Despite the spread of built areas, much of the county is given over to agriculture. One product, now largely defunct, was water-cress, based in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted supported by reliable, clean chalk rivers.[citation needed]

There is evidence of humans living in Hertfordshire from the Mesolithic period. It was first farmed during the Neolithic period and permanent habitation appeared at the beginning of the Bronze Age. This was followed by tribes settling in the area during the Iron Age.

An unofficial status, the purple star-shaped flower with yellow stamens, the Pasqueflower is among endemic county flowers.[5]

We think Hertford can give you the best experience in the university. Find information on admissions to Hertford for:

Learn How to Make the Room Work for You Free Networking Skills Workshop for Local Entreprene...

Academics from Hertfordshire Business School (HBS) have helped develop a national report on how university business schools can contribute to and help improve their local economies post Brexit....

Find out everything you need to know about starting University including how to collect your joining instructions and where to pick up your bedroom keys!

Astronomers from the University of Hertfordshire have played a key role in the discovery of an ‘Earth-like’ planet around our nearest star.

Overcoming the fear of a room full of strangers at the Networking Skills Event on Thurs 29th Sep with @AndyLopata

In 2012, the canoe and kayak slalom events of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games took place in the town of Waltham Cross, within the borough of Broxbourne.

Former schools include The Pines JMI school which was built on the Pinehurst estate in 1977 and closed in 2003.

The county has some of the principal roads in England: A1, A1(M), A5, A6, A41, M1, M11, and M25.

Hertfordshire is the county immediately north of London and is part of the East of England region, a mainly statistical unit.[4] A significant minority of the population across all districts are City of London commuters. To the east is Essex, to the west is Buckinghamshire and to the north are Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

As at the 2011 census of the ten Districts, East Hertfordshire had the minimal, 290 people per km², whereas Watford had the maximal 4210 people per km²

Browse our gallery of images showing recent housing developments in Hertford

Hertford (/ˈhɑːrᵗfərd/) is the county town of Hertfordshire, England, and is also a civil parish in the East Hertfordshire district of the county. Forming a civil parish, the 2011 census put the population of Hertford at about 26,000.[1]

Since 1974, Hertford has been within the East Hertfordshire district of Hertfordshire.The headquarters of Hertfordshire County Council is at County Hall in Hertford. East Herts District Council's offices almost adjoin County Hall, and there is also a Hertford Town Council based at Hertford Castle (see "Landmarks", below).

In early December 2005, the 2005 Hemel Hempstead fuel depot explosions occurred at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal.

To celebrate national Heritage Open Days Weekend, Hertford Castle will hold a free medieval heritage event at Hertford Castle on Sunday 11th September from 12noon – 4pm.

Guest speaker, Andy Lopata, will provide an interactive evening that focuses on some of the key skills which make networking much more effective and enjoyable.

In November 2013, the uSwitch Quality of Life Index listed Hertfordshire as the third-best place to live in the UK.[7]

This year's carnival took place in the Castle Grounbds on 19th June.

Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie is being honored this autumn as his First World War play, A Well-Remembered Voice, will be performed using his original words for the first time....

Register to get all the latest information emailed to you

The Grand Union Canal passes through much of the far west of Hertfordshire: Rickmansworth, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring.


Search our A-Z of Hertford businesses or add your business to our listings.

There are numerous schools in Hertford: these include the Sele School, Richard Hale School and Simon Balle School at secondary level, with primaries of Hollybush JMI, Millmead Community School,[23] Bengeo Primary School,[24] Morgans Primary School & Nursery,[25] Abel Smith School (named after banker and MP Abel Smith (1788-1859)),[26] Wheatcroft School, St Andrew's School and St. Josephs RC School.[27]

A number of other local rail routes also cross Hertfordshire:

The application process for secondary schools (including upper schools & university technical colleges) is now open.

How do you rate the informationon this web page?

Visit our Go Hertford website to explore the Town Centre

We like to make sure you get the best possible experience during your time at university. Whatever you want from your university experience, we offer the perfect environment in which you can learn, develop your skills and above all have a great time.

Hertfordshire was the area assigned to a fortress constructed at Hertford under the rule of Edward the Elder in 913. Hertford is derived from the Anglo-Saxon heort ford, meaning deer crossing (of a watercourse). The name Hertfordshire is first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1011. Deer feature in many county emblems.

Following a proposal put forward by The Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust, town-planner Andrés Duany has suggested that designated "Garden Villages" could be built within Hertfordshire to relieve some of the pressure for new homes, with perhaps a third Garden City to follow.[citation needed]

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Model UN Competition on Wednesday 19 October 2016....

On 17 October 2000, the Hatfield rail crash killed four people with over 70 injured. The crash exposed the shortcomings of Railtrack, which consequently saw speed restrictions and major track replacement. On 10 May 2002, the second of the Potters Bar rail accidents occurred killing seven people; the train was at high speed when it derailed and flipped into the air when one of the carriages slid along the platform where it came to rest.

The location of Mr Jarndyce's Bleak House in Charles Dickens's Bleak House is near St. Albans in Hertfordshire.

Your gateway to all you need to know about Hertfordshire

Fresh water is supplied to London from Ware, using the New River built by Hugh Myddleton and opened in 1613. Local rivers, although small, supported developing industries such as paper production at Nash Mills.[citation needed]

Local bus services are run by a number of private operators. Intalink is an organisation run by the county council that manages transport and funds bus services in rural areas.