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Hitchin is a market town in Hertfordshire, England. It has a population of more than 33,000, and is made up of the following districts: Bearton, Benslow, Poets Estate, Purwell, Sunnyside, Walsworth, West Hitchin and Westmill. It overlooks the River Hiz, and is twinned with the following towns: Nuits-St-Georges (France) and Bingen am Rhein (Germany). The town forms part of the local government district of North Hertfordshire and has five electoral wards: Highbury, Oughton, Priory, Walsmowrth and Bearton.
Hitchin was originally hub for the Hicca people: a tribe present in the 7th century. In 1086, Hitchin was mentioned in the Doomsday Book, and described as a Royal Manor, on account of its feudal services.
The name is Hitchin is closely associated with the River Hiz that runs through the town. In the 15th century, Hitchin was known for its trading of wool and, by the 17th century, the city became a trading point for coaches arriving from London.
In the mid-19th century, Hitchin prospered with the railway which greatly improved connections two and from the town. A corn exchange was later built and helped transform Hitchin into a hub for grain trading.
Today, Hitchin is a bustling market town with glorious architecture and a wide range of shops. Popular sites include the British Schools Museum, the Stotfold Watermill & Nature Reserve and St. Mary’s Church. Other sites worth seeing are the Queen Mother Theatre and St Paul’s Walden Bury. For a taste of nature, head to Hitchin Lavender, and for shopping check out Hitchin Market.
Hitchin railway station is part of the Great Northern Line and offers direct links to Stevenage, London, Peterborough and Cambridge. There are various roads which connects to Stevenage include the A505, THE a606 and the A602. The closest airport to Hitchin is Luton Airport at nine miles away.
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