12 pictures showing bird's eye views of historic city 20 years ago

Some people are enjoying the good weather outside the Cathedral. <i>(Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)</i>
Some people are enjoying the good weather outside the Cathedral. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Take a short drive in a north-easterly direction out of Watford and histroric St Albans has some well known landmarks to enjoy. But have you ever seen a bird’s eye view of the Cathedral or Verulamium Park?

Back in June 2003, former Watford Observer photographer Pete Stevens took to the skies with Firecrest Aviation from Elstree to photograph Watford and surrounding areas.

During his flight, he captured views including the town centre, Watford FC, Leavesden Studios and The Grove which we have been featuring over the past two months.

Watford Observer: The athletics track at Westminster Lodge.
Watford Observer: The athletics track at Westminster Lodge.

The athletics track at Westminster Lodge. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

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But he also took some aerial shots of St Albans and as well as the Cathedral and Verulamium Park, you can enjoy views of the town centre, Clarence Park and the station by scrolling down the images on this page.

Watford Observer: The picturesque Verulamium Lake.
Watford Observer: The picturesque Verulamium Lake.

The picturesque Verulamium Lake. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: The Cathedral and surrounding roads.
Watford Observer: The Cathedral and surrounding roads.

The Cathedral and surrounding roads. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: A spectacular view across the city.
Watford Observer: A spectacular view across the city.

A spectacular view across the city. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: Looking down on the hospital.
Watford Observer: Looking down on the hospital.

Looking down on the hospital. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: The heart of the city.
Watford Observer: The heart of the city.

The heart of the city. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: A bird's eye view of the station.
Watford Observer: A bird's eye view of the station.

A bird's eye view of the station. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: St Albans City FC and cricket club in Clarence Park.
Watford Observer: St Albans City FC and cricket club in Clarence Park.

St Albans City FC and cricket club in Clarence Park. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: Flying above the Cathedral.
Watford Observer: Flying above the Cathedral.

Flying above the Cathedral. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: A great view across St Albans with the Cathedral in the foreground.
Watford Observer: A great view across St Albans with the Cathedral in the foreground.

A great view across St Albans with the Cathedral in the foreground. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: Another view from above of the city centre.
Watford Observer: Another view from above of the city centre.

Another view from above of the city centre. (Image: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)