It is now the home of Peace Hospice Care but one of Watford's most recognisable buildings was the town's hospital for much of its near 100-year existence.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive - this week looking back to when the Peace Memorial Hospital was built.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "The foundation stone for the Peace Memorial Hospital was laid by Lord Clarendon in July 1923 and the hospital opened by Princess Mary in June 1925.

"In this photograph, the building looks almost complete so it may have been taken in early 1925.

"The hospital - which was built as a memorial to those killed in World War 1 - cost £90,000 and was paid for by subscription and fundraising.

"It receiving its first patients, transferred from the Watford District Hospital, a week after the opening ceremony.

"The hospital was closed in 1986 and patients transferred to Shrodells in Vicarage Road."

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