In the 1960s and 70s Baldock was a centre of laser research at a MOD laboratory called SERL (Services Electronics Research Laboratory). This facility closed in the late 1970s and some projects and staff were transferred to RSRE (Royal Signals & Radar Establishment) near Pershore.

If you are interested in trading at this historical market please contact the Town Centre Manager  

Baldock Town Partnership holds a monthly Farmers and Craft Market occurring on the second saturday each month from April to October. Also the fourth Saturday during August and September and October.  We have many different traders that attract good footfall from Baodock and the surrounding villages.

In August 2013 the Baldock Town Hall Group finally signed a 99 year lease to take over Baldock Town Hall. 

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Even though it is the smallest town in North Herts district, it has many architecturally significant buildings with more listed buildings than any of the others in the district. In fact, it is among only five towns in the whole of Hertfordshire listed by the Council for British Archeology as being of national importance. Baldock almost runs into the larger Letchworth Garden City, the two lying each side of the A1 motorway.

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Baldock Farmers Market takes place in the High Street with a farmers market, food stalls.

From 1808 to 1814, Baldock hosted a station in the shutter telegraph chain that connected the Admiralty in London to its naval ships in the port of Great Yarmouth.

Fantastic hidden gem on Hitchin St recently doubled in size, easily the largest and best gallery in Hertfordshire. Tel: 01462 622233, web:

The Museum also has changing displays exploring particular features of the town's history.

Baldock Museum is a small community-run museum, staffed by volunteers who raise all their own funding.

The town thrived where the old Great North Road and the Icknield Way crossed. Despite the construction of the A1(M) motorway in 1963, which bypassed the town (and which was called the Baldock Bypass for some years), it was still a major traffic bottleneck until March 2006, when a new bypass removed the A505 road (part of the old Icknield Way to the east of Baldock) from the town.

The modern layout of the town and many buildings in the centre date from the sixteenth century, with the earliest dating from the fourteenth century.[1][8]

The Baldock Beer Festival takes place during the first weekend where local and national real ales, real ciders and continental lagers may be sampled.

Further reading Bramwell G Rudd (2014) COURTAULDS and the HOSIERY & KNITWEAR INDUSTRY ISBN softback 978-1-905472-06-2, hardback 978-1-905472-18-5

The new charity will be based in The Old Town Hall, High Street, Baldock, using the building for the benefit of people from Baldock and beyond, primarily offering space for the development and performance of the creative and performing arts, and incorporating Baldock Museum. 

Located to the east of the town there is a large residential estate that was built in several phases. This is known as Clothall Common. Some residents are lobbying to have one green space given village green status. A significant archaeological dig took place in this part of Baldock in the late 80s.

Leave A1M at junction 9 and follow signs into Baldock. Pub is first building on the right hand side. If approaching from Baldock town take 2nd exit at Tesco roundabout and proceed up hill - pub is last building on left hand side.

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As a relative newcomer, Letchworth does not boast Baldock's impressive architectural heritage and the the two towns, with their markedly different characters, have developed a symbiotic existence. True to its history as a coaching town and centre of the malting industry, it is still very popular with socialites and party goers. At the same time, it has its own vibrant community life and ancient and attractive shopping environment.

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Baldock's position at the crossing of two important thoroughfares, the Great North Road and the Icknield Way has made it a stopping point for a number of illustrious visitors, including Charles I, who passed through Baldock en route for London after his arrest in 1648[15] and supposedly Dick Turpin. Preacher John Wesley came to the town in 1747.[16]


Several events take place in Baldock throughout the year. The largest three are the Festival, the Charter fair and the Balstock music festival.

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Baldock has a population of around 10,000 and is situated within the district council area of North Hertfordshire and the county of Hertfordshire.

There is a limited number of stalls available, on a first come first paid basis.

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In 2014, the Balstock Festival completed its ninth year having grown from a small event held in one pub, to a three-day event featuring more than 150 artists held in a number of venues across the town.[citation needed] It is now Hertfordshires biggest free music festival with all proceeds going to a nominated charity.[citation needed] In 2014, that charity was Up on Downs, a local charity which provides which aids families that have children with Downs Syndrome.[clarification needed]

It charts the changing fortunes of the market town, founded by the Knights Templar around 1148, on the site of an earlier Iron Age and Roman settlement. The museum looks at Baldock's medieval merchants, and the prosperous maltsters and brewers of its Georgian heyday whose grand houses still line the town's centre.

The 2012 festival resulted in some controversy with a dispute between the organisers of the festival and the Performing Rights Society [19]

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Five years ago the Baldock Town Partnership were asked to assume the managment of the market and has had control since then. They are constantly trying to increase the trader numbers to the market and have had varying levels of success with stall numbers generally improving over the summer months and dropping to the few long term regulars (Plants, Kitchen Supplies and Fresh Fish) during winter.

Baldock is an historic market town and has had a Charter Market in the town centre for over 800 years.

Baldock's Charter Fair dates back to 1199, when King John granted to the Templars the right of holding a yearly fair at Baldock on St. Matthew's Day and for four days following.[18] This would mean the original fair was held on 21–25 September, but with the Calendar reform of 1752 the dates are now 2, 3 and 4 October. Today the principal part of the fair is a visiting Amusement Fair which sets up in the High Street.

Southbound and Northbound buses will stop in the station forecourt.

This was a magnificent achievement which ensuress the Historic and Iconic structure in the centre of town will become an active and valued building for use to the whole community. A Charity has been set up relating to this named the Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre.

Baldock is a small market town in Hertfordshire, England about 35 miles north of London..

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