Oxhey Park

Catching crawley bobs

By Anne Newstead

Oxhey Park and the River Colne
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
Oxhey Park
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

In Oxhey Park when my brother was 13 and I was 10 around 1939 we used to go down the dump and get a bike that someone had thrown away. My brother used to adjust it to suit his build then he would ride down the hill in his swimming trunks and drive straight in the River Colne.

In the winter time when it snowed more we used to get a piece of corrugated tin to use as a sledge and slide down the hill in the park.

We used to swim and go fishing and we would catch Cray Fish which we used to call Crawley Bobs. Then light a fire and cook them on a bit of old tin.

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  • I enjoyed many days playing cricket and rugby in the park during the late 50s early 60s. I often walked through on the way into Watford.

    By Peter Swain (07/02/2011)
  • There is a website devoted to the history of Oxhey Park if this article has inspired you to discover more

    By Llinos Thomas (07/10/2010)