My Hertford Posts

Like the rest of the town centre this site is under serious construction.

Bircherley Green as seen from Riverside 31 October 2022

I have cancelled the majority of posts from about 2016 onwards. This has left a slimmed down blog consisting of three main categories: Bircherley Green, Hertford town centre and Other items of interest.

Bircherley Green

Lea Wharf 26 January 2024
Just like a rolling stone – the rise and rise and rise of Lea Wharf

13 September 2021
Chase Homes Appeal planning permission

27 Sep 2020
Premier Inn checks out
What now for hotel site

26 June 2020
Hertford saved! – Doomed!
Development given go-ahead

28 February 2020
My objection to Chase Homes plans
PDF file attached

21 February 2021
The Great Wen
Planning submitted

1 November 2019
Hertford’s future now
Planning submitted

30 November 2016
Not to my mind

Town Centre

18 February 2022
Sightseeing in Hertford – empty and closing shops.

1 February 2022
You say hello – I say goodbye – more comings and goings in the town centre.

27 May 2020
Fore Street – solved!
Blocked from the west

18 May 2020
Seed Warehouse
A tardis in centre of town

8 April 2020
Hertford East Station
Used to portray Yeovil

8 March 2019
This is your home town
A nod to Bruce Springsteen

23 August 2019
Hertford retail Part3
Shops closing

26 January 2017
New town skyline
Changing horizons

30 November 2016
Hertford retail Part 2
Continued decline

30 November 2016
Death by a thousand cuts
More shop closures

30 November 2016
Hertford Retail Part 1
Declining retail offer

Other interests

28 July 2020
Pub – not as we know it
Pubs in lockdown

28 July 2020
The Village Inn
poem by John Betjeman

12 September 2019
Sitting in the railway station
Well, the bus station!

18 August 2019
Fings aren’t what they used to be
A nostalgic view

30 November 2016
The 724 bus route
Why doesn’t the 724 run on time?

By John Barber

John Barber was born in London at the height of the UK Post War baby boom. He had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder, a hitherto unsolved murder case from 1907.