This church remains a Watford landmark but the view of it has changed since this picture was taken more than a century ago.

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 photo of Beechen Grove Baptist Church that was taken c1914.

The museums volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "Beechen Grove Baptist Church, which is a distinctive landmark on the ring road/Clarendon Road corner, was built in 1887.

"This photograph was taken in Clarendon Road, but as the gated and metal fenced area shows, this was before today’s ring road.

Watford Observer:

An interior view of the church taken at harvest time and showing the church organ

"This gated area was associated with the Agricultural or Clarendon Hall, (later known as the Drill Hall) which was directly opposite the church. The sign beside the gate way states that it was used by the Watford Agricultural Hall company.

"Then around 1962 the current ring road was cut through the area joining Clarendon Road to Beechen Grove."

Watford Observer:

This 1914 Ordnance Survey map shows how the area looked almost 50 years before work began on building the ring road

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.