Whether you had travelled from the direction of Rickmansworth, St Albans, London or Berkhamsted as the sign post shows, this was the scene that would have greeted you at the Town Hall end of Watford High Street in the mid-1930s.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive - this week it's this image of some newly-built shops.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "When this photo was taken, the stretch of six shops directly behind the sign post were so new that only one of them is occupied. The rest do not even have their windows, only a wooden fencing with 'To Let' signs.

"We know that the building was erected in 1935/6 so this photograph must be taken very near to this date.

"The sign post is on the roundabout where the High Street meets St Albans Road and Rickmansworth Road."

Watford Museum has now reopened to the public. Admission is free but book first – call 01923 232297 or email info@watfordmuseum.org.uk. For more information, visit www.watfordmuseum.org.uk