Berkhamsted's parish church is St. Peter's, one of the largest parish churches in Hertfordshire. It was consecrated in 1222 by the Bishop of Lincoln, although parts of the church are believed to be older. At the back of the church lies a marble tomb of a knight and his lady. It is thought to be that of Henry of Berkhamsted, one of the Black...more
To see a cinema from the golden age of film going visitors must see the Rex Cinema in the High Street. The cinema opened in 1938 and closed in 1988 but re-opened as a private venture in 2004. It has all the feel of a cinema from the 1930s and even if you do not want to see a film you can see the foyer where there is a cafe. You could perhaps...more
There used to be a Home and Colonial in every English town but they closed years ago so I think the shop of this name in the High Street is an attempt to recreate one of these classic English shops.This is a real treasure house of old books, furniture, clothes, shoes, bags and other interesting things. A wonderful shop to browse around. I must...more
The town has many old buildings and they all carry a blue plaque explaining who lived there. A typical old house is Dean Incents house opposite the church in the High Street. John Incent was Dean of St Pauls Cathedral between 1500 and 1545 and he was the founder of Berkhamsted Collegiate school which still exists today.His house in the town (see...more
The Grand Union Canal passes through the town on its way from London to Birmingham. It lost its canal trade as late as the early 1960s and the small inland port around the Castle Street area also disappeared with the loss of commercial traffic.However the canal lives on for the use of the many colourful canal craft that ply this busy canal. There...more
Near the railway station (on the other side of the tracks coming from the town centre) are the ruins of Berkhamsted Castle.There was already a Saxon fort on this site when in 1066 King William granted the Manor and Honour of Berkhamsted to his half brother Robert and work began on a castle - the site was seen as important as it guarded a main route...more
There used to be a timber yard on the spot near the Grand Union Canal at Castle Street where flats now stand and if you look in to this private complex you can see one of Englands four totem poles.In the early 1960s, Roger Alsford, a great-grandson of the founder of the timber company , went to work at the Tahsis lumber mill on Vancouver Island....more
We had a lovely stroll around this ruined castle on peaceful Sunday afternoon."William the Conqueror received the submission of the English at Berkhamsted Castle after the Battle of Hastings. Around 1070, his half-brother, Robert of Mortain, built a timber castle. It was in the classic Norman motte-and-bailey form, with a defensive conical mound...more
The Rex Cinema is an Art Deco masterpiece. It opened with ‘Heidi’ starring Shirley Temple on 9th May 1938 on one huge screen with the sharpest film projection and clearest non-booming sound anywhere in the world. However, due to modern technology and multi-screen complex cinemas, it closed down in 1988. Then, after refurbishment it re-opened in...more
Berkhamsted Town Hall was designed by Edward Buckton Lamb and opened in 1860. It was largely funded by public subscription. It replaced a Market House and was always intended to be multi-functional. Over the years it accommodated council meetings, classrooms, theatre, a postal sorting office and a British Restaurant. By the late 1960s it was worn...more
The ruin of Berkhamsted castle is located right beside the railway line. The original fortification dates from Saxon times although what remains is Norman. Work on the Norman structure was started in 1066 by William the Conqueror who later passed the castle to his half-brother, Robert, Count of Mortain. Berkhamsted was of some strategic importance,...more
Berkhamsted is a small town yet it has about 8 pubs. Most are located on the High Street and one, The Crystal Palace, is located on the canal near the castle.
The railway arrived in Berkhamsted in 1838 and the town's station is located near the castle. In fact some of the earthworks of the castle were demolished in order to build the railway line. From Berkhamsted, Monday to Saturdays there are 4 trains per hour southbound to London Euston, and a half-hourly service northbound to both Tring and Milton...more
There is a small but interesting collection of market stalls in the High Street near Costa Coffee. The stalls include the best bread stall I have ever seen, a needlework stall, a fruit stall, a DVD / CD stall with one of the best DVD sections ever and several other interesting stalls.