A brief guide to the Watford area fromVan Man in London including information for those considering moving there, or looking for a Watford removals service in the Hertfordshire area.
Watford generally has a wide range of properties for sale, with four bedroom properties (Jan 2014) offered at between £350,000 for semi-detached properties to over £1,000,000 for larger houses on the edge of town. Rented property shows a similarly wide range with two bedroom flats in Watford available to rent at an average of between £700- £1200 pcm for purpose built apartment blocks to over £1000-£1500 pcm for up-market conversions in the more desirable suburbs.
Cassiobury, Nascot Wood, West Watford, Oxhey, South Oxhey, Carpenters Park, North Watford, Garston, Aldenham, Leavesden and Letchmore Heath.
Watford is served by main line services to London Euston from Watford Junction. The service is frequent (15-20 mins at peak times) with a journey time of around 20 minutes on faster trains. Underground connections are available by changing at Willesden Junction for the Bakerloo Line. Metropolitan line services from Watford to Aldgate are frequent at peak times with a journey time of around 1 hour. London’s airports are within easy reach (Heathrow 13 miles, Luton 16 miles). Watford is close to the M25 motorway (Junction20) and M1 (junction 5) and is thus easily accessible by road.
Now the largest town in Hertfordshire with a population of around 95,000, Watford can trace its origins back as far as the Domesday Book of 1086 which records the area as belonging to the Manor of Cashio. The Manor was part of the extensive landholding of the Abbey of St Albans and appears to have been originally the site of a market sanctioned by the Abbot – a weekly feature of Watford life which lasted from the 11th century until 1926. The Abbot of St Albans also seems to have been instrumental in the building of the Parish Church of Watford, St Mary’s, which was built adjacent to the market and survives still.
With the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th Century, Watford began to develop as an independent town but it was the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with the arrival of the canal and especially the railway which saw the town grow rapidly, becoming a regional administration and industrial centre. By the second half of the 19th century, most of the streets which make up the main central area of the town had been laid out and by 1900, the Earl of Essex, one of the largest local landowners had sold most of his agricultural land to the west and north-east of the High Street to meet the burgeoning demand for housing for the increasing number of workers moving to the town.
Industry in the town changed during the same period from the manufacture of agricultural machinery to machinery which supported the thriving paper making businesses along the area’s numerous rivers. Railway engineering became important in the early 20th century, with printing becoming increasingly important in the years following the Second World War. Manufacturing industry, as in so many places, has been largely supplanted by the service sector in more recent years. Nonetheless, Watford is home to the head offices of many major companies, including firms as diverse as Camelot, operator of the National Lottery and Taylor Woodrow, the construction giant.
Watford today is the major regional hub of the Northern Home Counties. It houses a major shopping centre, the Intu Watford Shopping Centre (formerly known as the Harlequin Centre), housing over 140 shops, cafes and restaurants. Watford High Street is a hive of activity, especially after dark, with a high concentration of the town’s bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The town is therefore particularly attractive for younger people moving to the area as an alternative to Central London.
Van Man in London is a dependable and friendly removals company covering the northern Home Counties, Central London and the whole of Hertfordshire including the Watford postcodes; WD1, WD17, WD18, WD19, WD24 and WD25. Our fleet of modern Luton vans is ideal for office moves as well as house removals and our “man and van” service provides a flexible solution, ideal for customers who are happy to take an active role in the move. If you’re thinking of moving to Watford, why not let us provide you with a free no obligation quote.