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Watford shopping 

Did you know a market has existed in Watford since the 12th Century?

The Harlequin centre was opened more than 35 years ago. John Lewis was still known as Trewins when it became the first shop to open its doors in the new shopping centre on Wednesday, August 15, 1990. Trewins had been trading on Queens Road since the 1880s where it began business as a draper.


Fictional diary entries from a woman working in Trewins in the 1920s

Find out more about Watford shops in the past

Discover more about Watford shopping in the past

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BFI film of Watford Street scene  late 1920’s

British Pathe film of Bank opens 'Drive in’ (Station Road)

BFI film of Day in Watford’s High Street 1976

YouTube film Marks and Spencer Watford, store opening Christmas Eve (1985)

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