Books on Hertfordshire
at the turn of the century
Watford Observer supplement
April 30, 1999
Watford High Street
The Watford Observer is a weekly newspaper which prints occasional supplements, such as this one, on historical topics. This is the first of a series relating to the 20th century. Each has a good selection of pictures and an interesting supporting text.
They later published a follow-up series of supplements, known as "The Millenium Collection" - in four parts, each covering 25 years, starting with 1900-1924.
Depressing familiarity: Newspaper headlines show little has changed in some respects.
Suspicion greets offer: Courageous council refuses to look a gift horse in the mouth.
The most serious issue: Councils forced to find ways of getting rid of human waste.
'Utterly disgraceful': Rioting mob shames town after royal celebrations are postponed.
Horse-drawn bus in Lower High Street, Watford
Fighting fire and floods: Low water pressure proved major handicap in tackling blazes.
The White Bear, Rickmansworth.
No wizards in Watford: Public transport increases in popularity as state of roads declines.
Penchant for debate: Gearless Gorle champions radical concepts in council chamber.
Sell-to-survive: Strikers discovered drunk during game - a not uncommon occurrence.
County takes control: Religion a bone of contention as schools go into the melting pot.
The worse for wear: Drink-related misdemeanours dominate court proceedings.
Having influenced helped: Cash shortfall prevents building of hospital in Rickmansworth Road.
Pleasure at the Palace: Demand for entertainment met with shows catering for all classes.
Rapid pace of change: Liberals landslide victory a start in bridging the class divide.
There is a web page for Watford
This kind of publication can be quite hard to find.
Page updated April 2005