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Stevenage lies among the open farmlands in the countryside of Hertfordshire, just 30 miles north of London in a break between the Northern Chilterns and the East Anglian Heights. Stevenage looks like the modern town, but the Romans and Saxons share responsibility for how it looks today.

The history of Stevenage dates back to prehistoric times.  The earliest evidence of the settlement is the six Roman burial mounds beside the Great North Road date from AD100 . With the fall of the Roman Empire the Anglo-Saxons arrived, calling their settlement "Stigenace" meaning "Strong Oak".

Over the centuries, Stevenage evolved gradually, from medieval market town, with its own charter fair, to coaching stop on the Great North Road, to country town on the Great Northern Railway within easy commuting distance of London.

In 1946 Stevenage was designated Britain's first New Town, to help relieve London's post-war housing and overcrowding. The New Town was planned around the Old Town is divided into residential neighbourhoods, each with its local shopping centre, school, church and health care facilities. Although the majority of houses are modern, there are attractive period properties in the Old Town. The High Street in the Old Town is now a conservation area, which retains much of its original character and charm.

The pedestrianised town centre was the first traffic free zone in Britain and the main shopping area Queensway was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1959.

Fairlands Valley Park consists 120 acres of beautiful parkland situated within the heart of Stevenage. The park supports a varied selection of wildlife, and an assortment of wildfowl can be seen on the established reserve. The 11 acre sailing lake is used for sailing and angling.

 

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