New Local History Book

By Lesley Dunlop

ECHOES OF OLD WATFORD, BUSHEY & OXHEY is based on the 96 nostalgic local history articles written for the Evening Post-Echo in the early 1980s by well-respected local historian and filmmaker, Ted Parrish. Ted was born in Watford in 1920 and lived in Oxhey from 1927 until his death in 1997.

The well-illustrated 224-page book includes chapters on entertainment, the coming of war, education, transportation, policing, VIP and Royal visits, the printing and brewing industries, local  personalities and much much more.

Ted’s daughter, Lesley Dunlop, has spent the last year working on the 224-page book and has added maps, footnotes and readers’ letters.

It will be available from as well as Watford Museum, Bushey Museum and the Oxhey Village Environment Group. Priced at £12.99 (plus p&p if posted), ECHOES OF OLD WATFORD, BUSHEY & OXHEY will make an ideal gift for those who remember the ‘old days’ or for those who want to know about the people, the places and the events that shaped the area as we know it today.

This page was added on 15/10/2013.

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  • Local author and friend, David Reidy, has kindly sent me a copy of the above publication, which I have enjoyed reading upon my return from Dubai and Perth (Western Australia). I consider that we are singularly fortunate to have so much relevant material on the history of the Watford District and Volume 3 of “Watford in the 20th century: South West Hertfordshire in the years 1960-1979” has also just been released. For those people interested in the appearance of the area during the period 1919 to 1939, may I recommend the excellent English Heritage website, which displays oblique aerial images (in excess of 200) of Watford and the surrounding district taken by low-flying aircraft. Last August, I formed a Watford & District group and all members are cordially invited to join, in addition to adding comments on the photographs. Registration is entirely free and the organisation has so far attracted over 26,000 participants. A fully illustrated book, Britain from Above, is due to be published in 2014.

    By John Swain (31/10/2013)