Watford Borough Council repair landmark sign in Woodside

A historic timber road sign has been repaired

Published: Wednesday, 14th March 2018

A historic timber road sign thought to be built in the 1930s has been repaired thanks to Watford Borough Council and the local community in Woodside.

The timber signpost, also known as a fingerpost, which is located at the junction of Horseshoe Lane/High Road/Woodside Road and College Road, was damaged in December when a vehicle collided with it.  

Generous donations from Woodside ward councillors, local neighbourhood fund and the Leavesden Hospital History Association, enabled the council to make the necessary repairs. A new timber post was inserted into a new metal frame to give the sign a bit of extra strength and a new lower section has been painted to match the existing post.

The newly refurbished sign was unveiled on Thursday 8 March, following a thorough wash and clean to make it look extra smart.

Cllr Stephen Cavinder, Ward Councillor for Woodside, said: “I’m delighted that the sign, which has stood in Watford for the last 80 years, has been repaired and, hopefully, it will be able to stand here for another 80 years.  It is a much loved part of Woodside’s history and I’d like to say a big thank you to the Leavesden Hospital History Association for their kind contribution, which together with our neighbourhood fund enabled the repairs to take place.”

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