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 12th part of '50 events and dates that shaped Watford’ takes a brief look at the building of a landmark in the town, St Mary's Church.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "The construction of St Mary’s Church must have been quite an undertaking. It dates to at least the 12th century as masonry of this period was found during restoration in the 19th century.

"Naturally the exterior of the church we see today is an evolution of the original building. At various times there has been rebuilding and extension work.

Watford Observer:

"In 1871 the exterior of the church, which at that time did not have a flint facing, was repaired at a cost of £6,839. This illustration, above, dates to around 1830 and is a view from the High Street."

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