Hertford Heritage Trail
Hertford Town Council, in partnership with Hertford Civic Society, have launched the Hertford Heritage Trail. Blue plaques have been installed on buildings with historic importance around the County Town. A total of 41 locations are included within the Heritage Trail.
The trail includes the oldest purpose-built Quaker meeting house in the country, the Georgian Shire Hall overlooking Fore Street’s rare pargeting and the site of the former Christ’s Hospital School, where an ancient water pump still graces the courtyard.
The trail also features architecture at its finest, with Hertford East Station designed by W.N. Ashbee, and the Old Cross Library was designed by prolific British architect, Reginald Blomfield.
Buildings where famous individuals used to reside, including W.E Johns the author of ‘Biggles Books’, the first Hertford home of novelist Annie S. Swan and husband Dr. Burnett Smith, local GB and WWI hero are also included in the trail. Samuel Stone the founder of Hartford Connecticut, Stephen Austin, founder of the Hertfordshire Mercury and John Briant, bell founder and clock maker are also commemorated within the trail.
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