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Watford at work
includes printing and brewing 

Did you know that the two main industries in Watford’s past were printing and brewing?

In its heyday Watford was actually the largest centre for printing in Europe. Printing companies included Sun and Odnams. Brewing was an important industry in Watford, Benskins Brewery became the biggest of the breweries in the area. Joseph Benskin bought the brewery and mansion that is now Watford Museum in 1867, but brewing on this site goes back to the 18th Century

We have exhibitions about both these industries at Watford Museum


Printing information sheet 

Important people in Printing 

Print worksheet


Brewery colouring  

Discover more about printing, brewing, trade and industry in our photo collections