Watford is one of the most interesting places in all of London with many things to do and to see making it a great place to live. It is a town in the north-west of London and a part of the Borough of Hertfordshire. It is 18 miles of Charing Cross and it's postcode district is WD. Nearby places include Abbots Langley, Carpenders Park, Hunton Bridge, Maple Cross, Letchmore Heath and Chipperfield, with Watford Rural and the Three Rivers District bordering in the south. According to the 2011 census the population is 120,960.
The area was built on an old Roman route that is echoed by the modern High Street. The town's origins stem from the Saxons and is named after the local ford. The Wat part of the name is unclear, as it could have several possible meanings. The first recorded mention of the town was in a charter in 1007 but it was not recorded in the Domesday Book. The area grew through trading and the opening of a market in 1100. In 1230 the parish church St. Mary the Virgin was built on the same land as a former Saxon church. Cassiobury and The Grove houses were built in the 17th century and expanded and developed over time. The Watford Grammar School for Boys opened in 1704 and still exists today. The Sparrows Heren Turnpike was built to improve routes in 1762. The Industrial Revolution had a major impact on Watford with the Grand Junction Canal opening in 1738 that allowed coal to be easily brought into the district which enabled the establishing of the Watford Gas and Coke Company in 1834. Paper mills subsequently opened that allowed for the advancement of printing techniques. The London and Birmingham Railway opened in 1838.
The primary retail building in Watford is the Harlequin Shopping Centre that homes over 140 stores, restaurants and cafes. There are many clubs and pubs in High Street and the town as a whole hosts many head offices of companies such as the Camelot Group, JD Weatherspoon and Mothercare. The Grove Hotel hosted the 2006 World Golf Championship. Watford General Hospital is expected to expand with a health campus and heliport. Transport links in Watford are impressive with the M1 and M25 nearby, several bus routes as well as railways and tube stations. Watford's design is perfect for cycling with several tracks specifically built for doing so. Regular coaches and shuttles link the area with Heathrow and Luton airport.
The local football team is Championship side Watford F. who have competed in the Premier League and the 1984 FA Cup final. Cassiobury Park is a large open space that won a Green Flag Award in 2007 and features several amenities. Watford Colosseum is a respected music hall that hosts all kinds of music events and has featured The Who, Oasis, the BBC Concert Orchestra and is used to recorded music for films including the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings trilogies. There are several other theatres in the area.
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