Watford has come along way from its agricultural market town origins. Since the opening of the railway in 1837, linking London to the industrial centre of Birmingham, it has endured a dramatic expansion of people, businesses and subsequent roads, housing and schools.
The early attraction to the green fields and wooded countryside, away from industrial London, has been replaced by the attraction to its large shopping centre, The Harlequin. Watford also boasts a superb sports arena at Vicarage Road, which has hosted Premiership football action and is home to Watford Football Club.
Watford has a young, well-documented history and is also a colourful, diverse town. Use this page to discover more about the town, from current community news to local history and attractions.
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Local MP for Watford - Richard Harrington. Keep up to date with the work of local MP for Watford, Richard Harrington. Find out the latest news and information about issues that may affect you together with videos, speeches, surgery dates, photo gallery, blogs and how to contact your local MP Richard Harrington online.
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Current community news within government departments such as Health, Social Care, Education and Environment. Online services allow you to view licensing applications, make payments and report problems in your local area.
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Produced by Watford Museum, this website features personal histories of Watford by its varied residents, past and present. With news of forthcoming events and current community projects celebrating the town.
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Watford Colosseum is well-known for its fine acoustics within the main auditorium. In addition to concert events the Colosseum is also the perfect venue for conferences, exhibitions and product launches as well as weddings and private parties. Find out about forthcoming events and buy tickets online.
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Watford Palace Theatre hosts plays, musical evenings and a variety of other entertainments. Search the upcoming calendar of events and book tickets online.
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See latest scores and listen to commentary online. Find fixtures, results, previews and highlights. Fan homepage offers wallpapers, player profiles and online games.
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Current news, sport and features from Watford. With comprehensive directories for employment, property and leisure plus a useful What's On guide.
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Radio station aimed at Watford's vibrant youth scene, with information on presenters, shows, local talent and station history. Also includes facility to listen live online.
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This Watford FC sponsored service has helped over 64,000 people develop their skills since 2000, and is subsidised by both Herts County Council and the club. The web site contains further information about the centre, links to related sites, news, contact details and more.
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