Watford

Watford is a town and borough in Hertfordshire England, situated 20 miles from Central London and lies between the bounds of the M25 motorway.

It was created as an urban district late in the 19th century, and became a municipal borough in 1922 by grant of a charter. In time it has grown and has become a major hub, with an estimated population of 79,600 by mid 2006.

Watford’s origins can be traced back to Anglo-Saxon times, and by the mid 18th century several big gentry houses were built in the area. It remained an agricultural community with some cottage industry but with the advent of the industrial revolution it grew into an industrial hub. Today it houses many national companies such as British Waterways, JD Wetherspoon, Iveco, the building services division of Balfour Beatty amongst others offering great employment opportunities to people living in the area.

Transport links are excellent- Watford is close to both the M1 and M25 motorways. It is also served by many buses routes which are operated by different companies. Rail links are also excellent connecting London to the North West of England, as well as having excellent direct links to East Croydon and Clapham Junction. London Underground also runs to Watford and is served by both the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines. There are also frequent bus and coach services which run to Heathrow and Luton airports.

Watford offers great educational opportunities, there are 6 linked pairs of infant schools and 14 primary schools, along with several high schools such as the Bushey Meads schools and the Watford Grammar School for Girls. As for further education the Watford campus of the West Herts college is situated just north of the High Street.

As for sporting facilities, it is home to Watford FC which reached the FA Cup Final in 1984. It is also home to the Watford Cheetahs American Football team.

Places of interest included Cassiobury Park, formed on the grounds of the old house, demolished in 1927 and consist of 190 acres of open space. Other places of interest include the Watford Colloseum, a hall of exceptional musical merit. Watford Palace theatre, which presents a selection of comedy and drama productions and the Pumphouse Theatre and Arts Centre.


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