North Herts

The district was formed in 1974 combining the former Urban Districts of Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock and Royston with Hitchin Rural District. It occupies the low chalk hills of the north-eastern Chilterns, extending north into the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire plain around Ashwell and Hinxworth, and south to the valley of the River Lea around Codicote.

The area south and west of Hitchin is dominated by small hamlets linked by a network of winding lanes with high hedgerows, while to the east of Baldock, the landscape is open, with few hedges and larger, more nucleated villages.

Each of the towns has a distinctive character: Hitchin, Baldock and Royston are medieval market towns, each retaining numerous historic buildings, while Letchworth Garden City is world famous as the first Garden City.

The towns offer a wide range of shopping facilities, combining high street names with traditional markets, interesting antique and craft centres and small specialty shops. Farmers’ Markets are held regularly at Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City and Royston, selling a range of local produce.

The larger shopping centres of Stevenage, Luton, Welwyn Garden City and Watford are all within easy travelling distance of North Hertfordshire. In addition Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Lakeside and Bluewater are less than an hour by car.

North Hertfordshire is not dominated by a single large town: instead, Hitchin and Letchworth Garden City are roughly the same size and are only five kilometres (three miles) apart. The main council offices are located in Letchworth Garden City. Royston has an additional town council, funded through a parish precept.

The rural section of the North Hertfordshire District covers 127 square miles around the towns of Baldock, Hitchin, Letchworth and Royston and has boundaries with Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Essex. It is an important agricultural area with a few industries and in recent years it has grown considerably as a residential area with places such as Knebworth becoming almost small towns.

A perfect location for filming

The region has some lovely parks and open spaces:

There is so much diversity to North Herts’ landscapes, they can be used time and time again for a wide range of film productions as well as fashion shoots, stills and photography.

All filming and photoshoot enquiries are handled by FAME Pro.


Letchworth Garden City

Hitchin Market

North Herts Leisure Centre

Letchworth Outdoor Pool

Filmed In North Herts