Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom


🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Watford is a town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, 15 miles north-west of London, on the River Colne. Initially a small market town, the Grand Junction Canal encouraged the construction of paper-making mills, print works, and breweries. While industry has declined in Watford, its location near London and transport links has attracted several companies to site their headquarters in the town. Cassiobury Park is a public park that was once the manor estate of the Earls of Essex.

The town developed next to the River Colne on land belonging to St Albans Abbey. In the 12th century, a charter was granted allowing a market. The Grand Junction Canal in 1798 and the London and Birmingham Railway in 1837 resulted in Watford's rapid growth, with paper-making mills such as John Dickinson at Croxley, influencing the development of printing in the town. Two brewers, Benskins and Sedgwicks, amalgamated and flourished in the town until their closure in the late 20th century. Hertfordshire County Council designates Watford to be a major sub-regional centre.

Watford is a major regional centre in the northern home counties. Hertfordshire County Council designates Watford and Stevenage to be its major sub-regional centres, heading its list of preferred sites for retail development.

The High Street is the main focus of activity at night having a high concentration of the town's bars, clubs and restaurants. The primary shopping area is the Harlequin Shopping Centre, a large purpose-built indoor mall with over 140 shops, restaurants and cafes which is very popular (it was one of top 20 places to shop in the UK in 2019).

The town contains the head offices of a number of national companies such as J D Wetherspoon, Camelot Group, Bathstore, and Caversham Finance (BrightHouse). Watford is also the UK base of various multi-nationals including Hilton Worldwide, Total Oil, TK Maxx, Costco, JJ Kavanagh and Sons, Vinci and Beko. Both the 2006 World Golf Championship and the 2013 Bilderberg Conference, took place at The Grove hotel.

Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom 
<b>Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom</b>
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Watford has a population of over 287,000 people. It is estimated there are around 8,085 businesses in Watford.

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  • Henry Edward (H.E.) Clifford |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Architect/Painter Henry Edward (H.E.) Clifford is associated with Watford. Clifford was elected a Fellow of the RIBA in 1906.

  • George Hubbard |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect George Hubbard is associated with Watford. He was twice Vice-President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.  

  • Harold Wolseley Spicer |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇿🇦 Architect Harold Wolseley Spicer is associated with Watford. He worked for the Public Works Department in Natal until 1917 when he moved to Johannesburg.

  • Percy William Barnett |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect Percy William Barnett is associated with Watford. His design was submitted to the Daily Mail Architects Competition for Labour-Saving Bungalows in 1922.

  • Victor Francis Knowles |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect Victor Francis Knowles is associated with Watford. His bungalow design was Highly Commended in the Daily Mail Competition 1922.

  • Brian Hadwin Peake |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect Brian Hadwin Peake is associated with Watford.

  • Peter Denham Smithson |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect Peter Denham Smithson is associated with Watford. The Smithsons joined the Independent Group of the ICA in London in 1952.

  • Joseph John Crowe |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect Joseph John Crowe is associated with Watford. Hw was elected an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (ARIBA) in 1913.

  • Ashby Bray Tabb |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect/Interior Decorator Ashby Bray Tabb is associated with Watford.

  • John Francis Bentley |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect/Stained Glass Designer/Metalworker John Francis Bentley is associated with Watford. In 1898 he was invited to the United States to advise on the design and construction of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Brooklyn.

  • Andrew Whitford Anderson |

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect Andrew Whitford Anderson is associated with Watford. He was awarded the RIBA Silver Medal for Drawing in 1884

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