This Watford pub has long since gone but the building remains in its distinctive location to this day.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive - this week it's a pub that was once called King William IV.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "The King William pub was right at the end of the High Street, almost tucked under the viaduct at Bushey Arches. It actually predates the viaduct and originally seems to have been a beer house.

"By 1840, it was owned by John Dyson and at this time was known as the King William IV. Dyson died in the late 1860s and his brewing business and pubs were purchased by Joseph Benskin – this may have been when the pub’s name changed to the King William.

"The pub, had a number of landlords and I believe became known locally as the ‘King Billy’.

"It closed in 1959 but the building is still there and, up until recently, had been the premises of a tool hire company."

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