Origin of the name
Watford comes from the Saxon word Wath, which means as much as " hunt ". So does the city name as " The ford that was used for hunting ." The city's name was never changed over the years.
Watford is first mentioned in the 10th century. The Abbey of St Albans Watford dominated until the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII The estate remained until 1609 owned by the crown. In 1770 it belonged to the county of Essex. 1838, the Watford Junction Railway was opened. 2013 Bilderberg conference was held in Watford.
Watford printing industry ( since William Caxton ) and the automotive industry and is now a major service center.
Watford is from London can be reached in 20 minutes by train. Biggest railway station is Watford Junction. The city lies on the M1 Motorway.
- Germany Mainz ( Germany, Rhineland -Palatinate ), since 1956
- Italy Pesaro ( Italy)
- Russia Novgorod (Russia)
- United States Wilmington (USA, Delaware)
- France Nanterre (France)
Universities and schools
Watford has pre-school nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools, a college and a school of music. Its proximity to the capital, London, have some London universities and colleges - for example, the London School of Theology - set up branches in Watford.
The most important football club is the FC Watford playing in the Vicarage Road Stadium. Also, the rugby union club Saracens plays its home games from here.
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