If you were looking to buy homeware or household furnishings as a Christmas gift in the past, there is a strong chance you may have visited this shop in Watford.

Many of us will be visiting the town centre to buy our gifts in the build up to December 25, but many of the shops we remember fondly have changed or disappeared altogether.

Read more: A snapshot of how Watford High Street looked 25 years ago

With the help of Watford Museum and its volunteer archivist Christine Orchard, we are looking back at some of those favourite shops and High Street scenes so many of us remember as the countdown to Christmas Day continues.

Today’s town centre memory is a picture taken by this newspaper in December 1996 of a shop that was part of a brand founded by designer Sir Terence Conran in the 1960s, Habitat.