A movement worth watching

10:30am Friday 24th October 2014

Celebrating the birth of Neighbourhood Watch

Watford observed - stories from Octobers past

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

4:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

The cannonball, the Devil's Dyke, the surprise award, the see-through blouse and more

Mystery of the missing joint solved

4:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

The bombed house and the missing joint explained 26 years on

Postcodes arrive in WD1, WD2 and WD3

12:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

The postcode - you're not properly addressed without it

Bartlett brothers are conkers bonkers

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

It's 1984, and to celebrate, two boys collect 1,984 conkers from Cassiobury Park

'Work a day for your hospital'

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

It's 1937 and money's needed to pay for extensions to the Peace Memorial Hospital. The Mayor appeals for everyone to send the equivalent of a day's pay to the fund. But will they?

Watford observed - stories from Octobers past

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

4:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

A theatrical mishap, free beer for Watford fans, a pedestrian in the wrong place at the wrong time, the anonymous mayor and more

Gusts of hilarity from Cyril

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Saturday 11th October 2014

Comedian Cyril Fletcher's return home

Reminiscences from the early days of motoring

4:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

Improvements in motoring - now cars come with a windscreen!

Hurrah! Here comes Tesco!

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

1984 and plans are laid for a new Tesco in Lower High Street

Watford observed - more stories from Septembers past

4:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

The tallest tree, the missing child, the television stars, the goalkeeper scare and much more

This is one for the fire brigade records

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Saturday 4th October 2014

A painting of fireman past

Here's your starter for 10...

4:00pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A quiz from the 1930s

First for club is last for Luther

4:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Watford FC legend Luther Blissett plays for England U21s at Vicarage Road.

Watford observed - stories from Septembers past

4:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Angry parents, a Tony Currie hat-trick, "two tons of sudden death" and more

Scarab plea

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Can anyone help a correspondent restoring a Scammell Scarab?

Farm boy who got the beat

5:30pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Memories, memories and more memories from our readers

Watford observed - stories from Septembers past

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

The red bike excuse, the boy who checked for a gas leak with a match, a new record for visiting every Tube station, and more

Last on line

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

The age of the train comes to an end in Rickmansworth

Tear gas in the town centre

4:30pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A novel way to encourage gas mask use from 1941 and a couple of local heroes from the 60s.

Watford observed - stories from Septembers past

4:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A shocked electrician, Elton John's hair, a traction engine tug-of-war and more besides

Joanna Lumley visits Garston in 1982

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

1982 and one of the stars of ITV's Sapphire and Steel visits Woodside Community Centre

Diabolical attack on train

4:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

"Nihilists" in Bushey in the late 19th century

Watford observed - more stories from Augusts past

5:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Disposable razor blades 1934-style, Lady Ebury's steam engine, sex-aid parties, the Rickmansworth illuminations and more besides

What's going on here, then?

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

1982 brings with it the world's biggest police helmet

Floods and a riot - how it was in 1879

12:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

1879: Floods cause panic while a family argument leads to suicide and a linen draper being hounded out of Watford

What kind of foal am I?

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

Warpaint, the oddly-spotted foal in 1966

Watford observed - more stories from Augusts past

2:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

The future of the Parade, Peter Duncan and a Watford friend prepare to drive to Ireland, Hubert Herkomer gets married ... and more

'Go out of tune, would you...'

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

Piano smashing and a heroic major from 1967

Watford observed - more stories from Augusts past

4:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

Discounts for loved-up pensioners, Gary Lineker filming a video in South Oxhey, King Athelstan's visit to Whippendell Woods and more besides

Balloons for bombs

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Balloons for bombs

Pigeon's message to pop group Bros

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

Everyone's a critic - even the birds!

Come on you Hornets!

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Meeting the fans of the future in 1967/68.

An illuminating paragraph

4:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

The day Watford got its first electric light - and how the town celebrated the end of the First World War in 1918

Watford observed - more stories from Augusts past

4:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

The piggy-backing swallow, the return of a Watford FC hero and more

Class photo with added socks appeal

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A week identifying faces

Watford observed - more stories from July past

4:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A big fish, a big price, a big surprise, a big piece of luck and much more besides

Fond memories of the Colosseum

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Watford Colosseum announces an open day

The end of the cooper

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

It's 1963, and an age-old craft waves goodbye...

Homer entertainment

Watford Observer:

6:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

Bart Simpson comes to Watford

July 29, 1960

Watford Observer:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

1960 - and what a whopper for Oxhey schoolboy Eric

Watford observed - more stories from July past

4:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Phosphorous bombs, riding a penny farthing while wearing a frock coat and top hat and more

The disco dancing princess

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

When Princess Anne came to Watford on Wednesday to attend a Royal Gala Charity Night at EMI Baileys, she played bingo and was given a demonstration disco dancing lesson.

Witness the sporting wonder of Woolies

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Barry Sheene zooms into Watford Woolies in 1978

Rural peace of Normandy 1944

4:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A few weeks after D Day and all is quiet...

Watford observed - stories from July past

4:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A thrilling rescue, a nervous Goon, extra cheese for chimney sweeps and more

Watford printers and their part in the Great War

4:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

An appeal from the Watford Printing Past Group

Death threat to anti-Nazi

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

1978 - and plans to launch a Watford branch of the anti-Nazi League provoke a nasty call from a man with an Irish accent...

Graham Taylor’s Watford legacy a year on – promotion at a price

4:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

1978 and financially, Graham Taylor's appointment a year previously proves a double-edged sword

Carry on, Barbara - you could win a fortune

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

1978 - and Carry On star Barbara Windsor helps to launch the new Borough of Watford instant lottery


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