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More thoughts on Bircherley Green Shopping Centre plans

I have already made some initial comments on the planing application recently submitted for the redevelopment of Bircherley Green Shopping Centre (see right). It is not going to win any awards but it does attempt to remove one eyesore from the centre of Hertford without putting another in its place. The Planning Statement comments: In summary, …

Bircherley Green planning application

Finally after many months of bated breath a planning application has been made for the redevelopment of Bircherley Green Shopping Centre. Both are long overdue. If you cannot wait any longer this is the link to the the appropriate page: https://www.publicaccess.eastherts.gov.uk and enter 3/17/0392/FUL into the search box. There are pages and pages supporting the …

Hidden Hertford

Hidden Hertford logo

There are links below from which you can buy the official Hidden Hertford audio/visual tour. There is also a basic MP3 audio guide. The mp4 video file was originally intended for us on iPods and can be viewed now on a variety of devices including a PC running Windows 10. This is quite an unique …

Hertford 1861 by George Bradshaw

Some afternoons and evenings I go channel hopping and find myself completely absorbed by Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys in which he travels these islands with a well thumbed copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook. I became quite interested in George Bradshaw (1801- 1853) after writing a short biography for Lancashire Magazine and then …

Hertford – a short guide

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 …

Folly Island, Hertford

Folly Island is at the centre of Hertford where the River Lee (or Lea) splits into two. Hertford is the county town of Hertfordshire. It has a bus station, two train stations and easy access to most major road networks to London and airports. There are 122 houses on Folly Island. They are two or …

A short history of brewing in Hertford

Hertford’s wealth was founded on the brewing industry. Local street names such as Barley Croft, Brewhouse Lane and The Maltings can be associated with none other than malting and brewing. McMullens remain as the only large scale independent brewer in the area. Malting Houses, those that roasted the barley to create malt, had previously thrived …

Hertford Library

As you can see this is quite an old building built in 1888 from red brick below traditional timber and plaster framing. Some of the panels have carvings and plaster pargetting. On the left of the building is a small water fountain constructed from stones rescued from the old Saxon church that stood close to …

John Barber, Author

A little bit about John Barber. This feature published by the Hertfordshire Mercury on December 7 2007 gives you a brief flavour of the man behind the site but for a more detailed background, read my biography. Getting to know you Name John Barber Age Just collected my bus pass Where are you from Folly …