70 years of Stevenage Timeline

 

Heritage

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A unique collection of photographs taken by children showing how places in Stevenage have changed over time is touring different locations across the town.

Tucked away in a corner of Hitchin, there is a team hard at work developing innovative products for the food and drink and pharmaceutical industries, carrying on the work started by their founder more than 170 years ago.

We live in times of shifting political sands in Hitchin, having just elected our first new MP for two decades – but our parliamentary history is already a fascinating one, with previous MPs including a Russian baron and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

A young mum from Stevenage has been staggered by the response to her request for people to share their memories of a town centre store, with more than 350 people indulging in the nostalgia of Fine Fare.

While battlefield tours are de rigeur on the continent, we don’t have much of the sort in Hertfordshire – but a group of community historians are set to change that.

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.

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