Imagine being a widow, looking after three children and running a pub at the same time. That would be tough today but Susan Lovegrove did this in Watford more than a century ago when it seems one of her sons was a talented sportsman.

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

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "The Hit or Miss was at 274 Lower High Street which was almost opposite Ausdens.

"The pub was first named the Carpenter's Arms when it opened around 1850 as the landlord, George Clarke, was also a journeyman carpenter.

"By the 1870s it had been renamed the Hit or Miss and was run by Susan Lovegrove. She was widowed and had her three youngest children with her.

"In the 1891 Census, her youngest son Thomas, by then aged 24, was described as being a cricketer.

"Unfortunately I have not discovered which team he played for but it may have been fairly large one as he would have stated some other occupation for the census."

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