Hoddesdon Local Information: 10 top things to know... more
1. History of Hoddesdon
In the Elizabethan era, the town was on a major road and became a centre for coaching inns. Some of these still stand today, including The Golden Lion, the White Swan and the Salisbury. The chapel of St. Katherine was at the heart of the town centre until it was damaged during the Civil War and then demolished in 1835. A clock tower was built in its place in 1835 and this is st...Read more
2. Now in Hoddesdon
Hoddesdon is a small market town with many historic features and over 50 listed buildings, including half-timbered houses and Georgian mansions. The town centre is in a conservation area. The town is very closely linked with Broxbourne to the south. Hoddesdon expanded so much in the 19th and 20th centuries that the two places now join together.
3. Events in Hoddesdon
Regular matches take place at the Hoddesdon Cricket Club, based in Park View, Hoddesdon. The Hoddesdon Town Football Club meets at the Stewart Edwards Stadium, Park View, and also has regular fixtures during the season. Rye House Speedway is a motorbike racing track in Hoddesdon. Many racing events take place at the track, which has two teams - the Rockets and the Cobras. A Vin...Read more
4. Attractions in Hoddesdon
Lowewood Museum, in High Street, Hoddesdon, is a listed Georgian building containing a collection of photographs and memorabilia depicting town life in the 19th century. All the items were contributed by members of the local community. The museum also provides a free identification service, to inform residents about any unusual item they might own. Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxb...Read more
5. Things To Do in Hoddesdon
Visitors to Lee Valley Regional Park can take part in a wide variety of activities including horseriding, ice-skating, golf, athletics, white water rafting, fishing, cycling, camping and much more. Hoddesdon Kart Club is one of the country's oldest go-kart clubs, with races usually taking place on the 1st Sunday of the month throughout the year at Rye House Kart Raceway, Rye Ro...Read more
6. Business in Hoddesdon
Hoddesdon town centre has a good mix of shops to cater for all tastes. There are independent boutique style shops as well as high street stores, and plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. An outdoor market takes place in the town on Wednesdays and Fridays.
7. Transport in Hoddesdon
Hoddesdon is about 20 miles north of London. By car, the town can be accessed by the A10, and is close to junction 25 of the M25, the M1 and the M11. The train stations serving Hoddesdon are Broxbourne Train Station and Rye Park Train Station. Broxbourne Station is two miles to the south of Hoddesdon town centre and has good links to London, Stansted Airport, Cambridge and Harl...Read more
8. Entertainment in Hoddesdon
Broxbourne Civic Hall has a packed and varied programme of live events including theatre shows, comedy, bands, cinema, line dancing, tea dances and special events. The White Swan, in Hoddesdon High Street, is a pub that also hosts live music performances by many local bands.
9. Famous Landmarks in Hoddesdon
The clock tower, in the town centre, was built in 1835 and is a significant historic structure. Hoddesdon Parish Church, also known as St Catherine's and St Paul's Church, was built in 1732, although extensions were added in Victorian times. Rye House Gatehouse, in Rye Road, Hoddesdon, sits within the Lee Valley Park and was one of the first brick buildings in the country.
10. Interesting Facts about Hoddesdon
Rye House Plot, the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Charles II, was hatched at the Rye House estate in Hoddesdon in 1683.
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