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. Now a fine public park, Cassiobury Park, was once the manor
estate of the Earls of Essex. Watford Football Club play in the Football League
Championship which is the second-highest level of football in England.
The town developed from an Anglo-Saxon settlement between a ford of the
River Colne and the crossroads of two ancient tracks. St Albans Abbey claimed
rights to the manor of Cashio, which included Watford. The parish church of St