Bishops Stortford Travel Guide

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Bishops Stortford Things to Do

  • Cecil Rhodes

    Cecil John Rhodes is Bishop's Stortford's most famous son, having been born here in 1853. He was the founder of the diamond company De Beers, which today markets 40% of the world's rough diamonds and at one time marketed 90%. He was an ardent believer in colonialism and imperialism, and was the founder of the state of Rhodesia, which was named...

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  • King's Cottages

    Almshouses were still being built for the benefit of the poor in the early 20th century and in Bishop’s Stortford, King’s Cottages fulfilled that role. Comprising of five blocks, the first two to be erected were funded by Sir Walter Gilbey in 1906 in memory of his wife, and named as such in recognition of his association with royalty. A third...

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  • Bishop's Stortford Museum

    The Rhodes Museum was established in 1938 in two listed Victorian Buildings, one of which is the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes, Victorian Empire Builder. As such it is a significant local landmark and has national and international links. Today, the Rhodes Museum and Local History Museum have merged to become the Bishop's Stortford Museum. The...

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  • Windhill

    The mostly early 19th century houses that now line this wide and picturesque road were originally built as homes for wealthy and professional local people. It was their affluent disposition that allowed them to live here away from the noise and noxious smells of the town's market. Today the market place is no longer noisy, nor are there any bad...

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  • Half Moon Pub

    This inn began its life around 1642 in premises a few doors away where No 27 now stands next to the former White Horse Inn. Its popularity and importance at that time is confirmed by the fact that it issued its own trading tokens in 1666, each being worth one farthing. The inn also traded under different names on its original site, churchwardens’...

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  • The Chantry

    Although called The Chantry, this 16th century rather too pink building replaced the original Chantry house which was built in the 15th century.

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  • Corn Exchange

    Designed in the neo-classical style by Lewis Vulliamy and built in 1828, the Corn Exchange despite much alteration is still one of the few 19th century buildings in Bishop’s Stortford of real architectural merit. It is the oldest corn exchange in Hertfordshire and by far the most distinguished. There is even a suggestion that it inspired the design...

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  • Market Square

    This very small area beside the huge Corn Exchange hosts the market which actually extends down Potter Street. The first existence of a market in the town occurred during the reign of King Henry III in 1228. Bishops, like kings, were never slow at finding ways to increase revenue. And since no record exists of any king granting the town a charter...

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  • Methodist Church

    The first Methodist service held in Bishop’s Stortford took place in 1823 beneath a large tree in the Causeway. The following year a seed warehouse in Church Street was purchased and converted into a chapel, and the first minister appointed in 1828. The current Methodist Church was built in 1903 at a cost of £5,000.

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  • Former Railway Hotel

    After the railway arrived in Bishop’s Stortford in 1842, it was only a matter of time before an inn would be built close by and assume the name ‘Railway Inn’. Thomas Heskin Court, the large Victorian building at the junction of Station Road and London Road, was that inn. Opened in 1850 it was owned in 1852 by James Patmore, an industrious man who...

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  • The Cock Inn

    Of the four inns that once traded here the Cock is the oldest and the only one still in business. Constructed around 1547, it has been a tavern since 1620 and was first known as the Black Lion. In 1749 it was renamed the Vernon’s Head and at some later date, the Cock Inn. In coaching days, attendants and servants of ‘notable’ travellers would lodge...

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  • Guardians of the Union Workhouse

    This mock Tudor building was built in 1926 as headquarters for the Guardians of the Union Workhouse on the site of a former cottage and corn shop.

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  • War Memorial

    The War Memorial was unveiled on 3 April 1921 to commemorate the 207 men of the town who lost their lives in the First World War. It is said that the town of Bishop’s Stortford gave proportionally more of its manhood in that conflict than any other town in the Empire. The names of a further 107 local men and women killed in the Second World War...

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  • Castle Gardens

    During the 19th century the castle mound and eight acres of surrounding land was owned by the Taylor family, but in 1907 they decided to sell-up. The creation of Castle Gardens took place in 1907/08 when it was laid out with trees, flower beds, footpaths, fencing, bandstand and a shelter converted from an old cow shed. And as with all public...

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  • River Stort

    Unusually, the River Stort is named after the town, and not the town after the river. When early cartographers came to the town in the early 1600s, they reasoned that the town must have been named for the ford over the Stort and assumed the river was called the Stort. It has been ever since. Until then, there was no official name for the river....

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  • Waytemore Castle

    Said to have been constructed before the Norman Conquest of 1066, all that remains today of Waytemore Castle, to the east of the town centre, is this large motte (a raised mound in the form of a small, often artificial hill and topped with a wooden or stone structure known as a keep). However, the castle wasn't mentioned in the Domesday Book of...

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  • Black Lion Inn

    This wonderful looking pub dates back to the 16th century. Like most buildings of the Tudor period the inn’s exterior was originally plastered over to hide its timber-frame structure but when, in 1899, the property was renovated by local builder Joseph Glasscock, he painstakingly removed every inch of the plaster to reveal what we see today.

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  • United Reformed Church

    The site of this wonderful looking church has been religious since 1706 when a barn, here, was bought and converted into a Meeting House. This was then replaced in 1767 by a brick-built chapel. By 1858 the structure of the brick-built chapel was in urgent need of attention, but when repairs were estimated at £1,200 it was decided the money would be...

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Bishops Stortford Hotels

  • Days Hotel London Stansted - M11

    Jct 8, M11 Mtrwy, Old Dunmow Rd, Welcome Break Birchanger Green, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 5QZ, Unite

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • The Willows Guest House

    35 Bagdale, Bambers Green, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 6PE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • George Green Farm

    Little Hallingbury, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 7PP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Bishops Stortford Restaurants

  • Good rural pub with homemade pies

    This little pub is popular with locals and tourists alike. It is located in a village close to Bishop's Stortford, not far way from Stansted Airport and in vicinity of a couple of B&Bs. The George (after King George IV) is located in a half-timbered building with a low ceiling, dating back from the 17th century. There is not a big variety of...

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  • A Not So Traditional Sunday Lunch...

    This lovely restaurant is in the heart of the historical town of Bishops Stortford. Their website shows the range of dining services and the typical menus available. We spent an enjoyable Sunday lunchtime here and all 4 in our party thoroughly enjoyed their choices!Our only gripe was that the service was a little slow and disorganised even though...

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  • Yet Another Zizzi!

    My second visit to a Zizzi restaurant in less than 2 weeks since discovering the first one in London! (Have since been to my third in Milton Keynes - all 3 within a month!!)They just keep getting better - but if I had to, I wouldn't be able to choose a favourite between them! Between 4 of us, we tried a salad, and 2 different pizzas (2 in the...

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Bishops Stortford Nightlife

  • All the latest films

    Up until 1958, Bishop’s Stortford boasted two cinemas and regular entertainment in its various clubs and dance halls. Ironically, as the town’s population grew in the 1970s, social amenities rapidly declined and local entertainment was generally limited to a night out in a local pub. After several false starts, construction of this £11m leisure...

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  • Three Tuns

    Iwould really, really like The Three Tuns to be a decent pub. But it's not. And it's not, despite some pump-up reviews I've seen on the internet.It's one of those locals that caters mainly for people who know the landlord, and is replete with the bog standard two Greene King non-lagers, but the usual array of cheap but strong lagers.There is music,...

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Bishops Stortford Transportation

  • Train station

    Bishop's Stortford station first opened in 1842 and today links the town to London Liverpool Street along the West Anglia Main Line serviced by National Express East Anglia trains. Services also go to Cambridge, Stratford, Harlow and King's Lynn. There is also a service to London Stansted Airport which goes via Bishop's Stortford to Liverpool...

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  • Bus station

    The bus station is located near the train station. For local services visit http://www.intalink.org.uk/Regular coach services link Stansted Airport to London, and Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Services also go into East Anglia, Brighton, and via Cambridge to the Midlands and the North. For National Express information visit...

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Bishops Stortford Shopping

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    by Willettsworld Written May 10, 2009

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    Bishop's Stortford is well caterd for with shops such as Marks & Spencer, Boots, Waitrose etc plus it has a shopping mall called Jackson Square with shops such as Argos, Clarks, Monsoon, Next, New Look, Sainsbury's, Superdrug and Thorntons.

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Bishops Stortford Off The Beaten Path

  • King Street

    A flight of stone steps leads from Basbow Lane to the bottom of King Street, a steep hill lined with early 19th century terraced cottages that are mostly fronted with white picket fencing. High on the wall of numbers 25-33 can still be seen fire insurance company ‘firemarks’ – the ‘Royal’ insurance plates being an indication to fire fighters of the...

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  • Basbow Lane

    This small lane has a few nice 18th century houses. At the far end of the lane is Steps Cottage, arguably the most unusual building in Bishop's Stortford. Triangular in shape and barely six feet wide at its narrowest point, this house appears to have been built to fit the small parcel of land at the bottom of the hill where Basbow Lane and King...

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    by Willettsworld Written May 10, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Recently moved, the Tourist Information Centre is located at 2 Market Place opposite the huge Corn Exchange in the centre of town. They have friendly staff plus loads of information and maps on Bishop's Stortford, the local area, London and further afield. They also sell a whole range of local and national souvenirs.

    Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.

    http://www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/

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