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 20th part of '50 events and dates that shaped Watford' looks back more than a century to the building of housing estate in north Watford - the Harebreaks.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "This image (at the top of this page), printed in the Watford Observer in 1921, shows one part of the new Harebreaks estate and the style of housing constructed by Watford’s Urban District Council as part of their post-war housing scheme.

Watford Observer:

Homes in The Square

"The article with the photograph mentions that the land for the estate was purchased at a cost of £27,500: 'Provisions are made for 875 houses and 30 shops and there are reserved sites for public buildings and a recreation ground. 110 houses are now occupied. The houses shown are of the parlour type and are let at 13s 6d exclusive of rates.'"

Watford Observer:


"The houses are described as 'facing St Albans Road' and I believe these houses are roughly opposite Windsor Road."

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.