Hatfield (Hertfordshire)

Hatfield is a town in District Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire, north of London. The city has about 33,000 inhabitants. She is an old trading town on the road from London to the north.

Modern development

In Hatfield many London commuters live, because the proximity to the city resulted in strong population growth in recent decades. The most important local employer was for a long time until about 1990 the aircraft. The De Havilland Aircraft Company here had their first and most important work with adjoining airfield. Later this property was acquired by British Aerospace. The Company promoted since 1951, the creation of a Technical College in Hatfield.

Its extensive grounds include scenes of the movie Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg, as well as the series Band of Brothers were filmed.

From the late 1990s, the airport area to an urban development area was. The University of Hertfordshire advanced here their central De Havilland Campus and closed the offices in Watford and Hertford. It created an industrial area, a large shopping center ( The Galleria ), a sports park and flats.


Hatfield is located a few kilometers north of the London orbital motorway (M25 ) and from the highway-like developed the A1 ( M) cut. Also Hatfield is on the main railway line East Coast Main Line: London (King 's Cross ) - Newcastle - Edinburgh.

Railway accidents

On 17 October 2000 a momentous railway accident occurred in the Hatfield train station with four dead and over 100 injured.

On 10 May 2002, it came in the neighboring Potters Bar to a similarly serious accident.


Hatfield only has few historical buildings. Primarily Hatfield House is mentioned. Construction began in 1497th King Henry VIII made ​​it a royal residence and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I stayed here often on. Among these was also the church of St. Etheldreda.

Neighboring cities and communities

  • Welwyn Garden City
  • St Albans
  • London Colney
  • Welham Green
  • Brookmans Park
  • Potters Bar
  • Colney Heath
  • Lemsford

Famous sons of the city

  • Babe Ruth, rock band of the 1970s
  • Martin Carthy ( born 1940 ), folk singer
  • Iain Dowie (born 1965 ), former football player, now Coach
  • Robert Gascoyne - Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury ( 1830-1903 ), British statesman and Prime Minister
  • Guy Ritchie ( b. 1968 ), director, former husband of the singer Madonna