Watford is a
large town in Hertfordshire with a population of almost 80,000
people (over 120,000 when the neighbouring Three Rivers area is
taken in to account). The town is just 20 miles away from London and
the M25 motorway making commuting convinient by road.
Watford is on the River Colne and is the site of several large
supermarkets and chain stores. The name originates from "Watter's
Ford" which has been shortened over time.
The Industrial Revolution saw the town change from a mainly
agricultural community to an indsutrial town. At the start of the
19th century, The Grand Junction Canal provided effective transport
links as did the London to Birmingham Railway that opened a few
decades later. These transport links provided the catalyst for
Watford to grow during the 19th and 20th centuries in this industry.
The main shopping centre in Watfor is the Harlequin Shopping Centre
that houses around 150 shops and is the lagrest shopping centre in
Hertfordshire. Many large chains have retails space in the centre
including BHS, Virgin Megastore, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.
Outside, the main high street in Watford has grown as a popular area
for nightlife with many bars, pubs and nightclubs along the streets.
Collectively, the area has become known as the Cafe Quarter by
Many large companies have their offices or headquarters in Watford
or Hertfordshire including Iveco, Haden Young, TK Maxx, Sanyo and
the National Lottery operators, Camelot Group.
There are several popular places to visit in Watford including
Cassiobury Park, the grounds of Cassiobury House. The park is
recognised as won of the best green spaces in the country and won a
coveted Green Flag Award in the summer of 2007.
Other areas of interest include the Watford Palace Theatre that
produces and hosts dramas, pantomimes and comedy shows in the main
Watford Hight Street. The building itself is Edwardian and has
undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years.
The Watford Collosseum is a building renowned for super acoustics.
Many classical recording companies use the building to record their
work including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and major record
labels like Sony, BMG and EMI. The Lord of the Rings film
soundtracks were also recorded here.
The M25 motorway is the closest motorway to Watford and allows for
each commuting to London and the Midlands. By rail, the Watford
Junction, Watford High Street and North Watford train stations
operates services to London, Scotland and, via Clapham Junction,
there is even a train link to Gatwick Airport.
The closest airports are Heathrow Airport and Luton Airport. Direct
train services are available from Watford Junction Station to
Gatwick Airport to the south and Birmingham International Airport to
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