This great picture dates back more than 85 years and shows the Watford pub located in the foreground of its brewery.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive - this week it is The Cricketers Arms.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "The Cricketers Arms was originally known as the Masons Arms after the trade of the first landlord.

"The pub’s name changed in 1860’s and by 1871 it was tenanted by John Bonham Ryder, beer house keeper with his young wife and their daughter, just 11 months old.

"The pub faced onto Watford Fields and could be reached either from Watford Field Road or down Fox Alley from the High Street – the Benskin brewery building beyond was located on the land behind Watford Museum.

"The photo is dated to 1935 and is part of the Museum’s Benskins pub photo collection."

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