EPW051266 ENGLAND (1936). Watford Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, 1936

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Title [EPW051266] Watford Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, 1936
Reference EPW051266
Date July-1936
Place name WATFORD
Easting / Northing 510494, 196745
Longitude / Latitude -0.40242401339499, 51.65815031949
National Grid Reference TQ105967


Cassiobury Park gatehouse

The Laird
Saturday 11th of July 2015 07:09:35 PM

Saturday 31st of August 2013 07:25:03 PM
Faircross House, built in the 1930s by David Greenhill, which would remain undeveloped until the site was used for more shops and offices about twenty years later. As a pupil at Watford Boys' Grammar School in the 1950s, I can just recall these developments opposite the Town Hall taking place.

John Swain
Thursday 1st of August 2013 07:36:03 PM

John Swain
Thursday 1st of August 2013 07:28:41 PM

John Swain
Thursday 1st of August 2013 07:25:21 PM
The new 1935 roundabout at the junction of Rickmansworth, Hempstead and St.Albans roads with the top end of Watford High Street. Costing an appreciable sum of £12,000, the construction necessitated the removal of some historic trees, including an oak planted to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.

John Swain
Thursday 1st of August 2013 07:23:48 PM
Cassiobury Drive

John Swain
Thursday 1st of August 2013 07:17:08 PM
Rickmansworth Road

Thursday 16th of May 2013 11:58:06 AM
Watford Town Hall

Thursday 16th of May 2013 11:57:37 AM
This building is surely "The Elms", with its paddock behind, on the north-west side, which was eventually demolished to make way for the new Town Hall. Purchased in 1920 by the Watford Council for the bargain price of £12,250, the building was used by the Treasurer's Department until it was emptied prior to demolition in late 1937. In the following May, the foundation stone was laid of the new £150,000 municipal offices and town hall, and the whole complex was officially opened in January 1940, although the total cost was reckoned to be £186,000.

John Swain
Thursday 1st of August 2013 07:15:49 PM

User Comment Contributions

I'm inclined to suggest this image for inclusion as it features a well-respected landmark in the central Watford community and shows the Town Hall area just prior to the construction of the new municipal offices which were opened four years later. The famous roundabout is already in place, a location well known to this correspondent in the 1950s.

John Swain
Sunday 4th of August 2013 04:05:11 PM
My extra notes for this image have been taken from Bob Nunn's excellent Book of Watford, First Edition 1987 and Second Edition 2003. (John Swain, WBGS 1954-61 and resident of Hayling Road, South Oxhey 1953-65). This medium-sized town is exceptionally fortunate to have such a wealth of readily available information on the growth and development of Watford since the beginning of the 19th century, not least in the various publications by the local paper, "The Watford Observer".

John Swain
Thursday 1st of August 2013 07:48:52 PM
Watford's Peace Memorial Hospital was opened in 1925 as a direct response to the increased demands imposed by the ravages of World War I and the influenza epidemic of 1918/19. The foundation stone was laid in 1923 and the 112-bed hospital was fully operational two years later. Plans were implemented throughout the 1930s for further expansion: nurses' accommodation, ward extensions and a new ENT ward. Much of this ongoing construction work may be seen on the north side of main complex. In July 1928, the famous three bronze statues by Mary Bromet, as a fitting War Memorial to the fallen of the Great War 1914-18, were unveiled by the Earl of Clarendon.

The post World War II fortunes of the Peace were somewhat mixed, as the hospital was merged with Shrodells to create Watford General Hospital in 1965 and more functions were transferred to the larger unit on the south side of the town. The buildings were finally closed on Rickmansworth Road in 1985 and the site became vandalised, but an appeal launched in the following decade resulted in a temporary day care centre becoming a permanent feature as the Peace Hospice. The war memorial has since been relocated near the Main Library and the original neo-classical facade of the 1925 structure has been retained.

The writer passed this site many hundreds of times on his way to and from Watford Boys' Grammar School, from his home in South Oxhey and the No. 346 bus stops in St.Albans Road and on The Parade during the 1954-1961 period!

John Swain
Thursday 1st of August 2013 09:24:27 AM