Memories of Oxhey Lane

Oxhey Village Environment Group (OVEG) - history sheet no. 20

By Mrs Kay Clarke

I was born in North Watford and attended Parkgate Road Junior School and Leggatts Way Senior School the first year it opened. After we moved to Laycott in Oxhey Lane in 1935, we were taken by ta-xi each day to London Road Senior School “vith three others of a family who lived in Little Oxhey Lane beyond the railway bridge. Their father was a farm worker for Henry Smith of the Poplars in Oxhey Lane. Later, when more children moved into the Carpenders Park area, a coach was run to and from the Bushey schools.

So starts kay Clarke’s reminscence of life in Oxhey Lane in the 1950’s. Kay and her family later moved to Lower Paddock Road and she talks about some of the local shops they used to frequent.

Read her memories in the document attached. 

This page was added on 04/07/2014.

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  • I enjoyed reading this article, having lived in Carpenders Avenue from 1940 to 1959, it was like a trip down ‘Memory lane’. Nice to read about another persons similar memories to mine about this area ‘The Barn’, ‘Highfields’ AA Command, Villiers Road etc., the mention of Charlie Hill in ‘Palmers’ the grocers, I new his Sister, a Mrs Munt who lived in King Edwards Road, she worked for the opposition, namely Everetts the grocers who were situated next to Bushey Vale Garages in London Road on the corner of Haydon Rd, which was owned by the Payne Family, Mr Percy Everett was noted for roasting coffee beans in the window of his shop.

    By Arthur Hall (05/07/2014)