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It is not mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, when this area was part of St Albans' Abbey's manor of cashio.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.) is a town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, situated 17 miles (27 km) northwest of central London and inside the circumference of the M25 motorway.
The land belonged to St Albans Abbey until the 16th century.
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 town grew modestly, assisted by travellers passing through to Berkhamsted Castle and the royal palace at Kings Langley.
Consequently, although the road and canal follow the easier valley route, the railway company was forced to build an expensive tunnel under Leavesden to the north of the town.
Watford's original railway station opened in 1837 on the west side of St Albans Road, a small, single-storey red-brick building.