Vicarage Road has been the home of Watford FC for 100 years but this fantastic aerial picture shows how the land looked before it became a football ground.

The Watford Observer is delighted to share pictures from the archive at Watford Museum and this week we look back to when the home of the Hornets was a gravel pit.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “This aerial view shows Vicarage Road, the hospital, and a large open gravel pit which in the early 1920s was developed into a brand-new stadium for Watford's football club.

Watford Observer: An aerial view of how Vicarage Road looked before Watford FC moved there

“It was created due to an investment by Benskin's and so the ground was opened by Col. Charles Healey of the brewery. The first game played here was against Millwall.

“Although the ground is not shown in the picture, the narrow white track above it is the approximate location of the newly named Yellow Brick Road.”

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