Watford Timeline and conservation areas
People first passed through the area in the stone age , when it was better for hunting than farming due to the clay soil.
In the 12th century a market charter was granted by the Abbot of St Albans.
The 1800s saw the greatest and quickest changes to the town. The Grand Union Canal brought new goods and new industries like brewing started. The railways opened in 1837 and more people started to come to Watford to look for work
After World War II, Printing became the most important industry. Today the greatest employers in Watford are the service industries. People come to Watford to work and play
External webpages - Please note these links take you to external websites that are not the responsibility of Watford museum. Please watch yourself before sharing with others
YouTube film about the Centenary flag with Mayor Peter Taylor ( please note competition may now be closed , but the information is useful )