The pens are full of sheep waiting to be sold - this was how Watford's livestock market looked around a century ago.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with the Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive.

This week's image shows Market Place onto High Street, from the corner of Market Street looking in the direction of Clarendon Road.

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The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "This image was probably taken around the time of World War One because there is an odd shaped vehicle beyond the sheep pens which is an army recruiting caravan. It’s likely that the photograph was taken on a Tuesday, as this was the usual day for the town’s livestock market.

"The size and shape of the shop buildings has changed several times since this image has been taken. But the landmark that remains is the white building with the big windows on the far left.

"On the right, the three-storey building with a painted wall sign was C Barton’s bakers shop and this is roughly where TGI Fridays is now."

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