The Watford Observer is again delighted to be teaming up with its friends at Watford Museum to take another journey back to the past to recall the key events and dates that helped shape the town’s future.

The seventh part of '50 events and dates that shaped Watford’ is a fascinating glimpse into how Watford celebrated Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee on 20th June 1887. In Watford, there was a tree planting ceremony, at the top of the town, of a young oak from the Cassiobury estate and many decorations throughout the town including a celebration arch which was positioned across the High Street right near Clarendon Road.

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The decorations in Lower High Street

"There was also a band with a parade of school children – each school’s students joined the parade when the band passed their school."

Watford Museum is now open Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. No booking is necessary but Covid prevention measures are still in place to keep visitors safe.