's Valentine's recipes from 1960, including gingerbread hearts, cupid's cake and melting moments

Lights out for lovesick Jarman

Watford Observer: Tudor Manor House, Little Gaddesden

4:00pm Friday 21st February 2014

The romantic tale of a lovesick ghost from 1963

The matchmaking Mayor

4:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Valentine's Day special featuring an ice maiden, Miss Valentine 1963, a heart-shaped bed and teenagers' views on sex

Watford observed: some stories from Februaries past

4:00pm Sunday 16th February 2014

An Oscar-winner dies, two schoolboy howlers, why Elton stays away and the best meal ever

Herkomer tops museum's year

Watford Observer: A self-portrait of Sir Hubert von Herkomer.

4:00pm Saturday 15th February 2014

Sir Hubert von Kerkomer on show at Watford Museum in 1982

A buried river and a royal cake surprise

4:00pm Friday 14th February 2014

Princess Anne's wedding cake and Bushey's buried river

Lights out, curlers in, march

4:00pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Power cuts, the postcode and the strange tale of the ring and the turn-ups...

Watford observed: the last few stories from Januaries past

4:00pm Sunday 9th February 2014

The visit of a famous film star, the arrival of post-war oranges, the earliest recorded medieval coin yet found in Watford and more besides

Heavy sign survives its sheltered past

Watford Observer: Heavy sign survives its sheltered past

4:00pm Saturday 8th February 2014

The days when Watford phone numbers contained just two digits

Two memorials, it seems, few now remember

Watford Observer: Christ Church, St Albans Road, war memorial

4:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

Can you help with information about two of the area's war memorials?

TV and 'neurotic' South Oxhey

4:00pm Thursday 6th February 2014

South Oxhey on the telly, a "bold multi-storey plan" for the town centre and gigs at Watford Town Hall

Watford observed: still more stories from Januaries past

4:00pm Saturday 1st February 2014

The familiar Indian peanut wrapper, Nookie Bear, a prizewinning poem and more besides

The things they say...

4:00pm Friday 31st January 2014

Life in the early 60s through the words of its high flyers

Football, toads and sausages

Watford Observer: Swillet FC, with correspondent Don Cooper in the front row, second from the right

4:00pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Catching up on correspondence with updates on, among other things, those pregnancy toads and the Waitrose automatic shopper


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