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

Hospital expansion crisis

4:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Thirty years ago, and Watford General Hospital expansion was disappointing residents even then

Watford observed - stories from July past

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A human Fish, an impoverished Prince, a bad decision in a pub and more besides

First the pool, now a place to get changed...

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Saturday 12th July 2014

Miss Watford opens Nascot Fair in 1973

Watford - 'a blot on the fair face of Hertfordshire'

4:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

The Earl of Arran, for many years a resident near Bedmond, pops up the road to Watford to tell us how rubbish it is

Watford observed: more stories from Junes past

4:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

The gambling gum machine, Barbara Cartland and a grim old building, Roman coins, those new-fangled dustbin liners and more besides

Sid's back for a nostalgic night at The Horns

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

Legendary Watford rockers Sid Sideboard and the Chairs reform for one night only.

Watford - the worst memory in my career, says new boss

Watford Observer: Watford Observer cartoonist Terry Challis's take on Graham Taylor's appointment.

4:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

"I want people in years to come to reflect on good days and be able to say 'That's when Graham Taylor was there'." Graham Taylor, on becoming Watford FC manager in 1977.

Graham Taylor talks...

Watford Observer: The new boss. Graham Taylor captured during a three-hour visit to the Watford Observer's offices on June 22, 1977 - two days before signing as Watford's new manager.

4:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

Watford’s new boss answers questions put to him by then Sports Editor Oliver Phillips, in a straight-talking interview first published in June 1977

The beginning of the glory years

Watford Observer: New Watford FC manager Graham Taylor given the tour of Vicarage Road by Elton John 37 years ago today

4:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Graham Taylor becomes Watford's 14th post-war manager in 1977

Watford observed: more stories from Junes past

4:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

Trouble brewing in works canteen, where to put your perfume, a wartime joke and more besides

Watford's new Town Hall

Watford Observer: Watford's new Town Hall

4:00pm Saturday 28th June 2014

The new town hall takes shape, in 1939.

Bits of Old Watford

Watford Observer: Cottages in Beechen Grove

4:00pm Friday 27th June 2014

A sketch of the past

Twenties had plenty for all

4:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

My favourite decade, when it comes to trawling through back copies of the Watford Observer, is definitely the 1920s.

Watford observed: more stories from Junes past

4:00pm Monday 23rd June 2014

The marvellous market, a trip in a Jumbo jet, some Nazi baiting and more

Roads - the more things change...

4:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Road mending - and it seems the council has never been able to do it efficiently

When Norman was 'pinched' in Watford

Watford Observer: Norman Wisdom in Watford in 1973.

4:00pm Saturday 21st June 2014

Popular film and TV star Norman Wisdom visits Watford

Cutting the wicket before breakfast

Watford Observer: G.F. Simons in 1939, when he’d already been a member of Abbots Langley Cricket Club for 40 years.

4:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

Life at Abbots Langley Cricket Club before the Second World War


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