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The Grand Union Canal, allowed coal to be brought into the district and paved the way for industrial development.The Watford Gas and Coke Company was formed in 1834 and gas works built.

In the 12th century the Abbey was granted a charter allowing it to hold a market here and the building of St Mary's Church began.

The settlement's location helped it to grow, since as well as trade along this north-south through route it possessed good communications into the vale of St Albans to the east and into the Chiltern Hills along the valley of the River Chess to the west.

at nearby Croxley, influencing the development of printing in the town.

Two brewers, Benskins and Sedgwicks, amalgamated and flourished in the town until their closure in the late 20th century.

Watford's original railway station opened in 1837 on the west side of St Albans Road, a small, single-storey red-brick building.

It closed in 1858 when it was replaced by a new, larger station at Watford Junction approximately 200 metres (220 yd) further south-east.) is a town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, situated 15 miles (24 km) northwest of central London and inside the circumference of the M25 motorway.It is not to be confused with Watford, Northamptonshire which is 55 miles to the north.The town grew partly due to travellers going to Berkhamsted Castle and the royal palace at Kings Langley.A mansion was built at Cassiobury in the 16th century.The town grew modestly, assisted by travellers passing through to Berkhamsted Castle and the royal palace at Kings Langley.

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