January 26, 1973

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Nostalgia Editor

Archaeologists digging just behind the building line of Watford High Street have unearthed the earliest recorded medieval coin yet found in Watford.

Experts have identified it as a silver penny of Edward I, minted at Reading in 1279.

With other 13th Century finds it was recovered by members of the Watford and South-West Herts Archaeological Society in an area of the town which may have been near the centre of medieval Watford.

Mr B.F. Rawlins, director of the excavation, says that ... it is now possible to begin to draw a plan of 13th Century Watford.

[From the Watford Observer of January 26, 1973]

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