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Hertfordshire county
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Country United Kingdom
Part of the country England
region East of England

status Ceremonial and Administrative County
First mention 866 (as Heorotfordscir )

Ceremonial county

Administrative county
Administrative authority Hertfordshire County Council
Administrative headquarters Hertford
ISO-3166-2 GB-HRT
surface 1,643 km²
Residents 1,184,365
was standing June 30, 2018
ONS code 26th
GSS code E10000015
NUTS code UKH23

! Districts /! Unitary Authorities
  1. Three Rivers
  2. Watford
  3. Hertsmere
  4. Welwyn Hatfield
  5. Broxbourne
  6. East Hertfordshire
  7. Stevenage
  8. North Hertfordshire
  9. St Albans
  10. Dacorum

Hertfordshire [ ˈhɑːtfədʃə ] (usually abbreviated as "Herts") is a county in England , north of London . It belongs to the East of England administrative region . About 1.1 million people live in Hertfordshire.


Hertfordshire borders the London boroughs of Hillingdon , Harrow , Barnet and Enfield . To the east of Hertfordshire is Essex , to the west is Buckinghamshire and to the north are Bedfordshire , Luton and Cambridgeshire . Most of the county is inhabited by commuters to London. In 1965 Hertfordshire lost the town of Barnet to Greater London and instead got Potters Bar and South Mimms from Middlesex .

Hertfordshire itself was, in earlier times, just the area surrounding Hertford Fortress . It was built in 913 under the rule of Edward the Elder . The name Hertfordshire appears for the first time in the Anglo-Saxon chronicle of 1011.

The county’s motto is Trust and Fear Not .

The New River begins in Hertfordshire , a canal that was created in 1613 to supply London with fresh drinking water.

The highest point in the county is around 270 meters above sea level near the village of Hastoe.

On December 11, 2005, after an explosion, a fire broke out in an oil store near Hemel Hempstead , which is considered to be one of the largest in Europe in peacetime.

Important cities and towns


Web links

Wiktionary: Hertfordshire  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Commons : Hertfordshire  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Mid 2018 Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 51 ° 50 ′  N , 0 ° 13 ′  W