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GOOD NEWS: Historic Nascot street signs in Watford restored to former glory

 Published on: 17th October 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Nine historical street signs across Nascot ward, Watford, have been repaired and restored to their former glory.

Works to restore Victorian plates across the ward were completed last week; they reflect the history of the town’s heritage that local councillors are keen to preserve.

The restoration works were funded by Nascot councillors Mark Hofman, Tom Osborn and Mark Watkin from their neighbourhood locality budget.

Street signs were restored on Alexandra Road, Birch Tree Walk, Broom Grove, Hampden Way, Keston Mews, Langley Road, Malden Road and Stratford Road.

Liberal Democrat Nascot Councillor Mark Hofman said: “The heritage street signs are part of the history of the Nascot estate, they reflect the character of the area and as Liberal Democrats we feel it is extremely important to protect and preserve these symbols of our past and restore them to their former glory.

“The Victorian-era street signs are a collection of significant heritage value that are still widely treasured since they provide a unique source of information on late nineteenth century Watford.”

Councillor Tom Osborn, added: “The restoration works have uncovered the superb nineteenth century workmanship that still lasts to this day. The plates had become nearly ineligible due to their age. 

“Now we hope residents will have more heritage assets to enjoy as they move around the area, and find their way round more easily too!”

The signs are an important part of the conservation area’s heritage; for instance, it is believed Stratford Road was so named from its connection to the Worshipful Company of Salters, whose listed alms-houses stand at the northern end of the road, bordering Church Road.

According to council archives, the core of the Nascot Conservation Area was the first substantial area in Watford to be developed away from the historic High Street. It includes the town’s first railway station, which dates from 1837 and was the first significant structure to be built within the area. Following the station, the area was developed in phases and the urban form that we see today was predominantly completed by the 1890s.

The restoration was carried out by Murrill Construction Ltd. 

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