A housing development now stands on the site of this former pub that seems to have been originally named after a politician widely regarded as one of the greatest prime ministers in British history.

The Watford Observer has again partnered with its friends at Watford Museum to look back at structures, objects or businesses from the town’s past that have either disappeared or been relocated and this week the focus is on a former pub in Croxley Green.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “Pub buildings sometimes survive closure, but in the case of the Duke of York on Watford Road in Croxley Green, only a reference to its name survives in Dukes Place.

“I understand the pub had opened c1869 and was first known as The Gladstone Arms.

Watford Observer: The name of the pub survives through Dukes PlaceThe name of the pub survives through Dukes Place (Image: Google Street View)

“A name change may have occurred in association with nearby Yorke Road. Watford Road is long, so people may have talked about the pub 'near to Yorke Road'.

“On the building in this photograph is the date 1897 and is perhaps when the name changed.”

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