Watford Observer

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Watford Observer
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Front page of the Watford Observer on 9 December 2016
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s) Newsquest
EditorPeter Wilson-Leary
HeadquartersObserver House, Watford Business Park
Circulation 14,869
Website www.watfordobserver.co.uk

The Watford Observer is a weekly local newspaper, published by Newsquest. It serves the town of Watford in southwest Hertfordshire, as well as the surrounding area. The paper covers local news, politics and sport, including the town's largest football club Watford FC.

Newsquest Media Group Ltd. is the second largest publisher of regional and local newspapers in the United Kingdom. It has 205 brands across the UK, publishing online and in print and reaches 28 million visitors a month online and 6.5 million readers a week in print. Based in London, Newsquest employs a total of more than 5,500 people across the UK. It also has a specialist arm that publishes both commercial and business-to-business (B2B) titles such as Insurance Times, The Strad, and Boxing News.

Watford Town & Borough in England

Watford is a town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, 15 miles (24 km) northwest of central London.

Hertfordshire County of England

Hertfordshire is one of the home counties in England. It is bordered by Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire to the north, Essex to the east, Greater London to the south, and Buckinghamshire to the west. For government statistical purposes, it is placed in the East of England region.

The Watford Observer and General Advertiser for Watford, Bushey and Rickmansworth was first published on 24 January 1863 by Samuel Alexander Peacock, the son of John Peackock, a local bookbinder. In the early years of the 20th century it took over a number of other local titles including The Watford Leader and West Herts News was renamed The West Herts and Watford Observer. Its circulation covered Watford, Bushey, Rickmansworth, Harrow, St Albans, Tring and Chesham. [1]

Bushey town in Hertfordshire, England, UK

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Rickmansworth town in South-West Hertfordshire, England

Rickmansworth is a small town in southwest Hertfordshire, England, approximately 17 miles (27 km) northwest of central London and inside the perimeter of the M25 motorway. The town is mainly to the north of the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne. The nearest large town is Watford, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) to the east. Rickmansworth is the administrative seat of the Three Rivers District Council. The confluence of the Chess and the Gade with the Colne in Rickmansworth inspired the district's name. The enlarged Colne flows south to form a major tributary of the River Thames. The town is served by the Metropolitan line of the London Underground and Chiltern Railways from London Marylebone to Aylesbury.

Harrow, London area in the London Borough of Harrow

Harrow is a large suburban town in the London Borough of Harrow, in the north-west of Greater London, England, 10.5 miles (16.9 km) north-west of Charing Cross. Harrow-on-the-Hill is a conservation area with listed buildings of Georgian architecture. The area, which also includes Headstone North, Roxeth, Marlborough, Greenhill, Headstone South and West Harrow electoral wards, had a population of 80,213 at the 2011 census. Harrow was a municipal borough of Middlesex before its inclusion in Greater London in 1965. Harrow is home to a large University of Westminster campus, Harrow School and Harrow High School.

The newspaper had a weekly circulation of 14,869 in the first six months of 2012. [2] The Observer also publishes a free paper, appropriately named the Watford Free. [3]

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  2. "Newspaper reports:Watford Observer". The Newspaper Society. Archived from the original on 24 May 2006. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  3. "History". Watford Observer. Retrieved 21 February 2010.