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Hertfordshire (including Broxbourne, Dacorum, East Hertfordshire, Hertsmere, North Hertfordshire, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield) is in the East of England. It has a population of around 1,116,000 and covers approximately 164,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, London, Middlesex.

County flag of HertfordshireHertfordshire was first referred to more than a thousand years ago in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Since the 1920s the county has had associations with the British film industry including Elstree Studios, Borehamwood and Leavesden Studios. Knebworth House, has over the years been used as a location in many films and as a venue for events including concerts by a number of well known bands. Originally built during the 15th century, the Tudor house was remodelled during the 19th century with Gothic style features. Facilities at the house can be hired to hold social or business events and there are heritage education programmes available. Performing arts venues in Hertfordshire include Watford Palace Theatre, the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City, Watford Colosseum and the Market Theatre in Hitchin.

Hatfield House was built during the early 17th century on land where the Royal Palace of Hatfield, once home to Queen Elizabeth I, stood previously. The house retains many Jacobean features including its carved staircase and stained glass windows and exhibits include tapestries, paintings and items with links to Elizabeth I. Set among extensive gardens, Hatfield hosts a number of events during the year, ranging from markets and fairs to concerts, film screenings and banquets. Hertford Museum houses collections such as natural history, archaeology and works of art and includes exhibits which help visitors to learn about the history of the county town. Other attractions in Hertfordshire include St Albans Cathedral, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery, Welwyn Roman Baths, Verulamium Museum in St Albans, Cassiobury Park in Watford and College Lake Nature Reserve.

Frederick Landseer Maur Griggs

(Born 1876 in Hitchin in Hertfordshire), Etching, Illustration

Griggs is well known for his illustration in the Highways and Byways Guides, which he created from 1902 until his death in 1938.

Clement John Heaton

(Born 1861 in Watford in Hertfordshire), Mosaic, Stained glass

Metalworker, stained glass artist and founder of Heatons Cloisonne Mosaics Ltd in 1885. He learnt his trade in his fathers firm.

William Cowper

(Born 1731 in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire), Poetry

One of the most famous poets of his time, Cowper wrote poems about the everyday this in life. He also wrote hymns such as Amazing Grace. He also wrote: God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform He plants His footsteps in the sea And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill He treasures up His bright designs And works His sov reign will. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy and shall break