This picture of a yard in Watford is more than a century ago and was originally named after a pub that stood where a barber’s shop is today.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive – this week it’s of a passage leading to High Street.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “Crown Passage is between 158 and 160 High Street. This view from 1912, looks toward the High Street. Today you'd see a much widened Water Lane but at the time of this photo a shop was directly opposite.

“It was originally named Three Crowns Yard after the pub at 160 High Street, now occupied by Headhunters. The current name is not believed to be connected with the One Crown pub which still exists a few buildings along.

Watford Observer:

A 1994 view of High Street (Nos 152 - 158) showing the entrance of Crown Yard

“As with most of the yards leading from the High Street, the conditions had been poor. In 1849, George Thomas Clark, superintending inspector, described Crown Yard as being 'without drainage save a few open gutters, and have all open cesspools and ill-conditioned privies'.

"However, over the years improvements were made in all of the yards with some of the old buildings being demolished.”

Watford Observer:

A map showing the location of Crown Passage. The High Street runs from top left to bottom right

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.