This view of Watford High Street has changed significantly since this picture was taken more than 100 years ago but there are some features that appear to have remained largely unaltered.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive - this week it is a view of the entrance to St Mary's Church.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "This little picture was probably taken in the early 1900s.

"The single-storey shop behind the delivery cart sold cakes and chocolates - it is possible the gentleman with the long white apron worked there. He is stood at the entrance to the Vicarage and behind the cart is the narrower entrance to St Mary’s churchyard.

"This part of the High Street, which is not far from King Street, is quite narrow and it seems delivery vehicles had just as much trouble parking as they do today.

"This view looks quite different now as St Mary’s Church is easily accessed. The buildings are taller and the gates and fencing gone but the width of the entrance seems not to have changed."

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