The building was demolished to make way for a dual carriageway but this week’s picture from the Watford Museum archive remembers a pub that stood next to the canal – The Halfway House.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “The Halfway House was where the Watford and Rickmansworth roads met at Cassio Bridge and the pub itself was situated between the Grand Union Canal and the River Gade. This photograph, above, was taken at the beginning of the 1900s when the pub's landlord was Henry Colebrooke - he had been running the pub for at least ten years.

Watford Observer:

The Halfway House in the snow in the 1960s prior to the road widening

“Originally the pub must have served those travelling by boat and working at the wharf as there were few private houses close by. However, by 1909, it appears that there were enough regulars to form a quoits team and host matches at the pub. I assume there was also quoits league as results of the games were published in the Watford Observer!

Watford Observer:

A 1950's map showing the location of the pub

“Sadly the pub was demolished when the road over the canal and river were widened in the 1960s.”

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