The fire station in Watford is now located in Lower High Street but 100 years ago it could be found in the heart of the town.

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 recall the old fire station in High Street.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “A little over 100 years ago Watford's fire engines were horse-drawn. The first image shows the new fire station which opened in High Street in 1900. It was roughly where Gade House is today and was positioned next to Upton House which was used by Watford Council.

Watford Observer: Watford fire station c1912Watford fire station c1912 (Image: Watford Museum)

“Around the time of opening, a new steam fire engine was acquired but by 1914 horse-power had given way to motor power.

“The station was in use until the early 1960s and was almost opposite a cinema.

Watford Observer: Another picture of the old fire stationAnother picture of the old fire station (Image: Watford Museum)

“I wonder how many youngsters queuing for a film hoped for the additional excitement of seeing and hearing the fire engines come out?”

Visit the Museum Facebook page or website to see more historic photos.