There is a pub in St Albans Road called The Prince George but to several generations of people from Watford it will always be remembered by a former name.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive - this week it’s this early image of the Leviathan.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “The Prince George pub at the corner of Bedford Street and St Albans Road, was first named the Leviathan Steamer, although it was not as large as it is today.

“This photograph, which comes from a street directory of Watford, shows the original building at a period when it had a little single-storey grocers shop next to it.

“The pub was constructed around 1838 or 1839 by Henry Parsons, a brewer, and was one of the earliest buildings on St Albans Road being near to Watford’s first railway station.

“The pub is believed to have been given the original name after a class of new transatlantic steam ships, although it soon became known as just the Leviathan.

“When the pub was rebuilt around 1928 it was extended and took over the plot of land occupied by the grocers.

“The new building was given a black and white tudor-style which, although repainted, still exists today.”

Watford Museum is now open Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. No booking is necessary but Covid prevention measures are still in place to keep visitors safe.