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Hertfordshire – Heart of the British film industry
Inhabitants first began appearing in Hertfordshire during the Middle Stone Age and there is evidence of farming in the Neolithic Period. However, more permanent settlements appeared at the start of the Bronze Age.
Many new towns began to develop after the arrival of the Romans, but the Anglo-Saxons took over when they left. The West Anglians took control of the county in the 9th century and the county became a shire in the following century.
Following the Norman Conquest (11th century), many new castles were constructed, and in later years much of the land was owned by the nobility and aristocracy. This, and the county’s location to the capital, greatly helped the economy, which was further boosted during the Industrial Revolution.
From the early part of the 20th century Hertfordshire became well known for its film industry, in particular the film studios based in Elstree and Borehamwood. Many films (or parts of films) were made there, including the first three Star Wars movies, and more recently the TV soap opera Eastenders.
Reasons to visit Hertfordshire
There are a number of interesting places to visit in Hertfordshire, such as Ashridge (an estate and house), the ruins of Berkhampstead Castle (a Norman motte-and-bailey castle dating back to the 11th century), de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, the magnificent Hatfield House (built in 1611), the equally grand Knebworth House, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans Cathedral (its nave is the longest of any cathedral in England), the Six Hills Roman barrows site and Welwyn Viaduct.
Entertainment and Dining in Hertfordshire
There are many towns in Hertfordshire that offer excellent entertainment, theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and excellent pubs. Dining places include the Auberge du Lac in Welwyn Garden City, That Little Place in Harpenden and Darcy’s Restaurant in St Albans.
Accommodation in Hertfordshire
Most areas are covered, such as Guest Houses, B&Bs, self-catering and camping. Hotels include the Premier Inn in St Albans, Archways Lodge Hotel in Stevenage and Holiday Inn Express in Hemel Hempstead.