This guide to the county town of Hertford is aimed at those wanting a removals company and includes information about property prices and local attractions.
A four bedroomed house ranges from around £400,000 for a detached property to £300,000 for a terraced or semi-detached house, whilst a two bedroomed apartment ranges from around £850 per month to £1500 per month to rent in January 2014.
Ware, Bengeo, Hoddesden, Newgate Street Village, Bayford, Brickendon and Chapmore End villages
Hertford is close to the A414 road, which links to the A10 trunk road a couple of miles to the east and the A1M approximately 6 miles to the west. The M25 is around 8 miles south.
There are two mainline stations (Hertford East and Hertford North) with a station at Ware 2 miles distant. First Capital Connect run frequent trains to London Moorgate, from Hertford North, with a journey time of about 45 minutes. Greater Anglia run a service to Liverpool Street, with a slightly longer journey time, from Hertford East.
Stansted Airport is fourteen miles east with Luton Airport a little further to the north-west.
With a population of around 30,000, Hertford is a thriving agricultural market town with quite a large range of activities. The name derives from a Saxon term meaning a ford over the river where harts (deer) used to cross. There are several local employment opportunities, especially in light industries, including brewing, flour milling, and the manufacture of leather goods. In 2006 East Hertfordshire and particularly Hertford itself was ranked by Channel 4 as one of the top ten places to live in the UK. If you are considering moving to Hertford, you will find yourself in good company, as the number of households has risen by over 9% in the past ten years.
Annual events in the area include the Mayor’s raft race, organised for the first time in 2013, a carnival, a rock concert in the castle grounds, a musical mystery tour, which visits different venues and a food and drink festival. These are spread throughout the year, so there is nearly always something going on. With regular art exhibitions and a local theatre, entertainment is offered to suit all tastes.
More active pastimes for those moving to Hertford include “messing about on the river” – in fact there is a choice of four rivers – the Lee, Mimram, Beane and Rib. The main one is the River Lee, (or Lea) which is navigable down to where it meets the Thames at Bow, in London. For this reason, one can often see narrow boats, both privately owned and for hire. Other boat hire and organised river cruises are possible at Broxbourne, which is close by. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular, especially near to Hertford Weir where the canoe club is based.
Walking and cycling are also catered for, with many organised walks for all abilities and fitness levels, or, if you prefer to do your exploring yourself, pick up one of the many leaflets with attractive walks listed. Both walking and cycling are possible along the track of the disused railway, the Cole Green Way, which runs in the direction of Welwyn Garden City. The Meads, Hartham Common and the tow paths all offer pleasant walking and cycling routes.
The Hertford Museum is small, but interesting and often arranges child-friendly activities or crafts – always useful when the weather is less favourable! There is also an observatory at nearby Bayfordbury, giving access to a whole host of stargazing interests. Hopefully even this very brief guide to Hertford will help your decision when it comes to moving house to this area.
When you’re looking for a friendly, reliable removals service in the Hertford area, it’s worth contacting Van Man in London, who are a local Hertfordshire company. Our Luton vans can take a surprisingly large load and we can even offer a couple of seats in the cab, if necessary. Whilst more than one journey may be required for very large loads, our local knowledge of the Hertford area can cut down time in other ways as our man with a van knows the quickest routes to take to get from A to B in Hertfordshire, North London and Bedfordshire.