Aerial photos of Watford Junction and the city center in the past

One of the best ways to see how Watford have changed over the years is from the air.

In June 2003, former Watford Observer photographer Pete Stevens flew with Firecrest Aviation from Elstree to photograph the town and surrounding area.

We are delighted to be able to share these images again, starting this week with aerial views of Stephenson Way and Radlett Road, Watford Junction and surrounding areas and the city centre.

Scroll through the fantastic images below and see if you can spot your home or the place you used to live, or a store or business that’s no longer there?

Watford Observer: What the Harlequin Center looked like from the air in 2003What the Harlequin Center looked like from the air in 2003 (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

We’ll be bringing you more fantastic aerial photos of Watford and the surrounding area over the coming weeks.

Watford Observer: The roundabout connecting Stephenson Way to Radlett RoadThe roundabout connecting Stephenson Way to Radlett Road (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

Watford Observer: a view from above with the link road to the M1 in the foregroundView from above with the M1 slip road in the foreground (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

Watford Observer: Trains arrive at the platforms at Watford JunctionTrains arrive at the platforms at Watford Junction (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

Watford Observer: a wider view with Watford Junction at the centerA wider view with Watford Junction in the center (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

Watford Observer: The Sainsbury's ring road, past the YMCA and Charter Place towards HarlequinThe Sainsbury’s ring road, in front of the YMCA and Charter Place towards the Harlequin (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

Watford Observer: A higher view with the Town Hall visible at the top of the imageA view from above with the town hall visible at the top of the image (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

Watford Observer: View of Harlequin and Lower High StreetLooking down on the Harlequin area and Lower High Street (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

Watford Observer: From St Mary's Church in the upper left, the main street meanders through the middle of this image From St Mary’s Church in the upper left, the main street meanders through the middle of this image (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

Watford Observer: What the heart of Watford looked like from above almost 20 years agoWhat the heart of Watford looked like from above almost 20 years ago (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

Watford Observer: overlooking Exchange Road with the church car park prominent at the bottom of this photoOverlooking Exchange Road with the church car park prominent at the bottom of this photo (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation)

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