Bringing Cassiobury Park’s past to life

An exhibition of historic postcards at the Cha Café.

Published: Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Postcards sent more than 100 years ago are on display at the Cha Café, Cassiobury Park over the festive period and into February 2017. Correspondents write about all kinds of things - wishing each other a Happy New Year, inviting friends over for tea, and offering advice on childcare. What they all have in common is Cassiobury Park – every one features the beauty spot, its house and buildings, and people at play in the grounds.

(The Cha café is open every day from 9am until 4pm, except for its Christmas closure between Thursday 22 December and Wednesday 4 January 2017)

Cllr Peter Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Client Services said: “When we initially thought about exhibiting some of our historic postcards, we focused on the images on the front of them. But then we started reading the messages written on the back. One in particular stood out. It appears to be from a First World War soldier, on leave in Hertfordshire, and is written to a person called Lucy. These postcards give a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in our area many years ago.”

You can see the postcard Cllr Taylor is referring to on the front page of this website. It is dated 2 March 1916, and reads as follows:

Dear Lucy. Have been the march to More Park about 6 miles not so far as we were going, have been in the trenches. Rotten. I hope to hear from you tomorrow, so will write a letter tomorrow. It is raining here tonight so Good Bye till Tomorrow. Willie.

The £6.6m regeneration of Cassiobury Park is a Heritage Lottery, Big Lottery and Watford Borough Council funded project to redevelop the area and make its history more accessible.

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