Heritage

70 years of Stevenage
Monday, May 15, 2017

If you think the weather is miserable on this wet and windy Monday morning, spare a thought for people in our area 320 years ago this very day as the Great Offley Storm hit – killing a shepherd lad and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

Music composed by a Hitchin teenager to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee is to be performed again for the first time in 40 years, as former choristers get together for a reunion.

Hitchin and Stevenage may not be the first places that come to mind when you think of the history of the internet – but this week marks 40 years since work started on a world-leading fibre optic link between the two towns that led to video streaming, social networks and more.

There will be plenty of holiday fun at Knebworth House this weekend with the stately home’s annual Easter Trail for children and then jousting back to thrill visitors.

A Biggleswade market grocery stall dating back to before the Second World War has finally traded in the town for the last time.

What would the ancient Greek poet Sappho – who has a statue in Letchworth – say if she popped back today? Ponder in a short essay, a poem or a piece of art and you could win a competition.

Herts historians marking the First World War’s centenary are to craft a state-of-the-art online archive after today receiving a £99,800 National Lottery grant.

The long aristocratic line of the Lytton family, owners of Knebworth House, is full of colour, but it has also held a dark secret – one that has not been fully told until now.

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