The picture at the top of this page dates from shortly after the Second World War and many of the buildings along this part of the road look similar today - with one very large exception.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive - this week recalling a giant gas holder in north Watford.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "This view comes from an official guide printed in 1948 which encouraged visitors to Hertfordshire - the photograph was produced by Greville Studios, a prominent Watford photographers.

"This view looks toward the Dome roundabout where the A41 meets St Albans Road. The appearance of the buildings along this stretch of St Albans Road is little changed today - the side road is Holland Gardens.

"The one thing missing today is the giant gas holder which was constructed to serve the area's new housing developments. It was positioned roughly where Asda's car park is today and being the first big structure in the area, explains why the junction is known as the Dome roundabout."

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