About Hemel Hempstead
Much of Hemel Hempstead's early history remains blissfully untouched in the quaint area of the Old Town, its original centre. It is home to the church of St Mary, built in 1140, one of the finest remaining examples of Norman architecture in the county.
The significant expansion of the town began after World War II, when it was designated as one of the proposed New Towns, to house the displaced population of London after the Blitz. By 1951 there was a waiting list of 10,000 wishing to move to the area. New developments surrounded the original town on all sides, and a proposal for Hemel's famous Plough or 'Magic' Roundabout was accepted.
Hemel Hempstead continues to expand and redevelop. The Marlowes Shopping Centre has recently been supplemented by the new Riverside complex, and the town's tallest building, once the Kodak headquarters, is to be developed into apartments. Use this page to discover more about the town, from current community news, council projects and entertainment, to local attractions and history.
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Officially launched in 1976, The Dacorum Community Trust is a charity dedicated to helping those most in need within the Dacorum area. It was also one of the first Community Trusts to be set up giving advice and support to other Community Trusts which have been set up all over the country.
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Keep up to date with the work of local MP for Hemel Hempstead, Mike Penning. Find out the latest news and information about issues that may affect you together with campaigns, speeches, debates, photo gallery and how to contact your local MP Mike Penning online.
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Current news and information regarding government projects in departments such as Community and Living, Environment, and Leisure and Culture. Search for jobs and businesses, view planning applications and make payments online.
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Your essential guide to what's happening at pubs, clubs, restaurants and other businesses in the Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, updated weekly.
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Rotary International is the world's largest service organisation for business and professional people, with 1.2 million members in more than 150 countries world-wide. Visit the Hemel Hempstead club for more information.
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The Dacorum Talking Newspaper is delivered every Saturday morning and provides an hour of audio news to those unable to read the local paper. Find out about the history of the DTN and download recent editions. With information on local courses for the visually-impaired.
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