Development of Bricket Wood

1858
Watford - St. Albans railway opened.
1861
Bricket Wood Station opened.
1884
Congregational Church services started.
1889 Gray's Fairground opened.
1895
Congregational Church in Station Road opened.
1908
Munden Troop of Boy Scouts formed (4th Scout Troop in World).
1923
Joyland Fairground opened.
1923
Development of 'Christmas' estate started (North and South Riding etc.).
1925
Building Research Station established at Bucknalls.
1927
Fiveacres Naturist Club opened.
1929 Gray's and Joyland fairgrounds closed.
1930
Spielplatz opened.
1931 Mains electricity arrived.
1935 Mount Pleasant Lane School opened.
1936
Social Club opened.
1937 St. Luke's Church opened.
1937 Bricket Wood Scout Troop, Guide Company, Cubs and Brownie packs started.
1947
School in School Lane closed.
1950
Bricket Wood Water Pumping Station built (in Drop Lane)
1953 Bricket Wood Women's Institute formed.
1953 Bricket Wood connected to main drainage.
1955
Railway changed from steam to diesel.
1955
Blackboy Wood estate started.
1958
Meadow Close caravan site opened.
1959 M1 motorway opened (starting at Bricket Wood).
1959 Bricket Wood Ratepayers' Association founded.
1960
Shopping parades in Oakwood Road and Old Watford Road started.
1960
Ambassador College opened.
1962
Ashridge estate started.
1965
Congregational Church (United Reformed Church since 1972) transferred from Station Road to new hall in West Riding.
1965
Railway loop line, signal box and footbridge removed; waiting room and ticket office closed.
1965
Mount Pleasant Lane Infants' School opened.
1966 Bricket Wood National Housewives Register formed.
1966 St. Luke's Church Hall built.
1970
Handley Page closed.
1970
Footbridge over North Orbital Road built.
1970
Bricket Wood Art Club formed.
1971 Victor Smith Court opened.
1974 New United Reformed Church building opened.
1976
Ambassador College closed.
1977
Bricket Wood Society formed.
1979 Central Electricity Generating Board Staff College opened.
1979
Bricket Wood Sports Centre opened and Sports Club formed.
1980
'Longabout' under Ml opened.
1981
Parish of St. Luke Bricket Wood inaugurated.
1981 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Centre (for Autistic Children) opened.
1981
St. Stephen Parish Centre opened.
1981
Widening of M1 motorway between Watford and Hemel Hempstead commenced.
1986 M25 motorway opened.
1988
Electrification of Railway
1989
Mount Pleasant Lane Junior and Infant Schools amalgamated.
1989
Bricket Wood Bakery in Lye Lane closed.
1993
Original Mount Pleasant Lane Junior School rebuilt.
1994
HSBC purchased Management and Conference Centre in Smug Oak Lane
1995 Bricket Wood Neighbourhood Watch Association formed.
1996
Alexandra Tea Rooms demolished.
1997
Permanent footbridge built at junction of Mount Pleasant Lane and A405.
1998
Bricket Wood electoral boundaries changed.
2000
Bricket Wood Village Sign erected as part of Millennium celebrations.
2003
Community Life Category winner in Hertfordshire CPRE Village of the Year Competition.
2004
Hanstead Wood planted.
2004
Southern part of Black Green Wood purchased by the Parish.
2004
Woodbury Field developed as multipurpose play area.
2004
Bricket Wood Services in Old Watford Road closed.
2005
Smug Oak Way created.
2010Park Street and St Stephen Children's Centre opened at MPL School.
2010
Bricket Wood Sports Centre closed.

(Reproduced with kind permission of the Bricket Wood Society)

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