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Hertfordshire place-names

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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-06-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-10-20.


County description

The Historic Counties Trust describes Hertfordshire as follows:

Hertfordshire, particularly southern Hertfordshire, is much affected by its closeness to the Metroplitan conurbation, sprouting ubiquitous red brick housing developments and hostile trunk roads. Despite that though much of the county has remained rural and unspoilt. The west of Hertfordshire rises into the edge of the Chilterns, with its typical small villages and beechwoods. From the Colne Valley's birch and blackthorn woodlands to the mixed farmlands of the bulk of the county are networks of footpaths for all to enjoy. The county's most charming town is the city of St Albans. It stands on a hill overseen by St Albans Abbey, a very large and distinctive church, and a cathedral since 1877. St Albans has the important Roman remains of the city of Verulamium. Hertford, the county town, combines the old market town with a busy modern outer town.

Main Towns: Abbots Langley, Barnet, Berkhamstead, Bishop's Stortford, Borehamwood, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, Hertford, St Albans, Tring, Watford, Welwyn Garden City.
Main Rivers: Lea, Colne, Stort, Ivel, Rib, Mimram.
Highlights: St Albans Cathderal; Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence; Hatfield House; Verulamium roman remains.
Highest Point: Pavis Wood (nr Hastoe), 244.75 m.
Area: 1882.92 km.[1]


19th Century

4 Robin Hood-related place-names first documented in the 19th century.

20th Century

2 Robin Hood-related place-names first documented in the 20th century.

All localities

12 Place-names and localities.

Place-name clusters

2 Clusters of Robin Hood place-names, localities with local traditions, literary locales etc.

Lists and gazetteers




  1. The Historic Counties Trust has kindly allowed me to quote its county descriptions in toto. I have converted square miles to km2 and feet to meters.