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Borough of Watford
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Watford

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Watford


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Geography
Status:Borough
Region:East of England
Admin. County:Hertfordshire
Area:
- Total
Ranked 347th
21.43 km²
Admin. HQ:Watford
ONS code:26UK
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2003 est.)
- Density
Ranked 291st
79,467
3,708 / km²
Ethnicity:86.0% White
8.2% S.Asian
2.7% Afro-Carib.
Politics
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Arms of Watford Borough Council


Watford Borough Council
http://www.watford.gov.uk/
Leadership:Mayor & Cabinet
Mayor:Dorothy Thornhill
(Liberal Democrats)
MP:Claire Ward

Watford is a town and district (styled as 'borough' due to the historical charter granted by Henry VIII) just to the north-west of London. Unlike most English districts, its council is led by a directly-elected mayor, currently Dorothy Thornhill.

Watford is within the M25 motorway with the Watford tube station at the outer edge of the London Underground system. There are faster trains to central London from Watford Junction and Bushey station.

The phrase 'North of Watford' is widely used to describe areas of the United Kingdom that are north of London. This is possibly because Watford was the first place that horses were changed on the route to the north-west from London, though it may also be because Watford is frequently mistaken, in the context of this phrase, for a Northamptonshire village of the same name, about 50 miles further north, which traditionally was an important waypoint on the old east-west and north-south coaching routes.

Watford has 80,000 inhabitants and a professional football club, Watford F.C., which is currently in the Championship. Saracens Rugby Club moved to Watford and shares the same ground, which is in Vicarage Road.

In May 2005, Claire Ward was re-elected as Watford's (Labour) MP but by a narrower margin of victory that her previous two terms in office.

Other Watfords

External links

  • Watford history (http://www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk/data/places/watford.htm)


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