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Nurses line up outside the District Nurses' Home in Alexandra Road, Watford, shortly after it opened in June 1940

Healthcare without any NHS

St Marys Church on Watford High Street has been standing for more than 800 years

Anglo-Saxon memories

Rickmansworth in the early twentieth century, where George Orwell spent the summer of 1921

George Orwell's hot summer

Picture courtesy of www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk

Royal palace's grisly heritage

The Grand Union Canal passes through Cassiobury Park

Ghostly goings on in county

The entrance to Croxley Green railway station today. Militant Suffragettes were blamed when the station was destroyed by fire in 1913.

Fight for women's vote

Image courtesy of Chris Reynolds of www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk

Bushey's Bavarian folly

The John Lewis store today

Major retailer's roots in town

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Her reprieve never came


The Warner Bros. Studios

THE GROVE GV (38236746)

History of the Grove


The spy who changed the world


The Earls of Essex

Town's gruesome past

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

Watford observed - some past July stories

The Queen Mother visits RAF Bentley Priory

The Queen Mother visits RAF Bentley Priory

The cover of the 1937 edition.

Takeover leads to demise of Benskin's magazine

Queues, rats and subsidence

The History of Watford Workhouse

The 1896 Shand Mason steam fire engine. You can see it at one of the Watford Fire Station open days, the next of which is on August 8 – but, sadly, without the horses.

Chance to see piece of history

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

Watford observed - more past July stories

Excitement over orbital rail route plan

That sinking feeling

That sinking feeling

Benskin's magazine's hidden delights

Watford observed - more past July stories

Teacup emergency! Call the fire brigade!

The cameras whirr for the last time as “Action” prepares to sail.

Reality show floats off into the sunset

'We'd prefer not to pay'

'We'd prefer not to pay'

Intrepid cyclist John Winstone, pictured in 1962 after his four-year, 40,000-mile trip.

'Radioactive' bricks returned

Watford observed - more past July stories

Watford observed - more past July stories

Coco the Clown in Watford in 1970

Coco's in town

Actress and dancer Sandra Hale, who in 1982 held classes in the new-fangled keep fit craze “aerobics”.

The latest keep fit craze

Ray Groves and son Lee in July 1984

Cup final ticket loss not the end of the story

Singer songwriter Julie Felix, interviewed in 1988 and pictured here by former Watford Observer photographer Marc Aspland.

'A lot of us got disillusioned...'

Watford observed - some past July stories

Richard and Liz's debt to Chorleywood teenager

The days of firemen past

The days of firemen past

Mrs and Miss Garlick.

The right to buy and the race for space


Watford observed - more June stories

Let it be, one last time

Philip Norcott with Mitsy and her ferret family.

Mitsy's litter may be a record

Pre-season trip to China sees Watford FC reign supreme

Watford observed - more June stories

Hollywood star visits, uh, 'Radlett'

Richard Briers with ten-year-old Paul Cato of Mill End...

Celebrities out in force

Cassiobury during the Second World War.

Mysterious huts and the knife that came home

Looking back...

Watford observed - more June stories

The Abbey Flyer celebrates its 125th anniversary

Many years on the right tracks

Carlton manager Maureen Askew with The Monster, from Death Race 2000, in 1976. The movie starred David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone and, although not well-received by critics at the time, is these days considered something of a cult classic.

A cult classic in the making

Mona Blackman, the last of the clippies.

Planes, trains and automobiles with teeth


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