BERKHAMSTED is a historic market town situated in west Hertfordshire between the towns of Tring and Hemel Hempstead. It is a civil parish with a designated Town Council within the administrative district and borough of Dacorum and one of the Local Directory’s three Hertfordshire titles.
It is rich in history; in 1066 William the Conqueror was crowned King of England in the town’s motte and bailey castle, which remains one of the oldest surviving castles in England today. There’s an abundance of blue plaques on the high street’s listed buildings with several 14th and 15th century coaching inns and the impressive 12th century St Peter’s Church, where the Black Prince is entombed. It is home to England’s very first high street shop unit, currently operating as an estate agent and home to one of the country’s oldest schools, Berkhamsted (private) School originally founded in 1541 by Dean John Incent and the slightly younger Ashlyns (state) School, founded by Thomas Coram in 1739, originally as a home for orphan foundlings.
The town has an award-winning restored art-deco cinema, a thriving street market every Wednesday and Saturday, and a monthly visiting French and Italian food market. There’s a bustling high street of independent, individual and familiar stores, and the town is fast becoming known for its culinary and gastro food outlets and eateries.
The completion of the Grand Union canal in 1798 established Berkhamsted’s important trading links to London during the last two centuries; it remains a popular feature of the town today.
Situated just 25 miles (40km) northwest of London, Berkhamsted is a thriving commuter town thanks largely to its excellent road links: the M25, M1 and M40 via the A41, are less than 10 minutes away, whilst its rail links take you to central London (Euston) in just 35 minutes.
The Berkhamsted Local Directory was the fourth magazine to be launched in 2010. It is distributed in the HP4 area which include:
- Castle Village
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