Lower High Street Watford

1950s

Janet Golding

I recall as a child sitting at the bus stop opposite the Benskins brewery building. I remember being fascinated by the ivy that grew all over the building, which also dissappeared down the chimneys!

The shops by the bus stop were swanns leather shop and Gestetner; a tyre shop, Westons fish shop.

Fast forward 30 years – I remember being in a hotel in Birmingham and happened to see an old TV screening of the professionals. A car chase occurred and I suddenly realised that it was taking place around the old Watford one way system.  As the car drove around Water Lane and turned left into the Lower High Street the old shops I remembered came into view. I had an immediate memory of the delicious aroma of fish and chips from Westons fish shop.  

This page was added on 15/05/2012.

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  • I was born in a brewery house in The Crescent in 1959 and as a kid, Crown Passage was my gateway to the world (The High Street).
    We got our Friday night fish n chips from Westons and Grandad worked at Gestetners,
    In the 80s I worked in Hammonds Music shop on the corner of Water Lane and The One Crown was my local.
    The area always felt homely to me and it was sad to see it demolished for the road.

    By Chris Panks (11/08/2017)

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