Watford Gap is a low-lying area between two hills, close to the village of Watford, England. Engineers from Roman times onwards have found it to be an ideal route for connecting the Midlands with South East England; the A5 road, the West Coast Main Line railway, the M1 motorway and a branch of the Grand Union Canal traverse in parallel a space about 400 metres wide. It has been written and spoken of as marking the divide between Northern England and Southern England. An easy route between the London and Birmingham areas passes near the small village centre of Watford, Northamptonshire; the gap is 3.5 miles north-east of Daventry and 2 miles west of Long Buckby. In the era of Roman Britain, the Watling Street Roman road used the gap; the road here forms the A5, which for national journeys has been superseded by the M1 motorway which passes through this gap. The road was joined by the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal, which passes through the Watford Locks just to the north of the gap; the historical geographic importance of the area led to many modern communication routes passing through this narrow gap: the coming of the railways brought the London and Birmingham Railway, now known as the West Coast Main Line.
Topographically the gap is a pass caused by a tectonic plate shift, between east and west hill ranges. A tributary of the River Nene rises at Watford and flows east to the Wash, whereas at Kilsby a tributary of the River Leam rises and flows west. In linguistics the Watford Gap has become oft-quoted as where England experiences its division of north and south dialects, it is close to the north/south isogloss of the three key hallmarks of Northern English and Southern English: foot–strut split, bad-lad split and the Bath vowel, however traditionally follows most East Midlands accents. Making use of the above linguistic divide, authors and social commentators have written and spoken of a North/South divide between Northern England and Southern England; this was a junction of the West Midlands to London or East Anglia stagecoach routes across England. Its coaching inn, the Watford Gap, plied the passing trade of the area; the pub, as well as the route from Cambridge to Coventry, is mentioned as early as 1769.
This route ran through Northampton, Harlestone, past Althorp Park, Long Buckby, Watford Gap itself—the map indicating that the coaching inn was on the west side of Watling Street, into Kilsby. The route from Watford Gap to Kilsby is now part of the diverted A5 road following construction of the M1 motorway; the location of the Watford Gap coaching inn is the subject of confusion, with a location on the east side of the Grand Junction Canal being the most cited, near the disused Welton railway station. There is no mention of a Watford Gap pub or any other pub at the suggested location on the 1889 or 1927 or 1952 Ordnance Survey maps of Northamptonshire; the nearest pub was the now-closed Stag's Head Inn in Watford. The original location is further north on Watling Street and is shown on the 1889, 1927 and 1952 maps; the canal-side building still stands but, as of 2000, has needs renovation. The earlier Watford Gap Inn is still standing and is in good repair and unaltered, with the stabling yards and main structures used as farm buildings.
It can be viewed from the road: there is a parking lay-by on the southbound side of Watling Street. The village is now known for the nearby Watford Gap services on the M1 motorway, the first motorway service station in the United Kingdom. Charles Jennings is reluctantly forced to rethink his preconceptions following the first chapter of Up North: Travels Beyond the Watford Gap with the many ways in which "the North" is and geographically as diverse as "the South" as the narrative finds efforts to depict a North/South divide as contrived. Roy Harper's 1977 album Bullinamingvase contains a song titled "Watford Gap". Motorway service areas, which have since undergone radical innovations, were at the time in the United Kingdom typecast as spartan; the owners of Watford Gap services objected to his first reference to the place being. Harper was advised to drop the track from future UK copies of the album, though it reappeared on a CD reissue and remained on the American LP. Liverpool F. C.'s 1988 song "Anfield Rap" makes reference to the few players at the time with a northern accent and refers to the gap.
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Watford is a village and civil parish in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire in England. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 224 people, including Murcott and increasing to 320 at the 2011 Census. Watford is home to Watford Gap services Britain's oldest motorway service station opening in 1959. Located directly on the M1 motorway and alongside the West Coast Main Line, it is known that the important Roman road “Watling Street” was constructed on the western boundary of the village. In the Roman era the Roman settlement of Bannaventa, with defensive earth and timber ramparts and a ditch, was situated about 2 miles south-west of Watford. Today some remains of the settlement such as building platforms and crop marks are still visible. After the departure of the Romans, the area became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. Watford is mentioned as one of the lands belonging to Ethelgifu and was inherited from her own kindred. In the 7th century the Mercians converted to Christianity with the death of pagan King Penda.
About 889 the area was conquered by the Danes and became part of the Danelaw – with Watling Street serving as the boundary. This was in effect until the area was recaptured by the English about 917 under Wessex King Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great. In 940 the Vikings of York captured Northamptonshire and devastated the area, with the county retaken by the English in 942. Norhamptonshire is one of the few counties to have both Saxon and Danish settlements; this may be reflected in the place-name's etymology, where both Old Scandinavian vað has been coupled with its English translation,'ford'. Alternatively, the first element may be a Scandinavianised form of original Old English gewæd, with the same meaning, or else Old English wāþ'hunting'. In 1066 the local Saxon lord is recorded as Thor, a common Scandinavian name that may have dated back to the Viking invasions of several centuries prior; the first known recording of the affairs of Watford village is in the Domesday Book of 1086.
At that time Watford was considered a large village with a population that could have been more than 100 people. By 1086 the Saxons had been ousted by the Normans and Gilbert the Cook was Lord and Tenant-in-Chief of Watford and another parish. Baldwin was the son and successor of Gilbert in the reign of King Henry I. By the time Baldwin died in the first year of Henry II, Watford was held by the Barony of Brunn, held by Baldwin; the Barony and Watford with it passed to the husband of one of Baldwin's daughters, Hugo Wac, who became the Baron of Brunn succeeding his wife's father. Watford has extensive settlement remains for an earlier form of the village in the medieval era. There is a stone building, remains of gardens, traces of medieval dwellings, house-sites, etc. Additionally, there are reconstructed cottages from this era; the significance of the medieval village remains at Watford is underscored by the adjoining ridge and furrow, evidence of an extensive medieval cultivation system which provided rich, well-drained land for crop planting.
It is known nationally for its proximity to the Watford Gap motorway service station. The phrase "North of the Watford Gap" is used light-heartedly to describe areas of Great Britain that are north of London, it is used in a generic/pseudo-sociological sense to distinguish'the South' from'Northern' England, or at least where Southern England is thought to'end'. The phrase may refer to the village being traditionally an important waypoint on the old east-west and north-south coaching routes; this was the point where the main north-south road and canal routes came together at a gap in the hills known as Watford Gap. Watford gives its name to the Watford Locks on the Grand Union Canal. Christadelphians have been using the village hall for meetings since the 2000s; the Historic England website contains details of 21 listed buildings and one scheduled monument in the parish of Watford. All of the listed buildings are Grade II except for St Peter & St Paul's Church, Grade I; the properties concerned include: St Peter & St Paul's Church, Church Street Tile House, Main Street Watford Park: Remains of an 18th-century garden overlying the shrunken medieval village of Watford and associated ridge and furrow cultivation.
Pilgrim Father Thomas Rogers was born in Watford about 1572. He was the son of his wife Eleanor, he married Alice Cosford at Watford in 1597 and had six children baptised there between 1599 and 1613. The family joined the Separatist Church in Leiden, the Netherlands sometime after 1613. Thomas Rogers became a citizen of Leiden on 25 June 1618 and records state he was a merchant of camlet cloth, it is possible Alice Rogers died sometime before 1620 since, per 1622 records, a woman named Elizabeth his second wife, cared for the Rogers children left behind when Thomas and his son Joseph sailed for the New World. Thomas Rogers and his son Joseph, about age 18, went to North America on the Pilgrim ship Mayflower in 1620, while his other children remained in the Netherlands; some of those children are known to have gone to New England. Thomas died, as did many others on the ship, that first winter in Plymouth Colony, 1620-21, his son Joseph survived to live a long life as a person of note in the colony.
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Jerry Ray Watford was an American football player who played two seasons with the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in the eighth round of the 1953 NFL Draft, he played college football at the University of Alabama and attended Gadsden High School in Gadsden, Alabama. Just Sports Stats
Gwen Watford was an English actress. She twice won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and the 1981 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for Noël Coward's play Present Laughter, her film appearances included Cleopatra, Taste the Blood of Cry Freedom. She was married to actor Richard Bebb from 1952 until her death in 1994. Born in London, Watford attended an independent school in Hastings where her father, a retired army officer, ran a public house, she trained at the Old Vic. Watford made her film debut playing Lady Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher. Other films include Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, The Very Edge, Taste the Blood of Dracula and Cry Freedom, she died from cancer in London in 1994, aged 66. She won a Society of Film and Television Arts Television award in 1958, again in 1965 for Best Performance by an Actress in Television, she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award in 1982 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Present Laughter. Gwen Watford on IMDb Gwen Watford at the Internet Broadway Database
Christian Ramon Watford is an American professional basketball player for the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Indiana University. Watford played high school basketball at Shades Valley High School in the Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Irondale where he graduated from in 2009 with a 3.5 GPA. As a junior, he averaged 14 rebounds; as a senior, he averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds and helped guide them to a 26-6 season and was named to the Birmingham News Super Senior team. After his senior year, ESPN ranked Watford 26th overall and 4th small forward in the nation in the 2009 class, he was ranked the 34th overall recruit by Rivals.com and the 6th small forward, while Scout.com ranked him 72nd overall and the 15th small forward. On September 9, 2008, Watford committed to play for Indiana University under Coach Tom Crean, turning down offers from Alabama and Memphis. Upon committing he said of Indiana, "They have a real good basketball tradition there and I think coach Crean is going to come in and restore the program.
I just like their tradition. It's Indiana, you know." In his freshman year at Indiana, the 2009-10 season, Watford had an immediate impact and was one of only two players to start all 31 games. He led the team in total blocks and double-doubles, he was the top Big Ten Conference freshman in scoring and free throw percentage. At the conclusion of the season he was selected to the All-Big Ten Freshman team by the league coaches and named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by Sporting News and FoxSports.com. In his sophomore year at Indiana, the 2010-11 season, Watford played in 29 games and started in 28 but had to miss three games after breaking his hand, he finished 10th in the league in scoring with 16 points per game and was second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage at 84.3 percent. In his junior year at Indiana, the 2011–12 season, Watford averaged 12.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 28.4 minutes per game. He averaged 41.6 % from 81.5 % from the free throw line. On December 10, 2011, Indiana defeated top-ranked Kentucky at the last second on a 3-pointer by Watford, giving the Hoosiers a stunning 73-72 upset victory.
Watford finished the game with 5 rebounds while going 4 for 6 on 3-pointers. Watford's last second shot sent Indiana fans crowding around players. Kentucky's loss was their only one of the regular season and prevented them from matching a record last set by Indiana's 1975–76 team; the shot was named the 2012 GEICO Play of the Year. Video of Indiana fans reacting to the shot around the country went viral. After the game Watford said, "I haven't felt anything like that. It's the most memorable moment of my life of my career." The Hoosiers earned a number four seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and defeated New Mexico State in the second round. After defeating VCU in the third round, the Hoosiers lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen. At the end of the season Watford was named to the NCAA's All-South Region Team. Although reports suggested Watford would enter the 2012 NBA draft, he opted instead to return and play for the Hoosiers. In a statement issued by the Indiana Athletic Department, he said, "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to complete my degree and to continue restoring the winning tradition at IU.
I believe in Coach Crean and our staff and I am eager to lead my new teammates and build on what we started." He entered the season as the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten with 1,287 points. Due in part to Watford's leadership, the Hoosiers finished the 2012-13 season as the outright Big Ten champions, he averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 48.6% from the three-point line, which ranked tops in the Big Ten ahead of his teammate Jordan Hulls. Watford shot 82% from the free throw line, ranking third in the league and ninth in rebounding; the coaches and media named him a Third Team All-Big Ten honoree. Indiana earned a number 1 seed, went on to defeat James Madison and Temple University, before falling to Syracuse in the Sweet 16. Watford earned his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sports broadcasting in May 2013. After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Watford joined the Indiana Pacers for the Orlando Summer League and the Dallas Mavericks for the Las Vegas Summer League.
On July 30, 2013, he signed with Hapoel Eilat of Israel for the 2013–14 season. In 37 games, he averaged 5.2 rebounds per game. In July 2014, Watford joined the Detroit Pistons for the Orlando Summer League and the Golden State Warriors for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Boston Celtics. However, he was waived by the Celtics on October 27, 2014. Four days he was acquired by the Maine Red Claws as an affiliate player. On March 4, 2015 he was traded to the Reno Bighorns in exchange for the returning player rights to DeQuan Jones. On March 28, Watford was waived by Reno. On October 31, 2016, Watford was reacquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. On January 27, 2017, he was traded to the Raptors 905. In the summers of 2015,'16, 2017, Watford played in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN for team Armored Athlete, he competed for the $2 million prize, helped take team Armored Athlete to the West Regional Championship, where they lost to Team Challenge ALS 75-63. In TBT 2018, he played for Eberlein Drive.
Eberlein Drive made it to the championship game. Watford is the son of Ernest and Belinda Watford, has a sister, a brother, Trendon. Indiana bio DraftExpress.com Profile
Watford (UK Parliament constituency)
Watford is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Richard Harrington, a member of the Conservative Party. Before the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 the area was part of the three-seat constituency of Hertfordshire. Upon this act, it took up the western division of the county. Political historyThe seat has been a bellwether of the national result since February 1974, since 1945 has only voted against the winning party twice: in 1951 and 1970. Watford saw considerable Liberal Democrat opposition in 2005, achieving second place, taking many Labour votes with the Conservative candidate close behind. Before the 2010 general election it was a three-way marginal seat in which local Tories, Labour supporters and Liberal Democrats aimed to garner support for their candidate; this election in Watford was won by Richard Harrington with 34.9% of the vote. The Liberal Democrats narrowly missed out on the seat with 32.4% of the vote and the defeat for Labour's candidate, Claire Ward, was a pronounced change with 26.7% of the vote.
In 2015, the result saw a increased majority for Harrington of more than 9,000 votes over Labour, whilst the Liberal Democrats fell back to third. The 2017 election saw Labour cut the Conservative majority to 2,092. Prominent frontbenchersDennis Herbert was Deputy Speaker from 1931 to 1943. Major John Freeman was only a third-tier minister in the War Office as MP, his unusually prominent positions in diplomacy led to his being appointed a member of the Privy Council and thereby being Rt Hon as of 1966. Tristan Garel-Jones was Minister for Europe for three years of the Major ministry. Both Herbert and Garel-Jones opted as peers in life to use Watford as the territorial designation of their peerages. Watford has a considerable service sector economy, with several notable headquarters, engineering, trade-craft and distribution in its economy, however is a commuter town to the City of London. British Waterways, J D Wetherspoon, Camelot Group, manufacturers of commercial vehicles; the borough is the UK base of many multinationals including C. H. Robinson, Total Oil, TK Maxx, Costco and Beko appliances.
International golf tournaments such as the 2006 World Golf Championship have taken place at The Grove hotel. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 3.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. 1885–1918: Parts of the Sessional Division of Watford and Dacorum. The constituency was established by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 as one of four Divisions of the abolished three-member Parliamentary County of Hertfordshire, was formally named as the Western or Watford Division of Hertfordshire, it included the towns of Watford, Hemel Hempstead and Tring. 1918–1950: The Urban Districts of Bushey, Chorleywood and Watford, the Rural District of Watford parishes of Aldenham, Rickmansworth Rural and Watford Rural. Aldenham transferred from St Albans. Northern half of constituency, including Hemel Hempstead and Tring transferred to the new Hemel Hempstead Division. 1950–1983: Reconstituted as a Borough Constituency comprising the Municipal Borough of Watford.
Remainder of the constituency formed the bulk of the new County Constituency of South West Hertfordshire. 1983–1997: The Borough of Watford, the District of Three Rivers wards of Abbots Langley and Leavesden, the District of St Albans wards of Park Street and St Stephens. Abbots Langley and Leavesden transferred from South West Hertfordshire and Park Street and St Stephens from the abolished County Constituency of South Hertfordshire. 1997–present: The Borough of Watford, the District of Three Rivers wards of Abbots Langley, Carpenders Park, Langleybury and Oxhey Hall. Three wards further wards in the Three Rivers District transferred from South West Hertfordshire. Park Street and St Stephens transferred to St Albans; the constituency comprises the whole of the Borough of Watford, together with five wards from Three Rivers District. Two of the Three Rivers wards, Carpenders Park and Oxhey Hall, are to the south of Watford town and include prosperous, commuter villages; the remaining three, Abbots Langley and Leavesden, are to the north of Watford, the first of, a large village, is mixed in character and levels of income.
The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies in September 2018. If these proposals are approved by Parliament they will reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and come into effect at the next UK general election, due to take place in May 2022 under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011; the Commission has recommended that Abbotts Langley and Leavesden, together with the northern-most Borough of Watford ward of Woodside, be transferred to St Albans. To compensate, South Oxhey, to the south of Watford, would be transferred from South West Hertfordshire. Background to Conservative candidatesIn July 2007 former candidate Ali Miraj, a candidate for Aberavon in 2001, was dropped from the candidates list by the Conservative party after he complained about David Cameron's leadership style and demanded a peerage; the public selected his former campaign manage
Warwick is a rural township in Lambton County, Canada, with a population of 3717. Bisected by the Egremont Road, surveyed to link London with the Lake Huron shoreline in 1832, the township began to attract settlers including those helped by charitable organizations, such as Lord Sheffield's Petworth settlers, retired soldiers from the British Army. A village by the same name was surveyed within the township; the larger village of Watford was established to the southeast of Warwick Village when the Great Western Railway was established in the 1850s. Watford became an incorporated village in 1873 while parts of Warwick were removed for municipal purposes when the villages of Forest and Arkona were incorporated in the 1870s. With municipal restructuring in 2001, Watford and Warwick were merged. While agriculture remains a mainstay the township's location between the cities of London and Sarnia means that residents find work in these larger centres. Starting in 2005 a group of volunteers worked to research and write a detailed history of the township and collect a substantial archive of historical materials.
The resulting project was published as The Township of Warwick: A Story Through Time in 2008. Subsequently, an archives of the materials was established at the Lambton Room in Ontario. In addition to Warwick and Watford, the township includes the smaller communities of Birnam and Wisbeach. Watford was first settled in 1851 at what was known as Brown's Corners, a stagecoach stop between the village of Warwick and Brooke Township; the Great Western Railway was built in 1856 and caused the settlement to be relocated near the tracks, in its present location. It was incorporated as the village of Watford in 1873. Watford was either named for the Watford in England, or by Col. Brown for his home town of Watford, Ireland. There was a great fire in the 1880s on November 5 that destroyed much of the town during a Guy Fawkes Night celebration. In 1972 Watford Roof Truss started manufacturing wood trusses for delivery in the Southwestern Ontario and Southern Michigan markets. Watford Roof Truss is still a major employer in the town.
In 2009 the township of Warwick made a deal with Toronto that this small town would get a couple of million dollars every year for holding their garbage. Population trend: Population in 2006: 3945 Population in 2001: 4025 Population total in 1996: 4095 Warwick: 2481 Watford: 1660 Population in 1991: Warwick: 2519 Watford: 1524 The current mayor is Jackie Rombouts List of townships in Ontario Media related to Warwick, Ontario at Wikimedia Commons Township of Warwick