A guide to the Hertfordshire town of Hitchin, including information for anyone considering a home or office removal to the Hitchin area.
Four bedroom houses were available in the Hitchin area in early 2014 for between £350,000 for terraced or smaller detached properties to around £800,000 for houses in the leafier suburbs, with an average price for a four bedroom detached of around £500,000. Two bedroom flats were available at around £1000 pcm.
The Hitchin area covers three postcode groups, comprising SG 4, SG 5 and SG 6. Other towns in the same postcode groups include Breachwood Green, Kimpton, King’s Walden, Graveley, Little Wymondley,Great Wymondley, Apsley End, Fairfield Park, Higham, Gobion, Offley (including Little Offley),Pegsdon, Stotfold, Shillington and Pirton
Hitchin is a principal outer commuter station on the East Coast Main Line between London and the North East with trains to London at peak times at around 15 minute intervals and an overall journey time around 30-40 minutes. Hitchin is around 8 miles from the M1 (Jn 10 at Luton) and 6 miles from the A1M (Jn 8 at Stevenage), both offering fast road travel to London, or the M25 junctions around 15 miles to the south. Luton Airport is around 7 miles from Hitchin, with Stansted and Heathrow a little further at 22 and 33 miles respectively.
Hitchin is a relatively large historic Hertfordshire market town situated 37 miles – around an hour’s driving time – from London, and close to the larger towns of Luton, just across the border west into Bedfordshire, and Stevenage to the east. The town owes its origins to local farming and agriculture, initially rising to prominence as a wool town, but later becoming important as a regional centre for trading in grain and other cereal products, especially with the coming of the railway in the 19th century.
Hitchin retains a wealth of fine architecture recalling its historic links as an agricultural centre. The medieval parish church of St Mary is the largest church in Hertfordshire, its size and grandeur bearing testament to the prosperity which the wool trade brought to the town, while the 19th century Corn Exchange shows how important the trade in grains and cereals became to the town in the 1800s. Hitchin’s role as a staging post on the coach routes to the north is recalled by the numerous Georgian coaching inns in the town, their picturesque courtyards lying behind Hitchin’s largely unaltered narrow streets. Even today, Hitchin remains a market town with regular markets held every Tuesday and Saturday.
Through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the railway played a prominent role in promoting Hitchin as a desirable destination for those seeking a house move from central London or the outskirts of the town to the countryside. This trend has continued with a 2013 Times Newspaper poll placing Hitchin as the 9th best town in which to live – if you’re considering moving house to Hichin, you’re obviously in good company.
The town today has a good range of local shops, restaurants and other leisure services. The annual Hitchin Festival covers a range of activities including art, theatre, music and comedy. The Rhythms of the World festival, part of the Hitchin Festival, is the largest world music event of its kind attracting acts from around the world. Traditional British folk music is also represented, and Hitchin Folk Club is one of the oldest in the country.
As one of the prettiest Hertfordshire market towns, Hitchin retains the charm and attraction which first drew out-of-towners to move here in the railway age and, with its excellent transport connections to London, Cambridge and further afield, the town is as desirable as ever for those seeking a move to the country.
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