HIGH STREET, WATFORD.
Watford is an old market too n in the south-west of the county of Hertfordshire, close to a ford over the Colne, from which circumstance it derives its name. The broad High Street is quite a sight on market days, when there is a lively business done in corn and live stock. Straw-plaiting, paper-making, wood turning, malting, and various other industries are carried on in the neighbourhood and the little town has been able to boast a Public Library and a School of Science and Art ever since 1874. At Watford is the London Orphan Asylum, a 1arge building in the E1izabethan style, surrounded by extensive grounds. The town is served by the London and North Western Railway Company , which has here a junction.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896