EPW037380 ENGLAND (1932). Holy Rood Church, St Mary's Church and the town centre, Watford, 1932

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Title [EPW037380] Holy Rood Church, St Mary's Church and the town centre, Watford, 1932
Reference EPW037380
Date April-1932
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Place name WATFORD
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 510962, 196333
Longitude / Latitude -0.39579108283209, 51.654354742066
National Grid Reference TQ110963

Pins

Watford Market Place at the junction of Market Street and the famous old High Street

John Swain
Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:12:51 PM

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:10:15 PM

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:09:37 PM

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:08:19 PM
St.Mary's Road

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:07:43 PM

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:07:04 PM

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:06:31 PM
Embankment carrying the London Midland & Scottish Main Line Railway in a sweeping curve towards Watford Junction (left of photograph).

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:05:11 PM
Tall spire of the Methodist Church at corner of Derby Road and Queen's Road.

John Swain
Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:01:34 PM
Five Arches Railway Viaduct (Colne Bridge), now a Grade II Listed Building

John Swain
Wednesday 31st of July 2013 11:57:47 AM
Bushey Hall Golf Course, founded in 1886

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013 11:56:01 AM
River Colne forming the Urban District Boundary of Watford on its eastern side.

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Wednesday 31st of July 2013 11:54:17 AM
St Mary's Church

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Monday 6th of May 2013 06:25:12 PM
Holyrood RC Church

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Monday 6th of May 2013 06:24:50 PM
Watford Free School

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Monday 6th of May 2013 06:24:07 PM

User Comment Contributions

One of the more pleasing and imaginative planning projects in post-war Watford is the St.Mary's Conservation Area Open Space, which is centred around the splendid old Parish Church.

John Swain
Friday 4th of July 2014 09:30:37 AM
Holy Rood Church is one of the finest examples of early Perpendicular Gothic Revival architecture in the country. The foundation stone was laid by Canon Keans on August 29, 1889, and the building was in use the following year. The church was finished in 1900, with the completion of the square flint tower on the north-west corner, and occupies a site bounded on three sides by Market Street, Percy Road and Exchange Road.

The materials used are local flints, Bath stone and, in the local tradition, the building is roofed in red tiles and lead. The structure was designed by the famous church architect, John Bentley (1839-1902), who was also commissioned to design Westminster Cathedral in 1894.

Holy Rood complements its Anglican near-neighbour, St. Mary's Parish Church, and sits comfortably among the Victorian and Edwardian shops and houses which surround it.

John Swain
Friday 4th of July 2014 09:24:44 AM
It is gratifying to know to older Watfordians that two of Watford's Grade I Listed buildings, St.Mary's Parish Church and Holy Rood RC Church remain extant despite all the post-1960 changes that have been inflicted on the town. A fine image of Watford from its prewar heyday.

John Swain
Sunday 4th of August 2013 03:42:44 PM
An unusual view of the market town during the early Thirties when the population passed 57,000, looking ENE towards the main LMS Railway line and the Colne flood plain beyond. Two of the main buildings highlighted have become Grade I Listed in postwar years: St.Mary's Parish Church and Holy Rood RC Church.

John Swain
Wednesday 31st of July 2013 12:21:26 PM