Berkhamsted was the fourth Local Directory magazine, launching in this popular Hertfordshire town in 2010. Nestled in the Bulbourn Valley “Berko” (as the locals call it), plus its neighbouring village of Northchurch, is surrounded by the countryside of Chiltern Hills, much of it designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The high street is on a pre-Roman route known by its Saxon name Akeman Street, linking Watling Street with the Fosse Way.
Berkhamsted’s earliest claim to fame happened in 1066 after the Battle of Hastings: the Anglo-Saxon leadership surrendered to the Norman encampment at Berkhamsted. William the Conqueror subsequently ordered the construction Berkhamsted Castle of before proceeding south into London. It became a favoured residence of royalty and notable historical figures, including Henry II, Edward, the Black Prince, Thomas Becket and Geoffrey Chaucer. Now lauded as one of the best surviving motte and bailey castles in England, it is protected by law as an ancient monument.
The town became a trading centre on an important trade route in the 12th and 13th centuries, and prospered as a wool trading town, with a thriving local market. Though it declined somewhat during the next few hundred years, the advent of the canal and railway network meant that Berkhamsted was well placed at a gateway through the Chilterns, between the markets of London and the industrial Midlands. Modern Berkhamsted began to expand and in the 21st century it has evolved into an affluent commuter town.
Among the many “Old Berkhamstedians” we can name the hymnist and poet, William Cowper. James Barrie often stayed here and the Llewellyn Davies children who lived in Egerton House were the inspiration for Peter Pan. Clementine Hozier lived in the High Street and attended the Girls’ School, now part of Berkhamsted School. She later became the wife of Sir Winston Churchill.
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.
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