Place:Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England

Alt namesBishops Hatfieldsource: Domesday Book (1985 ed.) p 137
Bishops-Hatfieldsource: Family History Library Catalog
Hatfield-Bishopssource: Family History Library Catalog
Hetfellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 137
Woodhillsource: Family History Library Catalog
Bishop's Hatfieldsource: parish in which it was located
TypeTown, Civil parish
Coordinates51.767°N 0.217°W
Located inHertfordshire, England
See alsoBishop's Hatfield, Hertfordshire, Englandparish in which Hatfield was located until 1951
Hatfield Rural, Hertfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1951-1974
Welwyn Hatfield District, Hertfordshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Hatfield is a town and civil parish in Hertfordshire, England, in the borough of Welwyn Hatfield. It had a population of 29,616 in 2001, and 39,201 at the 2011 Census.[1] The settlement is of Saxon origin. Hatfield House, home of the Marquess of Salisbury, forms the nucleus of the old town. From the 1930s when de Havilland opened a factory until the 1990s when British Aerospace closed it, aircraft design and manufacture employed more people there than any other industry. Hatfield was one of the post-war New Towns built around London and has much modernist architecture from the period. The University of Hertfordshire is based there.

Hatfield lies north of London beside the A1(M) motorway and has direct trains to London King's Cross railway station, Finsbury Park and Moorgate. There has been a strong increase in commuters who work in London moving into the area.

In 2022, TV property expert Phil Spencer named Hatfield as the second best place to live for regular commuters to London, based on train times, house prices and the attractions the town has.

Historically, Hatfield was the main settlement of a large civil parish named Bishop's Hatfield. In 1951 the parish of Bishop's Hatfield was renamed Hatfield.

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