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EPW040466 ENGLAND (1932). West Herts Sports Club and environs, Watford, 1932

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Title [EPW040466] West Herts Sports Club and environs, Watford, 1932
Reference EPW040466
Date September-1932
Link
Place name WATFORD
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 510460, 196573
Longitude / Latitude -0.40296975414293, 51.656610935595
National Grid Reference TQ105966

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Watford Central Library

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Monday 17th of March 2014 05:05:58 PM

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:35:50 PM
Addiscombe Road

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:09:37 PM

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:09:04 PM
Whippendell Road

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:08:14 PM
Durban Roads West and East

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:07:37 PM

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:06:09 PM
Cassio Hamlet between Hempstead Road and St.Albans Road

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:05:28 PM
In the Village of Watford.

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Monday 17th of March 2014 05:09:12 PM
Little Cassiobury

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:04:28 PM
Gates at entrance to Cassiobury Park

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:03:24 PM
St.Albans Road

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 02:59:49 PM
Peace Memorial Hospital opened in 1925

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 02:58:37 PM
Cassiobury Drive

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 02:57:49 PM
Rickmansworth Road

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 02:57:10 PM

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 02:56:37 PM
West Herts Pavilion, built in the early 1890s and subsequently extended in later years.

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 02:56:01 PM
Former football pitch and home to Watford FC until the 1922 move to Vicarage Road.

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 02:51:27 PM
Athletic Grounds used for cricket and hockey

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 02:50:24 PM

User Comment Contributions

At the time (1932), this was the main cricket ground in Hertfordshire, hosting the Minor County match with Norfolk on July 13 and 14, in addition to West Herts being one of the strongest club sides in the district. Altogether, this is a fine, clear image of a well-known location in central Watford, which has remained intact to the present day despite the huge postwar changes in transport links and urban landscape in the vicinity.

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:47:18 PM
The West Herts Sports Ground began in late Victorin times when the Earl of Essex and Lord Capell offered generous terms which allowed for the purchase/lease of eight acres of Harwoods Farm for the proposed cricket and football ground in 1890. West Herts became the first purpose-built sports arena in Hertfordshire, and football was played from September 1890 and the first game of cricket occurred on the 10th June of the following year. A combination of its central location and fine facilities soon resulted in the ground being used during the cricket season for County matches as early as 1891. The future of the Cassio Road ground was made secure in 1922, after Watford FC departed for Vicarage Road, as the land had been sold by Lady Essex to Benskin's Brewery, a firm who were ready to assist the progress of cricket and football in the town.



Cassio Road became the official County Ground and the Golden Jubilee of Herts CCC was celebrated there in 1925. From 1919 until 1939, West Herts staged 32 county matches, easily exceeding Stevenage with 22.



The above notes have been largely taken from "Cricket in Hertfordshire", by R.G.Simons, published by the Hertfordshire Cricket Association in 1996.



The writer watched minor county cricket on this pitch sixty years ago, before playing in several club games here in the period from 1958 until 1972, initially for Watford Boys' Grammar School 1st XI and then for Chorleywood CC in the newly-formed Hertfordshire Competition. In the final game in June '72, he played against Terry Finn, father of the current England fast bowler, Steve Finn!

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013 03:34:00 PM