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    Hertford Museum

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    The Hertford Museum occupies an early 17th century town house but was closed for refurbishment when I visited and is due to re-open in early 2010. I hope to write more about it when it re-opens.

    18 Bull Plain
    Open: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm.

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    Postern Gate and Castle Walls

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    The flint walls of the castle were built between 1170 and 1174 and once surrounded the whole castle compound that used to have a wall made of timber. The walls now only encircle about half way. Postern Gate in the walls dates from the 14th century.

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    First General Synod

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    Outside the entrance to the gatehouse lies this ceremonial stone that states: "Near this spot was held the first general synod of the English church on 24 September 673A.D. under the presidency of Theodore of Tarsus, seventh Archbishop of Canterbury and first primate of all England."

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    Hertford Castle

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    It is unknown when the first castle was constructed at Hertford, although it was built by the Normans and grew up from two burhs (fortified places) established by Edward The Elder around 911AD. By the time of the Norman Invasion in 1066, a 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) and bailey (an enclosed courtyard, typically surrounded by a wooden fence) were on the site surrounded by a moat.

    The building often referred to as Hertford Castle is in fact the gatehouse, built in the mid 15th century. The castle itself no longer stands but occupied the enclosed area behind the gatehouse. For 300 years a Royal Palace stood within the flint walls having previously been one of a series of castles built for defence purposes. James I of Scotland was a prisoner at Hertford Castle, as were the Templar’s. Queen Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood at both Hatfield House and Hertford Castle. The gatehouse, today, is used as offices for the local and district council.

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    Ice House

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    Lying on the southern side of the gatehouse, just beyond the walls lies a small green area where you can see a mound. This was once an ice house built during the 18th century when the gatehouse was used as a private mansion. Ice houses were forms of early refrigerators which used ice cut from rivers to store food for long periods of time. The large dip in the green area is the site of the castle's inner and outer moats which were fed by the nearby River Lea.

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    Corn Exchange

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    The Corn Exchange was built in 1858 on what was the site of the County Gaol. At one time it was a library.

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    Shire Hall

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    The Shire Hall was designed by James Adam and built between 1767 and 1769. John Briant's clock was added in 1824.

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    St. Andrew's Church

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    The original St. Andrew's Church was of Saxon origin. The present church was consecrated in 1870, replacing a 15th Century building which had fallen into a poor state of repair.

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    United Reformed Church

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    Just towards the town centre, along Cowbridge, from the Baptist Church, lies the flint United Reformed Church that was built in 1862.

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    Baptist Church

    by Willettsworld Updated May 4, 2009

    The main Baptist Church in Hertford was built in 1906 at the junction of Cowbridge and Port Hill, to the north-west of the town centre.

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