Hatfield, one of the post-war New Towns built around London, is becoming increasingly popular with families and commuters who work in London. The town is rich in history, with the British Aerospace, University of Hertfordshire and Hatfield House.
The town is a great place to visit for the weekend with lots to see and do! You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of Hatfield hotels on offer to make your stay memorable.
The towns history
The town grew up around the gates of Hatfield House, with many historic buildings still standing including the Old Palace, St Etheldreda’s church and Hatfield House. In 1930, the airfield and aircraft factory was opened and by 1949 it became the largest employer in the town, with almost 4,000 staff. It was taken over in 1960 and merged into British Aerospace in 1978. Here, small biplanes were produced and after the war, was expanded to develop the Comet airliner. It relocated and closed the hatfield site in 1993, to make way for housing, schools, commerce and retail.
If you love country houses, then Hatfield House is a place you must visit whilst in Hatfield! Set in the large great Park, this Jacobean house is a leading example of a prodigy house, built by wealthy families to display ambition and incredible taste. The country house was built in 1611, owned by the Cecil family. The house is open to the public for tours of the house and surrounding gardens, and there are also five miles of marked trails to explore.
The River Lea originates in Luton in the Chiltern Hills, flowing through the southeast, east and then south through east London where it meets the River Thames. You can find the river within the 3000 acres of land at Hatfield House. Take a peaceful stroll along the waterways, and even enjoy a picnic in the summer months here.
Mill Green Museum
For another slice of Hatfield history, why not visit the working 18th century watermill? Here you can explore the 18th and 19th century machinery restored to full working order, in regularly use to grind organic wheat for local bakeries. The mill also houses three galleries, showing changing displays of art and local history. There are even craft and baking workshops held here for children to enjoy!