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Top 5 historic attractions in Hertfordshire

9 Feb 2021

Hertford has been around for many hundreds of years. During this time, various buildings appeared and disappeared on the territory of this town, turning into ruins. But some of them have survived to this day and still delight residents and guests of the city with their unique views. Chameleon-decorators will help restore glass to its original state, it works even with objects of historical value.

The Beautiful Hertford Castle

The town used to have hills, fortified by Edward the Elder. A stunning castle was later built in their place, and almost all of it collapsed. Only a small gatehouse has survived, which dates from the middle of the 15th century.

Hertford Castle was used as a prison for kings and nobles. A ruler of Scotland was imprisoned there. It was during the Hundred Years’ War. The castle was also a palace, which the nobles gave to their wives. Queen Elizabeth I grew up on this estate in Herts, southern England.

When there was a plague in London, the entire parliament gathered in that castle. This helped them to maintain their health in difficult times. When James I ascended the throne, the castle began to lose its superiority.

Subsequently, the premises started to be leased, and went to the Marquis of Downshire in the late 1700s. He carried out:

– minor restoration of rooms;

– sash windows restoration in Hertfordshire;

– increased the area of the castle.

In the next century, the chambers began to be used as the East India College. A few years later, the educational institution was moved to Hertford Heath. After that, the castle was transferred to an elementary school, but then it became personal property once again.

In 1911, Salisbury (the lord of the time) handed over the remains of the great castle to the Hertford Corporation. The new owners converted the gatehouse into the offices of the city council, and made a cozy park out the adjacent site. Now, it is still in good condition, but the castle and the tower disappeared a long time ago.

The transformation of the gatehouse has been under way since 1463. The first rebuilding was undertaken by Edward IV, and later the premises were changed by the Marquis of Downshire. The design of the rooms has also changed – they were made in the Georgian style. The shape of the windows was improved and a south wing was added. In the century before last, the northern wing was built too.

The builders involved in the final modification of the gatehouse noticed that the building has hidden 15th century masonry. The original partitions have now been restored and the building has acquired its original appearance. Today, the works of the company allow people to get acquainted with this building of historical value. At the same time, the territory is leased for private and other events.

The Shire Hall in Hertford

Architect James Adam has created many architectural landmarks, including the Shire Hall. The building was completed in three years, starting in 1769. It was used for ships and halls of fabrication. For several decades, the building housed a corn exchange.

The meeting room was initially used as a venue for concerts and theater performances. It even became a ballroom in a film (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice).

The building had heritage wooden windows, and the rooms themselves were often transformed and their design changed. Over time, closer to the 1980s, the building began to collapse. Because of this, it was decided to reconstruct it in order to preserve this object of cultural heritage as better as possible.

Until 1939, the county councils met in this house. Many trials are held in the Shire Hall until today, and some decisions are taken in Stevenage or St Albans.

St. Leonard’s Church

The list of landmarks includes many buildings and castles, including St. Leonard’s Church. It was built in 1120. This building is one of the oldest in Hertford. Originally, it had timber windows and matching interior design. When the Church of the Holy Trinity was built, this building gradually ceased to be used. The restoration work allowed to bring the original design of the church back.

The Salisbury Hotel

This hotel was built in the 15th century. It was built up gradually, and several wings were created in the 17th century. The east wing overlooks Church Street, and the west one overlooks Bell Lane. Currently, the hotel’s open gallery has a roof, and window decorations are used inside the building.

St. Nicholas Hall

There is a timbered building on St. Andrew Street, built in the middle of the 15th century. Behind the Vergé house, there were beautiful cottages from the very beginning. They were demolished in 1892, and the St. Nicholas Hall was built there later. In 1970, it was included in the house, and the building has been pleasing people with its beauty until now.

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