By Chris Guy posted on 17 Sep 2023 in Urban

Watford, Hertforshire

I grew up in in the 1970s and 1980s in Abbots Langley, a village 5 miles north of Watford. In 1985 and 1986 I was studying 'A' level photography at Watford College on Water Lane. The majority of the photographs here were shot in either '84 or '85. The black & white images were processed in my darkroom at the family home.

I've recently re-scanned them from the original negatves and happy to post them here. The high street has changed a bit since the 80's!

Please note all the images are copyright © Chris Guy. If you wish to use any of the images please get in touch.

Watford High Street 1985

Harveys, Watford High Street 1985

Queens Road

Queens Road 1984


Jewellers window, 1984

Queens Road

Cycle rack outside Littlewoods. Queens Road, 1984

Watford Market

Watford Market, inside Charter Place, 1984

Supermarket entrance

Supermarket entrance, Charter Place, 1984

Charter Place

Collecting the trolleys. Charter Place. 1984

Charter Place

British Home Stores. First floor, Charter Place, 1984

Charter Place

Beechen Grove Baptist Church from the Charter Place car park

Watford Palace

Outside Watford Palace Theatre, 1985


Sainsbury's Supermarket, Watford 1984


Our Price

Our Price Records, Watford High Street 1984

Our Price

Our Price Records, Watford High Street 1984


Interior of Woolworths, 1984


Shoppers on the high street, 1984


Shop window reflections


Shop window manequins


Unipart, car accessories shop

Watford one-way

Watford one-way system from the roof of Charter Place, 1985

Clarendon Road

Clarendon Road, Watford 1985

Car Park

Multi-Storey car park detail, Watford 1985

Watford cityscape

Watford cityscape, 1985

Charter Place

Charter Place shopping centre, Watford 1985

Beechen Grove

Beechen Grove, Watford 1985

Black cat

Black Cat, Watford 1985

Traffic Waden


Shopfitting, 1984


Shoppers, Watford 1984


Tizer the Appetizer - Sainsbury's 1984

Window dressing

Window dressing, Watford High Street 1984

Watford High Street

Watford High Street, 1984

Metropolitan line

The Metropolitian Line at Watford

Metropolitan line

The Metropolitian Line at Watford

Baileys Nightclub

Queue for Baileys nightclub. Watford 1984

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