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"Watford - My Home Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Watford by St_Vincent

Watford Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 97 photos

Although I have lived in Watford since 1989 I wanted to go back a bit further when researching its history so thought a good place to start would be the Domesday Book. What I found was that Watford is not mentioned by name but it seems to be accepted that it was part of the entry for Cashio, which is as follows,

"The Abbot holds Cashio. It was rated for 20 hides; the abbot has 19 of them. The arable is 22 hides, in demesne 6 hides. There are three French men born and 36 villeins and 8 bordars who hold 15 ploughs. Three bordars besides and two serfs, four mills. There is meadow for 22 plough teams common pasture sufficient for the livestock and woodland for 1,000 swine. It is worth 28 pounds: in the time of Edward the Confessor 30 pounds. Turold held one hide of Goisfride de Maneville in Cashio. Alfred, huntsman to Queen Editha, held this land."

Cashio was at that time (1085) a Norman manor caught under the feudal system and the Lord of the Manor was the Abbot of St. Albans (now a nearby city that you can read about in my St. Albans page). The 36 villeins referred to were tenants who held 30 acres, bordars held 5 acres, and serfs were landless men or slaves. The 'three French men' may have been members of the monastery.

After the dissolution of the monasteries, King Henry VIII declared himself Lord of the Manor and subsequently sold it to Richard Morrison in 1545. He built a family estate that eventually becoming home to the Earl of Essex. After it passed through a number of family members the 8th Earl of Essex moved out due to the cost of upkeep and in 1909 most of the estate was sold to Watford Council who demolished the house and used the land for housing and a public park. So now in Watford we have an area that is referred to as the Cassiobury estate and also the wonderful Cassiobury Park which is where the above photo was taken.

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  • traceyspacey's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2008 at 4:24 AM

    How did you manage to get a picture of inside the Harlequin centre. My boyfriend tried and was told off by a security guard.

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    Sep 16, 2007 at 11:39 PM

    Hi,Clive!you took a great picture of the Cassiobury Park:)

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2007 at 6:48 AM

    You make Watford look quite idyllic. I guess we all see our hometowns like that (mine's Southampton - another place that's not exactly a tourist hotspot). Hey, you should update your Sports tip: Watford have just had another season in the Premiership.

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2006 at 12:44 PM

    Great tips on your home city, Clive. Here's hoping The Hornets can overhaul our two Yorkshire rivals in the coming months! :-)

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2006 at 12:49 PM

    aha, you promised watford - and you duly delivered. God bless all who sail in her

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2006 at 5:32 AM

    Great! I admire and share your love of history!

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