If you were looking to buy a new pair of shoes in the 1980s, you may have visited this shop in Watford High Street. The building it occupied replaced a key part of the history of the Watford Observer.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with its friends at Watford Museum to look back at structures, objects or businesses from the town’s past that have either disappeared or been relocated and this week we look back at the history of 101 High Street.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “This photo was taken in the 1980's when 101 High Street was Manfield shoe shop. I believe at one stage Freeman Hardy & Willis had this shop but at the time of this photograph, they were on the other side of Loates Lane.

Watford Observer: The Watford Observer offices at 101 High StreetThe Watford Observer offices at 101 High Street (Image: Bob Nunn Collection/Watford Museum)

“This modern-style building was built in the 1960s and replaced an older brick building that had been the home of the Watford Observer's offices. At an earlier period, in the 1880s, it had been occupied by Watford Corn Stores.

Watford Observer: How 101 High Street looked in August 2021How 101 High Street looked in August 2021 (Image: Google Street View)

“The alleyway with people queuing up to buy at a greengrocer's stall used to be the entrance to Waterman's builder's yard.”

Visit the Museum Facebook page or website www.watfordmuseum.org.uk to see more historic photos.