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A BIT ABOUT STEVENAGE
Stevenage is located approximately 30 miles north of London, and has a population of circa 85k.
Some Background History of Stevenage
The origin of Stevenage was as a Saxon village in 7th Century Hertfordshire. It was called Stith ac, which means ‘strong oak’.
In 1281 Stevenage was granted a twice weekly market, and an annual fair. It is likely that both were probably held in the wide part of the present High Street to the north of Middle Row. The Stevenage Old Town High Street is closed for an annual fair even today.
In the late 13th Century Stevenage had become a small market town, growing to a population of circa 1,000 by the 14th Century.
From the mid-18th Century stagecoaches began to pass through the town, and Stevenage began to prosper. However, in 1850 with the coming of the Great Northern Railway to Stevenage the era of the stagecoach ended.
In 1894 Stevenage was granted an urban district council.
In 1946 the New Town Act was passed. The government planned to move people from Inner London to market towns away from the capital. Stevenage only began expansion after it was declared the first new town to be built in 1946, following the Second World War.
Stevenage Clock Tower (Grade II Listed Building)
Stevenage Town Centre Clock Tower which is 19m high designed by the architect Leonard Vincent and was built in 1959. The Clock Tower has four panels which commemorates the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II on 20 April 1959 to open the first phase of the town centre aptly called Queensway. On the east face is a map in painted ceramic tiles showing Stevenage and the principal occupations of its residents. The north face commemorates the work of the Stevenage Development Corporation between 1946 and 1980. On the west face there is a bronze relief portrait of Lewis Silkin who was the Minister of Town and Country Planning and approved the designation of Stevenage as the first New Town in November 1946.
Stevenage Town Centre Gardens
Women & Doves bronze sculpture by David Norris
stands in the Town Centre Gardens in Stevenage
During the 1950s and 1960s six new self-contained neighbourhoods were created, Broadwater, Shephall, Chells, Bedwell, Pin Green, and Symonds Green. The Queen opened the town centre in 1959. More recently, a new area has been developed in the north part of the town called Great Ashby. The Stevenage Old Town remains largely unchanged following the development of New Stevenage, and it is this area which has allowed Stevenage to retain its charm.
Stevenage Old Town Middle Row (left) High Street (right)
Stevenage Holy Trinity Church, Stevenage Old Town
Local Attractions and Places of Interest in and around Stevenage
Fairlands Valley Park
Fairlands Valley Park was built in the early 1970’s in the heart of Stevenage, and is around 120 acres in total of which 20 acres consist of 4 linked lakes called, the Balancing Pond, the Environment Lake, the Millennium Lake, and the Main Lake.
Facilities at Fairlands Valley Park include:
- 2 Children’s Play areas
- 1 Water Play Facility
- An Activity Centre with activities including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, orienteering, rowing, power kites, raft building, dragon boats, bell boats, mountain boards and buggies.
- A Café
- An Orienteering Trail & Trim Track
- A Showground
- Woodland Areas
- A Horse & Pony Track
Fairlands Valley Park has been voted one of the top 15 free visitor attractions in the United Kingdom.
Find out more about Fairlands Valley Park at http://www.stevenage.gov.uk/about-stevenage/fairlands-valley-park/51725/
Fairlands Valley Lakes
Knebworth House has been home to the Lytton family since 1490, and is steeped in history and full of charm. The exterior of the house has turrets, domes and gargoyles, and makes quite an impact silhouetted against its beautiful grounds. The house has stood far longer than the Victorian décor would indicate, and the stucco hides from view a red brick house dating back to the Tudor times. The house is open to the public together with its surrounding gardens and park. In the park is the medieval St Mary's Church and the Lytton family mausoleum.
Knebworth House hosts many major events in its grounds every year which attracts thousands of visitors. For children there is a Dino Trail, and a large children’s Adventure Playground.
The house contains exhibits of letters from its two most famous visitors, Winston Churchill and Charles Dickens who were both regular visitors and good friends of the Lytton family.
Over the last few decades it has also become a venue for major outdoor music festivals, and has hosted concerts by:
- The Rolling Stones
- Led Zeppelin
- Pink Floyd
- Paul McCartney
- Mike Oldfield
- Deep Purple
Movies filmed at Knebworth House include:
- Batman (1989) exterior shots of the house as Bruce Wayne’s mansion
- The Canterville Ghost (1996)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Yule Ball Staircase Scene
- St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold (2009)
- The King’s Speech (2010) Balmoral Party and other scenes
Find out more about Knebworth House at www.knebworthhouse.com
Other Attractions in Stevenage
Gordon Craig Theatre
Indoor Swimming Pool
Cinema &Leisure Park
Stevenage F C
Facts about Stevenage
- Thomas Alleyne founded a grammar school in 1558
- In 1928, Philip Vincent bought the HRD Motorcycle Co Ltdout of receivership, immediately moving it to Stevenage and renaming it the Vincent HRD Motorcycle Co Ltd. Vincent produced the legendary motorcycles, including the Black Shadow and Black Lightning, in Stevenage until 1955.
- A new railway station was built at Stevenage in 1973
Famous Residents Past & Present
Lewis Hamilton (born 1985) Formula One World Champion (2008 & 2014)
Ashley Young (born 1985) Manchester United footballer
Jack Wilshere (born 1992) Arsenal footballer
Phil Vincent (1908-1979), British motorcycle pioneer
Leslie Phillips, Actor, evacuated to Stevenage during the Second World War
Denholm Elliott (1922-1992), Actor, who lived in the house now known as the ‘Little Folks Lab Nursery’ in North Road
Albert and Ebenezer Fox (1857-1926, 1857-1936), infamous poachers
Richard Norwood (c.1590-1675), the first person to survey the islands of Bermuda
Major Employers in Stevenage
EADS Astrium Ltd
MBDA Systems Ltd
East & North Herts NHS Trust
John Lewis Plc. (Waitrose)
The Institute of Engineering & Technology
Fujitsu Services Ltd
Stevenage Borough Council
Local Business Parks
Argyle Way Stevenage SG1 2AD
Arlington Business Park Gunnels Wood Road Stevenage SG1 2BE
Arlington Court Whittle Way Stevenage SG1 2FS
Astonbury Business Park Aston SG2 7EG
Babbage Road Stevenage SG1 2TU
Bessemer Drive Stevenage SG1 2DL
Boulton Road Stevenage SG1 4QX
Bowman Trading Estate Bessemer Drive Stevenage SG1 2DL
Business & Technology Centre Bessemer Drive Stevenage SG1 2DL
Cartwright Road Stevenage SG1 4QJ
Cavendish Road Stevenage SG1 2ET
Caxton Place Caxton Way Stevenage SG1 2UG
Caxton Point Bessemer Road Stevenage SG1 2XU
Caxton Way Stevenage SG1 2DF
Chells Enterprise Village Chells Way Stevenage SG2 0LQ
Cockerell Close Stevenage SG1 2NB
Cromer House Caxton Way Stevenage SG1 2DF
Crompton Road Stevenage SG1 2EE
Eastman Way Stevenage SG1 4SZ
Fulton Close Stevenage SG1 2AF
Gateway 1000 Whittle Way Stevenage SG1 2FP
Gunnels Wood Park Gunnels Wood Road Stevenage SG1 2BH
Gunnels Wood Road Stevenage SG1 2BT
Hyatt Trading Estate Babbage Road Stevenage SG1 2EQ
I O Centre (The) Whittle Way Stevenage SG1 2BD
Leyden Road Stevenage SG1 2BW
Marymead Workshops Willows Link Stevenage SG2 8AB
Maxwell Road Stevenage SG1 2EW
Meadway Court Rutherford Close Stevenage SG1 2EF
Mindenhall Court High Street Stevenage SG1 3UN
Monkswood Retail Park Elder Way Stevenage SG1 1TL
Norton Green Road Stevenage SG1 2BA
Norton Road Stevenage SG1 2BB
Orbital Centre (The) Cockerell Close Stevenage SG1 2NB
Parsons Green Estate Boulton Road Stevenage SG1 4QG
Pond Close Walkern Road Stevenage SG1 3QP
Roaring Meg Retail Park Stevenage SG1 1XN
Roebuck Retail Park Stevenage SG1 1XZ
Rutherford Close Stevenage SG1 2EF
Senate Place Stevenage SG1 4QS
Six Hills Way Stevenage SG1 2DD
Stevenage Business Park Eastman Way Stevenage SG1 4SZ
Stevenage Enterprise Centre Orchard Road Stevenage SG1 3HH
Stevenage Trade Park Argyle Way Stevenage SG1 2AD
Viewpoint Babbage Road Stevenage SG1 2EQ
Vincent Court Fishers Green Road Stevenage SG1 2PT
Wedgwood Court Wedgwood Road Stevenage SG1 4QR
Wedgwood Gate Wedgwood Road Stevenage SG1 4SU
Wedgwood Way Stevenage SG1 4QB
Whittall Industrial Estate Argyle Way Stevenage SG1 2AD
Whittle Way Stevenage SG1 2BD
Whitworth Road Stevenage SG1 4QS