This picture from the Watford Museum archive is more than 100 years old and is certainly showing its age, but it may rekindle memories of the painted adverts once seen at Bushey Arches.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "This lovely little snap of a horse-drawn bus is looking through Bushey Arches to the Oxhey side. It’s quite unusual as the majority of older images in our collection look in the opposite direction.

"I think the image was taken between 1905 and 1910. Until relatively recently painted advertising signs on the arches, seen at the far right of this image, existed.

Watford Observer:

Bushey Arches in 2005, from Eastbury Road, showing the old painted sign on the wall

"It may be that this view is a record of the last days of a route operated by the Watford Horse Omnibus company, a service which ceased in 1908 due to competition with L&NW motor buses.

"The main adverts on this bus are for two local drapers. Both Steabben’s and Frank Moore's shops would have been well known in the town."

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