The land is now occupied by housing but in the past passengers using Watford High Street station had the option of visiting a pub next door to enjoy a drink before or after making their train journey.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive - this week remembering the Railway Tavern.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "The Railway Tavern is not the name this pub started with when it was opened in 1854 and may simply have been 'somebody’s' beer house.

"The current High Street station was opened next to the pub in 1862 and by 1871 the pub had been renamed and was run by George Foreman, a carpenter journeyman and licenced victualler. By 1881 Henry Robertson was landlord and remained there into the early 1900s.

"This photograph shows the pub around 1920 but in 1937 the front must have needed at lot of repairs after a car had ‘had an argument’ with a bus and crashed into the building.

"This image comes from an official town guide and is one of many Watford photographs produced by Gregg Couper & Co."

Watford Observer:

A modern-day view of the scene. Picture: Google Street View

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