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Bishop's Stortford Museum
“Part of the town’s art complex, this local museum is full of info on this historic market town” - VisitEngland Assessor
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Just outside the town centre is the place to find out about Bishop’s Stortford, a historic market town that has been a settlement since Roman times. As well as its permanent exhibits, the museum offers a number of regular events, such as ‘Take Me Back Tuesday’, ‘Knit and Natter’, stories for children, and tours of the museum. Parking is available.
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As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.
The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.
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