The telephone exchange is one of Watford’s best-known buildings but it is relatively young compared to some structures in the town.

The Watford Observer is delighted to share pictures from the archive at Watford Museum and this week the focus is on this scene from the late 1950s.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “In 1956 a new telephone exchange, shown on the left of this image, was built and soon afterwards a new road was completed.

Watford Observer: A modern-day view of the sceneA modern-day view of the scene (Image: Google Street View)

“The new road linked Market Street to Upton Road by using a pre-existing part of Marlborough Road for some of its length and was logically named Exchange Road.

“In this photo, the vans belong to Keans Ltd whose factory was on the left of this view, and in the far distance the buildings in Market Street can be seen.”

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