Perhaps Hemel Hempstead doesn't have so many attractions and action as you could find in London, but this is one of the places you could settle in if you're not so 'in love' with London and its rush. Nice and cosy houses, not so many renters, what makes the environment much cleaner.
GRANT'S HEMEL PAGE.
Hemel Hempstead is a large town only 30 miles north of London.This is the place that I still think of as my home town as I lived here nearly all my life. I moved to London in 1996. Why visit Hemel? Well you have the choice of bustling town life or beautiful countryside 10 minutes away. near the motorway and railway for easy access to London, but not too close!!
It really is a nice place to visit.
"THE OLD HIGH STREET."
As early as 1539 there had been a market on this site and in that year King Henry VIII created a charter for Hemel Hempstead which allowed more building work.More workshops, inns and a new market were built making Market street as it was then known ,to be the focus of the whole town. The road is now known as the Old High Street.
"THE HIGH STREET IN 2006."
The old high street still has shops and inns (now called pubs!) and as you can see hasn't changed much from the 1882 photo above. This is no longer the main shopping street but still has plenty of visitors.