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Discover the wonders of Hertfordshire; England's hidden secret. From picturesque villages, to bluebell woods, canals and market towns. Although just a stone’s throw from London, Hertfordshire is steeped in history, from the county town of Hertford to the Roman City of St Albans (Verulaium).
In the small village of Perry Green on the outskirts of Much Hadam, can be found the Henry Moore Foundation. The world famous sculptor Sir Henry Moore lived and worked here, and where much of his work can still be seen.
The village of Braughing in East Herts is renowned for its sausages, produced since 1954 to a traditional family recipe by Whites Butcher’s, they make 30,000 a week.
The famous actor Sir Laurence Oliver, grew up in Letchworth Garden City, the country’s first Garden City, his father was a rector in the town and Olivier made his first professional appearance there in 1925, when he was 18.
When Queen Eleanor, wife of Edward 1 died in 1290, Edward had her body taken 160 miles to Westminster Abbey, erecting a cross to mark the 12 places where the cortege rested. Only three remain, including one at Waltham Cross. Waltham Cross is also the home of the Lee Valley White Water Centre, a purpose built canoe and white water rafting centre.
Hartford Connecticut in the USA was founded in 1637 by Samuel Stone who lived in the county town of Hertford. Although small as a county town, Hertford can boast of its three rivers and quaint architecture and its association with the Bluecoats School.
Ware, famous for its Malting’s and the Great Bed of Ware, is also the last part of the Lee Valley Regional Park. This is an area of open land stretching all the way from East London to Ware along the Lee Valley.
In Hitchin, can be found Gatwards, the oldest family-run jewellers in England. It is housed in one of the town’s oldest buildings in the Market Place. In Victorian times Hitchin had a thriving industry growing lavender.
Just some historic facts about Hertfordshire.