Memories of The Fox pub and alley in Watford High Street

Many pubs in Watford have disappeared over the years and this week we remember one whose earliest known landlord had another job.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive – this week its The Fox pub.

The museum’s volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: “The Fox Public House was at 206 High Street which is roughly opposite the fire station.

“The pub is believed to have opened around 1854, the earliest known landlord was George Colley. As well as a beer house keeper George was also a blacksmith.

“This 1930’s photograph includes an alley, known as Fox Alley, and shows a number of buildings so it is possible that he had a workshop or forge behind the pub.

Watford Observer:

A 1930’s map showing the location of the pub

“The pub closed in 1956 and eventually this building and those adjacent were demolished.”

Watford Museum is open Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. No booking is necessary but Covid prevention measures are still in place to keep visitors safe.

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