Visit Stevenage and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, is a fascinating place to visit for it has achieved the unexpected: a completely new town, spacious, well-planned and attractively modern, yet retaining in Old Stevenage its ancient charm and much of historical interest.
The new town has a number of varied industries as well as large office blocks. The new church is an unusual building with a semi-circular roof and the upper half of the structure almost completely of glass.
In the old town, which is centred round the broad main street with its avenues of horse chestnuts and limes and good parking facilities, are old cottages and houses, mostly used as shops, but still retaining their original features. The Grange, an early Georgian house, with a broad 12-bay front and large carriageway was formerly a coaching inn. Nearby is the Yorkshire Grey, another old inn with its original exterior of widely spread windows and the Tuscan pilasters of the door, but its interior is greatly modernized. Running off the High Street are narrow little streets with 17th century cottages.
About ¾ miles south are the Barrows of Six Hills, believed to have been built in Roman times for burial purposes.
Standing nearly a mile from the centre of the town is the Church of St Nicholas. dating from the 12th century. It is of flint and its low Norman tower has a leaded spire. The roof, screens and stalls are 15th century, but the font is 13th century. There are screens between the aisles and chapels, chancel and chapels, and nave and chancel. The choir seats are decorated with misericords. There are two monuments of note: a brass to a 15th century priest, Stephen Hillard, and an effigy of a woman with a wimple, accompanied by an angel and a priest, c. 1300.
The Roebuck Inn, 1 mile along the Al, is 400 years old and although the original building is still there, it has been extended greatly and is now called the Roebuck Motor Hotel.
Nearby towns: Baldock, Buntingford, Letchworth, Harpenden, Hertford, Hitchin, Luton, Ware, Welwyn Garden City.
Nearby villages: Little Wymondley, Langley, Aston, St Ippollitts, Graveley, Walkern, Knebworth, Datchworth, Woolmer Green, Benington, Watton-at-Stone, Weston, Clothall, Preston, Whitwell
Have you decided to visit Stevenage or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Stevenage bed and breakfast (a Stevenage B&B or Stevenage b and b)
- a Stevenage guesthouse
- a Stevenage hotel (or motel)
- a Stevenage self-catering establishment, or
- other Stevenage accommodation