Hertford is the county town of Hertfordshire; about twenty miles north of London
up the A10 from Tottenham, or take the A1/M1 turn off at Hatfield for the A414.
It has two railway stations, Hertford North and Hertford East with regular services
into London Kings Cross and London Liverpool Street respectively.
At the centre of town is Hertford Castle; it was known to the Vikings and on the
site of the original earthworks a castle was built around 912 AD.
From then onwards it was always a favourite of royalty. It was briefly lost to the
French in 1216 but Henry V conferred it to his wife. Henry V111 was apparently none
too taken with it but lived here for a time with Katherine of Aragon.
His daughter Elizabeth 1 loved the place and moved Parliament here during the Great
Plague of London. Castle Street leads you out of the grounds and into Parliament
Very little remains of the castle now apart from the Gatehouse and the castle grounds
which can be enjoyed by visitors. The rooms of the Castle are now occupied by the
Town Council although on open days throughout the year the Robing rooms are opened
to the public, as part of a guided tour.
Just outside the entrance to the castle buildings is a weatherbeaten stone which
commemorates the first general synod of the British churches in 673AD. It was at
this meeting that the rules for determining Easter were set.
If you have ever wondered why Easter always falls on a different date this is the
reason: Easter was to be held on the first Sunday following the first full moon after
Hertford town centre is well populated with bars, pubs, restaurants, bistros and
eateries. So whatever your particular favourite in eating and drinking you'll find
Many of Hertford's pubs are old coaching inns. The Salisbury has been on the site
in Fore Street for five centuries although the Dimsdale Arms,a few doors away, is
now the Pizza Express and was once the site of the Monday market that used to stretch
from its back doors over to the other side of what is now the main road through Hertford,