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1. History of Hertford
After the Norman Conquest a castle was established at Hertford, along with a priory and mill. The castle was a royal residence for the next 300 years, and with this and the agricultural industry, the town grew. During the Industrial Revolution the town's links to London and the rest of the country were formed, with the railway and the River Lea being navigated through the town.
2. Now in Hertford
Today Hertford is a thriving town and civil parish of East Hertfordshire. The area has been ranked as one of the top 10 places to live in the UK by a Channel 4 survey.
3. Events in Hertford
There is a regular calendar of events happening in Hertford, many centreing around the iconic castle and its grounds, such as wedding exhibitions, open days and concerts. There are also many cultural events in the town including art exhibitions, theatre events and music festivals.
4. Attractions in Hertford
One of the major attractions in Hertford is Hertford Castle, first built around the time of the Norman Invasion on a site fortified by Edward the Elder around 911. It has had numerous additions and alterations made throughout the ages, and now houses the town council offices.
5. Things To Do in Hertford
The Corn Exchange is a venue for live music and comedy, and also has a dance floor and licensed bar. Fans of film have a choice of nearby cinemas in Harlow, Stevenage, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City. Many of the town's bars and pubs have late licenses at weekends, including The White Hart, The Blackbirds and Sugar Hut.
6. Business in Hertford
The largest employers in the town are the county council and McMullens Brewery, with many residents commuting to London for work. Hertford is exceptional in not having a modern shopping mall, and few chain stores; instead the town centre provides a unique shopping opportunity in the form of independent stores, boutiques and salons.
7. Transport in Hertford
Hertford is a commuter town for London, and has two train stations with lines to the city; Hertford East and Hertford North. The A414, which bypasses the town centre, also runs east to Harlow, the M11, A1 and the M1. Hertford is also linked to the M25 by the A10, which is to the east of the town. Bus services in the town are run by several companies, and include routes around t...Read more
8. Entertainment in Hertford
Hertford's status as an entertainment centre has grown substantially in the last few decades. Its restaurants, bars and entertainment venues attract people from nearby towns and London suburbs. As well as these there is also a swimming pool, gym and small skatepark, in Hartham Common.
9. Famous Landmarks in Hertford
Hertford Castle's gatehouse, built in 1463, is a major landmark, as is its Motte, remaining from the original motte and bailey castle, which is a short distance from the modern castle. Railway Street is home to the world's oldest purpose built Quaker Meeting House, which has been in use since 1670.
10. Interesting Facts about Hertford
Alfred Russel Wallace, a pioneer of evolutionary biology and contemporary of Charles Darwin, lived in Hertford as a child and attended Hertford Grammar School.
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