Hertfordshire is located in the south east of England and its southern-most borders are just 12 miles from Central London. Covering 634 square miles, our County has a population of over one million people and is home to a diverse range of communities.
Despite our close proximity to London, Hertfordshire has a unique identity and strikes a rare balance between rural and urban landscapes. Comprised of thriving towns such as Watford, Hertford and St Albans, rural villages such as Tring, Kings Langley and Wheathampstead and our economic hub in Stevenage, there is a location to suit every lifestyle and budget.
Hertfordshire has a rich and varied history, which is reflected in our landscape and architecture. First recorded in the Anglo Saxon chronicle in 1011, the name Hertfordshire is derived from the Anglo Saxon “heort ford”, which refers to deer crossing over a watercourse. Deer have become an important county emblem, and you may have noticed that Hertfordshire County Council is represented by a stag.
The county is made up of an intricate network of settlements both old and new, and amongst these are the two famous “garden cities”. Letchworth became a garden city in 1903 - the first of its kind in the world - and Welwyn followed in the 1920s. Both Letchworth and Welwyn are characterised by bustling shopping areas set within manicured green spaces and their design provided the influence for the Australian capital, Canberra.
If you want to find out more about Hertfordshire’s history, why not visit one of our museums? There are over 40 to choose from, including the Verulamium in St Albans and the Natural History Museum in Tring.